Video: Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall – Potlatch Symphony


Musicians from the Seattle Symphony performed an outstanding symphony with members of the native community from the Puget Sound area. The symphony was composed by Janice Giteck andĀ entitled Potlatch Symphony. Potlatch is a native word that means “a gift”.Ms. Giteck worked with the native community throughout the course of a year to incorporate the Seattle Symphony sound and the native people’s music. The result is a unique piece of music paying respect to both musical genres.

Potlatch Symphony was presented during the freeĀ Day of Music at Benaroya Hall in Downtown Seattle, Washington on September 22, 2013.

Details about the videos including the musicians are listed below the videos.


Video – Part 1

Seattle Symphony and Seattle Symphony Chorale
Conducted by Ludovic Morlot
Playing Alexander Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor

Potlatch Symphony
Composed by Janice Giteck
Processional: The Changer (Chinook Jargon Song)

Video – Part 2 (Video shows excerpts from the performance listed below)

Potlatch Symphony
Composed by Janice Giteck

Part 1: Lone Eagle Spirit
Part 2: Meeting
Part 3: Quartet Exchange: Improvisation
Part 4: Dance Catcher
Recessional: Chief Dan George Song

Stilian Kirov, Conductor
Paul Taub, Flute & Bass Flute
Paul “Che Oke Ten” Wagner, Native Flute
Laura Deluca, Clarinet & Bass Clarinet
Swil Kanim, Native & Classical Violin

Thank you to Benaroya Hall for the free Day of Music and to all of the musicians, conductors and composer for their hard work in their performance!

Where you able to attend the Day of Music at Benaroya Hall?
Did you enjoy the videos?
Please share your thoughts in the comments below.


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Lisa Kuhn

Lisa has traveled through South America for three months exploring Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. She also traveled extensively in the Western United States including Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Montana and South Dakota. Lisa has traveled to Europe three times including her first trip in Europe backpacking for three months of solo-travel.

2 responses to “Video: Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall – Potlatch Symphony”

  1. Kay says:

    I would love somehow to get a DVD copy of the Potlatch symphony performance. Any ideas of how I might accomplish my mission. I was at the performance and thoroughly enjoyed it. However, my son missed it due to his sons who had other interests in another room. please let me know

    • Lisa Kuhn says:

      Hi Kay… sorry I didn’t get back in touch! I’ve been traveling a bit. Please email me your mailing address so that I can mail it to you – lisa [at] ilivewhereiam [dot] com. I’ll get it in the mail this week.

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