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Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Ciara and Russell Wilson team up with Seattle Symphony for benefit concert

If you missed Macklemore’s December shows at KeyArena, here’s another chance to catch him on a Seattle stage, this time sharing the spotlight with Ryan Lewis, Ciara and the Seattle Symphony.

They’re all coming together to perform in a May 10 benefit concert at Benaroya Hall, hosted by Russell Wilson, that’s intended to support greater equity and opportunities for young people, and access to the arts.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Ciara and the Seattle Symphony — whose associate conductor, Pablo Rus Broseta, will conduct the concert — will perform individually as well as collaboratively, according to the symphony’s news release.

Tickets to the concert go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Tickets start at $75 and can be purchased online at seattlesymphony.org, through Seattle Symphony’s iPhone and Android apps, by calling (206) 215-4747, or by going in person to the Seattle Symphony ticket office at Third Avenue and Union Street.

Proceeds from the concert will go to the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Equity Fund, Russell Wilson and Ciara’s Why Not You Foundation and the Seattle Symphony, which has, among its education programs, Link Up, a multiyear curriculum that involves young students in music making.

The concert will also include performances by the youths in some of the education programs, including teens in Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ The Residency, which works to strengthen young people’s songwriting, performance and production skills.

The concert grew out of conversations between the artists and organizations about how to come up with creative ways to engage the community in supporting efforts focused on youth, equity and arts access, according to the news release.

“As our city grows and changes, it’s so important for us to be supporting and investing in young people,” Macklemore said in the release. “If we want this generation and the next generation to be healthy, fulfilled and to make progress, then we need to give young people the space and platform to express themselves.”

Ciara called music and the arts “an avenue for mental and emotional wellness and healing,” while Seattle Symphony Board Chair Leslie Jackson Chihuly said in the release that the symphony shares the “joy and inspiration of music with more than 10,000 school children each year. … We believe arts and music are important not only for their intrinsic beauty, but for their ability to connect us to one another and to our humanity.”


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