Experience the tradition, the stories and the emotional power of classical music as it was meant to be heard. We invite you to join us for Masterworks. Nine concerts of breathtaking selections from the world’s most inspired composers. Performed with a passion that will stir your soul and bring joy to your heart.

Want to learn about the show you’re about to see? Join us for a 30-minute pre-concert talk, offered for all Masterworks performances.

2019-2020 subscriptions are available now. Single tickets to the 2019-2020 season will go on sale in August. 

Upcoming Events:

From the New World

Friday, January 15, 2021 - Sunday, January 17, 2021

As an Asian female, my journey as a conductor has been challenging, and yet, it was even more difficult for my black female colleagues.  I have known Jeri Lynne Johnson since she became a fellow Taki Concordia winner in 2005. We celebrate the new year with Piano Concerto in One Movement... Event Details


Friday, February 12, 2021 - Sunday, February 14, 2021

There is a picture of me in college dressed as the risqué gypsy Carmen. I loved singing and performing the role, with her sultry melodies, surrounded by the passion and bravado of bullfighters.  A Russian prince falls in love with and saves the princess with the help of The Firebird, and I’m... Event Details

Beethoven 7 & Time for Three

Friday, March 12, 2021 - Sunday, March 14, 2021

The members of string trio Time for Three are like The Beatles of the classical world - contagious energy, incredible charisma, and brilliant music-making, while defying convention and boundaries.  Not surprisingly, they inspired me to conduct in leather pants for the very first time when they were last with the... Event Details

Strauss & Glass

Friday, April 9, 2021 - Sunday, April 11, 2021

To mentor is to touch a life forever. I think of guest conductor Gerard Schwarz as a musical father, and he touched my life as a musician and a person when I worked as his Assistant Conductor at the Seattle Symphony.  An impressive international conductor with over 350 recordings to... Event Details


Friday, May 7, 2021 - Sunday, May 9, 2021

As an immigrant, I always look for opportunities to share the great diversity of the world’s music with our audience.  Beatles guitarist George Harrison collaborated closely with Ravi Shankar, and called him ‘the godfather of world music.’ Event Details

Missa Solemnis

Friday, June 4, 2021 - Sunday, June 6, 2021

I often think about how to make a difference and contribute to the lives of those around me. What could be better than celebrating this 10th season with the HSO by looking to the future and helping to bring a dream to reality!  I asked HSO’s beloved Assistant Conductor Adam... Event Details

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