Benaroya Hall

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Rumples
Tucson, AZ11,161 contributions
We spend a few months each year, living in Seattle, and Benaroya Hall is one of our favorite places to go. Home to the Seattle Symphony, this Downtown building also hosts other groups in both its 2,479-seat S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium and the 536-seat Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall. I can attest to the fact that the Auditorium offers excellent acoustics, superb sight lines and comfortable seats. But our most recent visit in November took us to the Recital Hall for a performance by Casa Pata Flamenco from Spain. The Recital Hall offers the same features as the Auditorium but in a more intimate setting on the second floor.

The show, titled "Raiz de 4," featured two dancers, a guitarist and a percussionist. All proved to be superb, especially the male dancer, Rafael Peral. I have never seen such footwork, even in Spain, where I lived for a while and often went to flamenco performances. This production was typical of the consistently excellent offerings that I have attended at Benaroya Hall.

But performances and lectures by notables are not the only draws at the Hall. The modern structure, which opened in 1998, holds some outstanding artwork. My favorite is "Crystal Cascade," a sculpture by glass artist Dale Chihuly, which consists of two 3-ton chandeliers, each suspended from opposite ends of the block-long corridor at the front of the building. Visitors can enter this section of Benaroya Hall to see Chihuly's work or stop at a coffee kiosk whenever the building is open. They can also take one of the infrequent, free public tours of the Hall, which present an opportunity to see some of the other artwork without attending a performance. With so many changes in Seattle because of COVID-19, however, I recommend checking on-line or calling to learn if there are restrictions in effect for entering the building.

Though many parking garages exist nearby, we never take our car Downtown, because of heavy traffic. Buses stop directly in front of the building and Sound Transit light rail has a stop below the Hall at University Street Station. Restaurants abound close-by. I especially like Wild Ginger, which specializes in Southeast Asian cuisine, and is located next door at 3rd and Union.
Written 26 August 2020
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amvan78
Spokane, WA7 contributions
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Seriously not a single bad seat in the entire place. My seats for Brandi Carlile with the symphony were up on the 3rd floor near the very back and the sound and views were still great up there. I liked the unexpected social space in the main lobby to mingle, eat, drink before entering the actual venue. Once inside there were plenty of bars that moved fast an were staffed with hilarious, friendly people. I hope to find more events to attend here on future visits to this city.
Written 4 March 2020
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SunnyandBuster
Seattle, WA738 contributions
Couples
This concert hall is just beautiful with excellent acoustics. For this visit we were there to hear Brandi Carlile with the Seattle Symphony. The sound is so alive here that Brandi and the twins did an unplugged song which was fantastic.
Every person I dealt with from ordering tickets and parking to the folks manning the entrances were friendly and helpful. A really great experience attending concerts at Benaroya Hall.
Written 29 February 2020
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Alec D
Seattle, WA2,743 contributions
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Benaroya Hall is a very good performance center in Seattle. The acoustics are very good as are the sight lines. I enjoyed a recent performance of the Seattle Symphony
Written 7 February 2020
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kerin855
22 contributions
After a couple of concerts this past year Benaroya Hall has now become one of my favorite places to go.
Love the ambience with the chandeliers and cafes and most of all the amazing music that made my year a whole lot better.
Written 6 January 2020
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lim48
Bremerton, WA264 contributions
Attended a recent Sunday Christmas concert with the Seattle Mens' Chorus which was great! But...when we first arrived at Benaroya, as we often do, we pre-ordered two glasses of wine to pick up at a table during intermission. After ordering, the bartender turned a computer screen toward me and asked me just to sign, which I did. While he was entering my order into the computer, I left a cash tip in the jar on the counter. When we arrived home in Bremerton, my email receipt showed that I had been charged a $3.45 tip. I have no idea how that tip got added to my charges. So on Monday I called Benaroya and left a voicemail message with Benaroya administration expressing my concern. I never got a return call! My bank has refunded me the $3.45 on my credit card, but I'm seriously unhappy with the lack of customer service from Benaroya. And I'd still like to know how that tip made its way to my card.
Written 9 December 2019
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Michael H
Seattle, WA30 contributions
Benaroya Halll, its sound, the orchestra that plays there and its history are all worth the trip. It is a light rail station, a memorial for soldiers who died serving this country and a stand alone building whose clever design protects the two auditoria from the sound of airplanes above and trains below.
Written 17 November 2019
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Chelsi S
Cheyenne, WY32 contributions
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I saw a concert at the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall inside Benaroya, and everything was beautiful! There was a Chihuly chandelier hanging in the stairway up to the concert, and it was stunning. The recital hall was a nice size for an intimate show.
Written 13 October 2019
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Patti4709
Port Townsend, WA390 contributions
Couples
We love going to Benaroya Hall as every seat seems to be great and the music is always excellent. The other evening we heard the most amazing cello concerto of Dvorak I have ever heard. Perfect pairing of orchestra and soloist and conductor - and he gave an encore!
You can have a simple meal before the show in the downstairs lobby - food is ok; not great. Wine is good though.
New conductor here; beautiful space; and excellent music. Make it a must go to if you are here
Written 28 September 2019
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George H
Sedona, AZ759 contributions
Solo
Beautiful place for a concert row G , I grew up listening to George Winston on CD's now live what a great Christmas present from my son. the
Written 27 September 2019
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