Benaroya Hall organ recital and Pike Place Market
Six times a year the beautiful Benaroya Hall in Seattle (home to the Seattle Symphony) hosts a free organ recital. This picture shows the amazing 4,490 pipe organ, which is located at the back of the concert stage.
Before arriving at the Benaroya, the Rebels ate lunch at the Westlake Mall Food Court… lots of choices, reasonably priced.
Just before the concert started, the lights changed to this lovely pattern. Very nice! Today’s musical theme was “Bach and beyond”, featuring (of course) J.S. Bach, but also subsequent composers who were influenced by his work. The organist, Joseph Adam, narrates the program telling the audience a bit about each piece.
Directly after the organ recital, we stayed for a 30 minute tour of the hall. We learned many interesting facts, such as the Hall hosts approximately 700 events a year! The building itself is lovely, with so many thoughtful details. The picture on the left is the lobby. The windows in this area were tested in Boeing’s wind tunnel.
A few other tidbit facts: The gorgeous wood covering the halls walls are from ONE tree (veneer cut in credit card thickness). The hall is surrounded and supported by huge steel and rubber drums, which provides both soundproofing and earthquake protection. During the Nisqually earthquake of 2000 the orchestra was practicing, and had no idea an earthquake was occurring.
After the tour, most of us headed to the Pike Place Market, a couple blocks north of the Hall. Yes, summer is crazy busy at the Market… but… we slogged through the crowds. The flowers were magnificent. The energy high. Sharlene caught a photo of me in the Market :-0
Thanks, Sharlene, for taking all of the photos in this post!