How often have you seen someone outside a New York city theater holding up a sign saying ‘I need a ticket!’. Lots of times, right? But how often have you seen that sign outside a symphony performance? If you were in Manhattan on Tuesday, May 7th you would have seen that sign and a crush of people waiting to get in to witness the Seattle Symphony Orchestra’s sold out performance. The symphony’s appearance was part of the final Spring for Music Series at Carnegie Hall, and it may have been the best in the series’ short four-year history. The Seattle Symphony brought their innovative style, their A game, and Become Ocean, this year’s winner of the Pulitzer prize for music. It was a night to remember and the next day’s reviews couldn’t have been more effusive in their praise.

Read the some of the reviews:

New York Times called Seattle Symphony’s program for Carnegie “a model of fresh artistic thinking.”

The Boston Globe describes the partnership between Ludovic Morlot, the symphony’s music director, and the musicians as “firing on all cylinders.”

The Seattle Times called the performance “… a pivotal for both Adams, the Alaska composer who recently won the Pulitzer Prize for Become Ocean — and who was hearing it performed live for the first time — and for the Seattle Symphony, which commissioned it.” We love that the Times placed our video for Become Ocean at the top of their article!

The Seattle Weekly has a great almost minute-by-minute recounting of the symphony’s trip to Carnegie.

NPR posted some photos from the performance.