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Rebels Adventure: Benaroya Hall, Home of the Seattle Symphony

Yesterday was the last Rebel’s adventure for Winter quarter…another indication that Spring is coming!

Twelve eager travelers met at the Martin Way Park and Ride in Lacey at 9:00, where we talked about bus basics.  We boarded to Intercity Transit Bus 605 at 9:20, arriving at the Lakewood Highway 512 Park and Ride at 9:50.

The next leg of the journey was aboard Sound Transit 594, which we boarded at 10:08.  The traffic was light, since it was a holiday; so our bus arrived in Seattle a bit earlier than scheduled.  We got off the bus at 4th and Seneca at about 11:15.

The wind was brisk, but at least it wasn’t raining!  We crossed 4th Avenue, heading down the hill to 3rd Avenue.  Again, we crossed the street at Seneca, heading north to the corner of 3rd and University and the entrance to the our destination:  Benaroya Hall. 

Benaroya Hall is the home of the Seattle Symphony.  It takes up an entire city block; from 2nd to 3rd, and University to Union.  The large foyer of the hall has many small tables, as well as a Starbucks and Wolfgang Puck café counter.  Many of us bought a warm something to go with our sack lunches where to buy electronic cigarettes in murfreesboro tn.  We had a leisurely lunch, then entered the Hall just before the start of the 12:30 organ recital.

The huge 4,490 pipe organ fills the back of the stage.  For more information about the organ see: http://www.seattlesymphony.org/benaroya/press/watjen.aspx

Yesterday’s recital was entitled “Variations on a theme”.  The organist, Joseph Adams, spoke briefly about the composer and music before each part of the program.  Very interesting, as well as informative!

The (free!) organ recitals (and hall tours) take place six times a year, on Mondays at 12:30.  For a schedule of dates and recital themes, see: http://www.seattlesymphony.org/benaroya/tour/

Immediately after the recital, a docent told us about the Benaroya Hall (the design, acoustics, materials used) as well as the organ itself.

We excused ourselves at a break at 2:00, and headed one block downhill to 2nd Avenue, then south (left) to Seneca for one block to our bus stop.  Yes; we did cut it close… we waited only a few minutes for our 2:12 Sound Transit bus 594 to arrive.

Again, due to traffic we arrived at the Lakewood Park and Ride lot a bit before our scheduled time.  We caught the Intercity Transit bus 605 just after 3:30, arriving back at the Martin Way Park and Ride at 4:00 pm.

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