Dear Friends of Philharmonia Northwest,
Welcome to our 44th Season! I’m so excited to share with you some really magnificent music in four different venues this year!
Continuing our search for diverse music, we’re presenting a concert of all female composers’ works. Taking inspiration from life and nature, both Emily Doolittle and Sheila Silver write beautiful music in their own distinct voices. Amy Beach has long been relegated to the edge of mainstream symphonic music, but she was a truly talented musician and composer. Her “Gaelic” Symphony was the first symphony by a female composer to be premiered by a major American institution, the Boston Symphony. Her symphony uses Gaelic themes as a tribute to her heritage. In addition to female composers, we’re exploring the cultures of Argentina and Spain through the works of Ginastera and Turina. Rich with vivid rhythms and colorful harmonies, their music depicts the beautiful landscapes and people of their homelands.
This year we’re having not one, but two special concerts. First, the cheerful music of Charlie Brown will be brought to life by the spectacular piano soloist Jeffrey Biegel, along with music for one of Dr. Seuss’ stories, The Sneetches, performed at the newly renovated Town Hall, a return to the venue by this orchestra after more than two decades. And of course our year wouldn’t be complete without celebrating Beethoven’s 250th birthday at Benaroya Hall along with the Kirkland Choral Society.
We’re excited to share these wonderful concerts with you, and I hope we’ll see you and your families there!
Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 2:30pm
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church ($15-$25)
Ann Ellsworth horn
Emily Doolittle: Reedbird for winds and brass
Sheila Silver: Being In Life – Concerto for French horn and Alpenhorn, Tibetan singing bowls, and string orchestra (new commission)
Amy Beach: Symphony in E minor, op. 32 “Gaelic”
Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 2pm
Town Hall ($10-$30)
Jeffrey Biegel piano
Jacques Offenbach: Overture “Can-Can” from Orpheus in the Underworld
Lorenzo Palomo: Dr. Seuss’ THE SNEETCHES for narrator and orchestra
Vince Guaraldi, arranged Dick Tunney: Peanuts Concerto for piano and orchestra
Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 2:30pm
Shorecrest High School Performing Arts Center ($15-$25)
Valerie Muzzolini Gordon harp
Alberto Ginastera: Estancia Suite, op. 8a
Alberto Ginastera: Harp Concerto, op. 25
Joaquín Turina: Sinfonia sevillana
Saturday, April 18, 2020 at 2pm
Benaroya Hall ($25-$35)
Craig Sheppard piano
Jake Runestad: A Silence Haunts Me
Beethoven: Overture to Egmont, op. 84
Beethoven: Choral Fantasy, op. 80
Beethoven: Mass in C, op. 86