Music + Culture
3:45 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Port Angeles Symphony

Robin Rilette introducing the November 2nd performance of the Port Angeles Symphony
Credit Sandi Billings / Northwest Public Radio

Last weekend I was in Port Angeles with my colleague, Sandi Billings, to host the Port Angeles Symphony's November 2nd concert.   Music Director and Conductor Adam Stern and I joined forces for the pre-concert chat.  Adam spontaneously said, "Let's wing it!" before going on stage and so we fielded questions  covering a wide range of topics including the Brahms Symphony No. 3  and how I put together my morning classical music program.

The symphony was in good form playing the Brahms, Mozart's Magic Flute Overture and Czech compsoser Bohuslav Martinu's Rhapsody-Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, featuring a commanding and dynamic performance by violist, Melia Watras.  

Left to right; Adam Stern, Robin Rilette presents a bouquet to featured soloist, Melia Watras.
Credit Sandi Billings / Northwest Public Radio

Before the concert Sandi and I had a chance to meet with some Northwest Public Radio listeners at the Oven Spoonful where we enjoyed both a delicious lunch and delightful conversation.  We also had a chance to visit Port Book and News where I found some nice gifts for my nieces and nephews.   There was also time for a quick trip to the Olympic National Park Visitor Center.

We had a wonderful time in Port Angeles and I'd like to thank everyone who made us feel so welcome.   Special thanks to the Executive Director of the Port Angeles Symphony, Mark Wendenborn for his gracious hospitality, and to our hosts Gene and Norma Turner who gave us the run of their lovely home, fixed us garden fresh food and continued a great conversation that started at Oven Spoonful.  Our only regret is that we couldn't stay longer!

Robin Rilette, Executive Director Mark Wendenborn and Bryan Monohon, trombonist with the symphony for 15 years and the Mayor of Forks.
Credit Sandi Billings / Northwest Public Radio