Northwest Symphony Season: September Opening Concerts

Sep 9, 2016

Symphony season is here once more, and soon, orchestral performances will be filling the region.  Below, you’ll find out what Northwest symphonies and ensembles have in mind to open their 2016/2017 seasons.

Yakima's Second Sunday Series begins the season with a performance from Trio Brilliante - the winners of the Seattle Ladies' Musical Club Frances Walton Competition. September 11, 2:00 pm, Englewood Christian Church. 

The Yakima Symphony is kicking things off with their Classical Mystery Tour – a pops in the form of a Beatles tribute concert to start their season! September 17, 7:30 pm, Capitol Theatre.

Soprano Amanda Forsythe joins the Early Music Society of the Islands for an evening of early vocal music in a program titled "Handel and his Rivals: Opera Arias from 18th century London.September 17, 8:00 pm Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria.

The award winning Prima Trio kicks off the Auditorium Chamber Music Series for this year with a concert September 20. A diverse program of Mozart, Piazzolla and Khachaturian await.  September 20, 7:30 pm, University of Idaho Auditorium in the Administration Building.

Northwest stars Brittany Boulding and Denise Dillenbeck are set to perform Bach’s Double Concerto with the Northwest Sinfonietta. That beloved concerto will be accompanied by Schumann, Stravinsky and Ysaye. Three chances to hear in three different locations – September 23-25, check here for various locations and times.

Camerata Musica welcomes The Baltimore Consort to celebrate the start of the 2016-2017 season with a program titled “The Food of Love: Songs for Shakespeare.” Join the early music ensemble in honoring the 400th anniversary of the death of the Bard. September 24, 8:00 pm – Battelle Auditorium.

Rimsky-Korsakov’s musical storytelling marks the season premiere for the Victoria Symphony – his masterpiece Scheherazade is featured along with Rachmaninoff’s first piano concerto. September 24, 8:00 pm, Royal Theater.

The Washington Idaho Symphony starts things off with a pop! Or pops, rather. Selections from Star Wars and a video game medley accompany Beethoven's 5th symphony on its opening concert of the season. September 24 - 25, check here for location and times.

The Wenatchee Valley Symphony invites you to the first concert of their 70th season, Coming to America. Dvorak and Korngold both made voyages to the States and are both featured on the program.  October 1, 7:00 pm, Numerica Performing Arts Center.

Beethoven’s fifth opens the Mid-Columbia Symphony’s season – the first of the four fifth symphonies to be featured in their season Circle of Fifths.  October 1, 7:30pm, Richland High School Auditorium.

The Federal Way Symphony opens this season with the bold Symphony No. 2 from Jean Sibelius and Schumann’s only piano concerto. October 2, 2:00 pm, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church.

The Walla Walla Symphony starts the season with a program of classical/bluegrass crossover – fiddlers Mark and Maggie O’Connor perform some of Mark’s music, including Appalachia Waltz and part of his Double Concerto. Dvorak’s “New World” accompanies, staying with the Americana theme. October 4, 7:00 pm, Cordiner Hall.

The Celtic ensemble Cherish the Ladies are making their way to Richland for the first Community Concerts of the Tri-Cities. Treat yourself to an evening of internationally acclaimed traditional Irish music. October 4, 7:30 pm, Faith Assembly Auditorium.

The Met: Live in HD kicks off this season with a performance of Tristan und Isolde – Sir Simon Rattle leads the Met Orchestra in this Wagnerian classic. October 8, find a theater near you.

This October marks the start of the Auburn Symphony’s 20th season. Guest conductor Nicholas Hersh brings with him a symphonic arrangement of Bohemian Rhapsody to complement a couple of classical rhapsody masterpieces from Gershwin and Rachmaninoff.  October 9, 2:30 pm, Auburn Performing Arts Center

Celebrate the arrival of Fall with the Olympia Symphony! “Summer Departs” is the first concert of their series, Music for All Seasons. October 9, 7:00 pm, Washington Center Main Stage.

Don’t see a Northwest ensemble you were looking for? Some have premieres later in year: Bayshore Symphony, Palouse Choral Society, Port Angeles Symphony, Seattle Philharmonic, Sidney Classical Orchestra, Tacoma Symphony, Wenatchee Columbia ChoraleWhatcom Symphony

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