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"Fearlessness and Directness": Schubert's "Unfinished"

Date and Time

Friday, October 21, 2016 at 7:30 pm


Meydenbauer Theatre
11100 NE 6th ST
Bellevue, WA 98004


Symphony No. 8, "Unfinished"Franz Schubert
The Trumpet of the SwanBenjamin Lees
Karelia SuiteJean Sibelius
Spring SongJean Sibelius
FinlandiaJean Sibelius

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Incomplete it may be, but Franz Schubert's eighth symphony is still a perfect masterpiece, a miraculous combination of passion, darkness and beauty. Jean Sibelius, Finland's leading composer, is represented by Finlandia, a fervent cry for his country's independence, as well as the folk-inspired Karelia Suite and the poignant symphonic poem Spring Song. Seattle-based actor Kurt Beattie, longtime artistic director of ACT Theatre, joins the Sammamish Symphony for a rare performance of Benjamin Lees' setting of The Trumpet of the Swan by beloved author E. B. White (Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little).


Kurt Beattie, narrator

Photograph of Kurt BeattieKurt Beattie has been creating theatre for Puget Sound audiences for over 40 years as an actor, playwright, and director. He served as Artistic Director at ACT Theatre for twelve years, and currently holds the title of Artistic Director Emeritus there. Among the many productions he has directed at ACT are Vanya and Sonja and Masha and Spike, Grey Gardens, In the Next Room, Becky’s New Car, Bach at Leipzig; and, all with scores composed by Adam Stern, The Pillowman, Double Indemnity, Art (Seattle Rep), and A Christmas Carol. Elsewhere he has directed and acted at the Seattle Rep, Intiman Theatre, The 5th Avenue Theatre, and many other theatres, locally and nationally. As an actor, he has appeared in numerous major and leading roles here and nationally. Most recently he was seen as Scrooge in ACT’s A Christmas Carol, and Lear in Seattle Shakespeare Company’s 2006 production of King Lear. Beattie is a recipient of the Theatre Puget Sound Gregory A. Falls Sustained Achievement Award, and the Outstanding Achievement in the Arts Award from ArtsFund.