Seattle will let Trump workers in for free until June

Seattle will let Trump workers in for free until June


norman lebrecht

January 18, 2019

The Seattle Symphony is showing serious sympathy with unpaid US government workers.

Message received:

SEATTLE, WA – The Seattle Symphony announced today that furloughed federal government employees are eligible to receive up to four complimentary tickets for Seattle Symphony performances for the remainder of the 2018–2019 season. Tickets must be reserved by February 1 in person or by calling the Ticket Office and a government-issued ID is required upon pick up. Subject to availability, concerts on the following series are included: Delta Air Lines Masterworks Season, Seattle Pops series, Untuxed series, [untitled] series, Baroque & Wine series, In Recital series, Chamber series, Fluke/Gabelein Organ Recitals, Family Concerts and Tiny Tots Concerts.

“Federal employees devote their careers serving the greater nation,” shared Krishna Thiagarajan, President & CEO of the Seattle Symphony and Benaroya Hall. “At a time when they are being asked to make sacrifices, we hope our small gesture can help alleviate some of the burdens they and their loved ones are experiencing.”




  • Eric says:

    It’s wrong to categorize all US federal employees as those of Trump, let alone any US president. But, orchestras and arts organizations across the US are doing a wonderful thing by offering free tickets or discounted tickets to furloughed federal employees. This is how arts orgs can be beneficial to their local communities.

    • MacroV says:

      Yes. Please do not refer to us as “Trump workers.” We are professionals who serve whoever is in power (though most of us probably despise Trump, as he well knows).

      • Doug says:

        So it’s true. You don’t nobly provide a needed and valuable service to the populace, you work for your own petty self-perpetuation. Oink.

    • Bill says:

      I wonder what prompted 3 people to give this a thumbs-down vote? What might one object to here?

      someone thinks it is right to categorize US federal employees as Trump employees?

      someone thinks orchestras and arts organizations are not doing a wonderful thing by making unsold tickets available to federal workers currently not being paid? I suppose you might not think that rises to the level of wonderful

      someone thinks it isn’t an example of arts organizations being beneficial to their local communities…seems like they are doing what they normally do, except at a lower cost for a select group of attendees.

      so what is it, grumpy Gus and Gertrude? what don’t you like? don’t be shy!

  • Doug says:

    Can I trade those tickets for a loaf of bread and a gallon of milk? I can’t feed my family with Panufnik.

  • Araragi says:

    Sounds like a nice idea but let’s see if these people know how to behave at a concert. People who come into free tickets often don’t take the music seriously and cause disturbances (talking and laughing) for paying members.

    • MacroV says:

      Who are “these people?” Most people who work for the federal government (and this is Seattle, you know) know how to use the proper fork, chew with their mouths closed, not put their elbows on the table, and, most important, not generalize.

      Though the economist in me will agree that people tend to undervalue things they get for free.

      • Araragi says:

        If you would have read my post, you’d have seen that “these people” does not refer to federal workers but to people who “come into free tickets.” Free anything, really. As you yourself wrote, “people tend to undervalue things they get for free.” So you’ve just echoed my point. I don’t care who’s in attendance if they’re well behaved.
        I’ve been to concerts where blocks of tickets were given away and from my experience, when people just take tickets because they’re free, they tend to get bored, which leads to talking, checking phones, and other disturbances.

        • MacroV says:

          Thanks for the clarification, but since only furloughed federal employees are the subject of the piece, it was easy to confuse your point.

    • Chris says:

      Suggest you change your ‘moniker’ from Araragi, to arrarogant! Pillock!

  • Jack says:

    Government workers, not “Trump workers”. Even the president works for the government.

  • Petros Linardos says:

    Trump workers are those who work for Trump, not federal employees.

  • Cyril says:

    Please edit the phrase “Trump workers.” This is a misnomer and insulting.

  • Musician says:

    Your headline sucks. The end.