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The Journey Continues‌

Yaniv Attar, Music Director

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2014-2015 Concert Season

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The Journey Continues…

at the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra!

Our 39th season—and 2nd with Maestro Attar as our music director—continues the stellar musical selections and performances the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra has become known for! We start the season with an evening of sublime strings, and finish up with a rising star in the classical music world. In between, you’ll find innovative composers, and a repertoire that ranges from Mozart to Mussorgsky. This will be a season to remember! Consider buying Season Tickets this year, or indulge in a Discount Package of four or more concerts. We continue our popular TAKEA-TEEN for FREE program for four of our concerts. Buy any Adult Ticket, and you can get a Teen Ticket for free. Last year we sold out the theatre for most of our concerts, and this year we’re expecting the same. You can avoid the rush and secure the best seats when you purchase season tickets now. Don’t miss a single concert!

Order your tickets today.

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2014-2015 Concert Season All concerts at the Mount Baker Theatre. *Artists and Repertoire subject to change.

The Brothers Play Bach Grant & Glenn Donnellan, violins Friday Evening Season Kickoff! September 5, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

Romance at the Piano Spencer Myer, piano October 12, 2014, 3:00 p.m.

Mozart Meets Mahler Dawn Wolski, soprano November 23, 2014, 3:00 p.m.

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Holiday Extravaganza Mount Baker Toppers and the Bellingham Children’s Choir December 7, 2014, 3:00 p.m.

Una Notte in Italia Paul Erhard, double bass February 8, 2014, 3:00 p.m.

Beethoven’s Triple Efe Baltacigil, cello Emma McGrath, violin Jessica Choe, piano March 29, 2014, 3:00 p.m.

Rising Star Johannes Moser, cello May 3, 2014, 3:00 p.m.

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The Brothers Play Bach Friday, September 5, 2014, 7:00 p.m



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Our season begins with a late summer concert of string music, featuring two beloved violin virtuosos with deep local connections. Brothers Grant and Glenn Donnellan share the stage for Bach’s sublime Concerto for Two Violins. To kick off this concert, Glenn Donnellan showcases the baseball bat violin he built himself, in a one-of-a-kind rendition of the national anthem you’ve never heard at a classical concert before!

Biber — Battalia Bach — Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BMV 1043 Mozart — Divertimento, K. 136 WSOLGBrochure2014-15-OneUp.indd 5

TAKE-A-TEEN for FREE Concert! See Ticket Options.

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Romance at the Piano

Sunday, October 12, 2014, 3:00 p.m.

Spencer Myer Renowned pianist Spencer Myer joins the full symphony, performing Chopin’s lush second Piano Concerto. This Julliard-trained and award-winning soloist will be complemented by the orchestra as they complete the program with Brahms’ powerful Second Symphony.

Leshnoff — Starburst Chopin — Piano Concerto no. 2. op. 21 Brahms — Symphony no. 2, op. 73 WSOLGBrochure2014-15-OneUp.indd 6

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Mozart Meets Mahler

Sunday, November 23, 2014, 3:00 p.m.

Dawn Wolski

TAKE-A-TEEN for FREE Concert! See Ticket Options.

Mahler’s pastoral Fourth Symphony is a stunning romantic work that harkens back to the simplicity and tuneful compositions of Mozart. In this program, the orchestra explores the connections between these two famed composers with the help of soprano Dawn Wolski. Her “exquisite” and “ravishing” soprano has mesmerized audiences nationally from New York to D.C., and internationally in famed halls around Russia and China.

Mozart — Overture to Don Giovanni Mozart — Vorrei Spiegarvi, oh Dio, K. 418 Mahler — Symphony no. 4 WSOLGBrochure2014-15-OneUp.indd 7

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Holiday Extravaganza!

Sunday, December 7, 2014, 3:00 p.m.

Featuring the

Mount Baker Toppers and the

Bellingham Children’s Choir The holidays would not be complete without our annual symphony celebration! This season we partner with the Mount Baker Toppers, a captivating all-male vocal ensemble, for light classical selections. The delightful Bellingham Children’s Choir, directed by David Post, will also join us in an intergenerational celebration of music, community, and the holiday spirit.

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Una Notte in Italia

Sunday, February 8, 2015, 3:00 p.m.

l Pau ard Erh A midwinter musical escape that evokes the warmth of a Mediterranean breeze. Featured soloist Paul Erhard, double bass, performs a solo work by Nino Rota, famed for his soundtrack to The Godfather films. This program ends with Respighi’s Pines of Rome, incorporating bird calls and other effects to evoke Rome’s historic ambience.

Gabrielli — Canzon septimi toni a 8 Rossini — Overture to La Gazza Ladra Rota — Divertimento Concertante for double bass & orchestra Puccini — Intermezzo from Manon Lescaut Respighi — Pines of Rome WSOLGBrochure2014-15-OneUp.indd 9

TAKE-A-TEEN for FREE Concert! See Ticket Options.

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Beethoven’s Triple

Sunday, March 29, 2015, 3:00 p.m.

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For the first time, soloists from Seattle Symphony join the WSO! Join us as Principal Cellist Efe Baltacigil, Associate Concertmaster Emma McGrath, and pianist Jessica Choe blend their sounds for this lyrical, conversational trio concerto. The program closes with Sibelius’s riveting Second Symphony, celebrating the TAKE-A-TEEN composer’s 150th anniversary. for FREE Concert!


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Beethoven — Triple Concerto in C major, op. 56 Sibelius — Symphony no. 2 in D major, op.43 WSOLGBrochure2014-15-OneUp.indd 10

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Rising Star Johannes Moser Sunday, May 3, 2015, 3:00 p.m.


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We are delighted to bring superstar cellist Johannes Moser, whom The New York Times declared “brought the house down” at Carnegie Hall with the Philadelphia Orchestra last February. Moser brings his youthful energy and bravura to Bellingham, performing Dvořák’s Cello Concerto—a highlight of the solo cello repertoire. Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition provides a grand ending to the artistic heights of the 2014-15 Whatcom Symphony season.

Dvořák — Cello Concerto in B minor, op. 104 Mussorgsky — Pictures at an Exhibition (arr. Ravel) WSOLGBrochure2014-15-OneUp.indd 11

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Allow us to thank you for your support! The Whatcom Symphony relies on patrons like you to maintain our artistic and education programs in the community. Listed below are special benefits that offer inside access and intimate events with the orchestra. Please join us as a donor this season and celebrate our continued growth under the leadership of Maestro Yaniv Attar.

Special Contributor Benefits Each level includes the benefits of the tiers listed above.

Friend ($50-149):

• Donor name recognized on the WSO website and in concert programs throughout the season.

Patron ($150-249):

• Invitation for two to observe a WSO dress rehearsal and meet players from the orchestra.

Silver Circle ($250-399):

• One invitation for two to a post-concert reception with a guest artist or the Music Director.

Gold Circle ($400-749):

• Invitations for two to all post-concert receptions during the season.

Platinum Circle ($750-1,249):

• Invitations for two to all open dress rehearsals, and the opportunity to sit onstage with the orchestra during one dress rehearsal.

Conductor’s Circle ($1,250+):

• Invitation for two to an intimate brunch with the Music Director, as well as other special invitations as they become available. Additional opportunities (including concert and performer sponsorships) are also available, and feature special benefit packages. For more information contact Thom Mayes, Executive Director, at 360-756-6752, or Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law: Federal Tax ID# 91-1003176.

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Whatcom Symphony Orchestra 14-15 Season Brochure  

2014-2015 Concert Season

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