Dear Friends, It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 42nd season of the WSO, and my 5th year as Music Director. I am excited about what we have achieved so far and what lies ahead for us. This is going to be a remarkable season: full of beauty, power, and inspiration. From the sounds of Beethoven’s Heroic and Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony to the fairytale of Scheherazade by Rimsky-Korsakov, this season will bring you some of the most powerful and beloved works in our repertoire, alongside some less familiar composers like Arvo Pärt and Paul Hindemith. The third year of our Harmony from Discord program features a fantastic concerto for cello and narrator by Israeli composer Sharon Farber. This program is a real highlight of my musical life, and I am so grateful you are joining me for this musical journey. We have an incredible lineup of soloists, coming from the USA, England, France and Israel, each of them a virtuoso and a star. We are thrilled to bring them to Bellingham and showcase their artistry with our orchestra and our community. Our season finale, Carmina Burana, will bring to stage the largest amount of musicians in the history of the WSO. We are excited to start a new partnership with the Mount Baker Theatre, collaborating on our Educational Concert. Your support of our orchestra makes the WSO the jewel that it is in Bellingham, and I consider all of you my musical family. Through you and with you, we make a difference in our community. I cannot wait to see you all at our concerts. Musically yours,
NEW & EXPANDED PROGRAMS!
If Music be the Food of Love Fine food, fine company, and fine music!
AT-HOME DINNERS: Intimate dinners with concert soloists, hosted by WSO supporters in their lovely homes. These are a delightful opportunity to meet and dine with our soloists, for a truly memorable experience! RESTAURANTS: Dining experiences that feature WSO player performances at a variety of restaurants around town. As Shakespeare said, â€œIf music be the food of love, play on!â€?
We are thrilled to be partnering with Chuckanut Brewery to host classical performances with small groups of WSO performers - The Brew Crew - in this wonderful local brewery. This is a family-friendly venue, so bring the whole gang for great food, beer & music!
Join us on the last Wednesday of each month at 7pm, year-round!
SCOTTISH SYMPHONY & SIBELIUS "Pure and valiant, his performance ... is ruthless and impassioned from beginning to end.” Marie-Aude Roux, Le Monde
OCT 8 SUNDAY, 3PM
Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten - Arvo Pärt Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 - Jean Sibelius Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56 (Scottish) - Felix Mendelssohn
BEETHOVEN’S HEROIC This year’s Harmony from Discord concert features a piece inspired by the heroic story of Curt Lowens. We close with one of Beethoven’s iconic works.
NOV 19 SUNDAY, 3PM
Bestemming: Concerto for Cello, Orchestra, and Narrator - Sharon Farber Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55 (Eroica) - Ludwig van Beethoven With special thanks to project sponsors Carol & David Robinson
Choral music returns to our annual holiday celebration! Featuring the vocals of the Whatcom Chorale singing accompaniment to "Home Alone," holiday favorites, and a special piece composed by Scott Henderson.
DEC 10 SUNDAY, 3PM
Holiday Magic Family friendly! Again this year: hot cocoa and marshmallows for the kids, with holiday carols played by student musicians at intermission!
Classical for All Ages! We want to celebrate classical music audiences of all ages, so we have three terrific programs for you!
Classical Kids Club Get the youngsters in your life more involved with classical and live music performance. We will have a variety of activities, and discounts at local stores with this club membership. For more information, join our mailing list at WhatcomSymphony.com.
Take-A-Teen Due to the wild success of this program, we are continuing Take-a-Teen for each concert. This is a terrific way to bring the students in your life to the joy of orchestral music! (B, C, & D sections only)
In the last hour before each concert, students with their student ID card can purchase any available seat for $15!
MBT ticketing fees will still apply. Questions? Call 360-734-6080 for more details.
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Sun., March 25 2018 Scheherazade...
Sun., May 20, 2018 Carmina Burana
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MOZART’S TURKISH CONCERTO “He displayed the confidence, the beauty of sound and elegance of the great violinists.” Nice-Matin
FEB 11 SUNDAY, 3PM
Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219 (Turkish) - W. A. Mozart Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber - Paul Hindemith
Overture to Oberon, J. 306 - Carl Maria von Weber
SCHEHERAZADE & SHOSTAKOVICH “Philip Fisher is a pianist with all of the qualities of technique and musicianship which others have, but with the addition of an indefinable ingredient which attracts and captivates the listener.” Stephen Hough, Pianist
MAR 25 SUNDAY, 3PM
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102 - Dmitri Shostakovich Scheherazade, Op. 35 - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Carmina Burana: need we say more? We will have a huge orchestra, two pianos and celeste, large percussion section, three outstanding soloists, and over 150 singers from Western Washington University. All these forces will come together to finish our 42nd season with a flourish!
MAY 20 SUNDAY, 3PM
Dawn Wolski, soprano • José Luis Muñoz, tenor Charles Robert Stephens, baritone • WWU Choirs Carmina Burana (Songs of Beuren) - Carl Orff
MUSIC THAT TRANSCENDS OPPRESSION In our third year, we are proud to present a modern work inspired by the journey of one Holocaust survivor, Curt Lowens, whose heroic story is an inspiration for all of us. We are also thrilled to be joined by the pieceâ€™s composer, Sharon Farber. This composition and presentation have been invited to present at the United Nations, and you can see it here in Bellingham, thanks to the generous support of our program sponsors, Carol & David Robinson.
LEGACY GIVING: ANOTHER WAY TO SUPPORT MUSIC Through our partnership with the Whatcom Community Foundation, you can support the Whatcom Symphony Endowment Fund with your will or living trust. Visit our website or call (360) 756-6752 for more information.
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Support the WSO The Whatcom Symphony is community—our music director and players are based in our community, our performances are celebrated by our community, and our success is ensured by gifts from our community. Half of all our expenses are covered by generous donors who recognize our value. With your tax deductable donation, you are investing in music performancees in Bellingham and throughout Whatcom County.
FRIEND ($50-$149) Name recognition in programs and online.
PATRON ($150-$249) Invitation for two to an open dress rehearsal.
SILVER CIRCLE ($250-$399) One invitation for two to a post-concert reception.
GOLD CIRCLE ($400-$749) Invitation for two to all post-concert receptions.
PLATINUM CIRCLE ($750-$1249) Invitation for two to all invited dress rehearsals, and the opportunity to sit onstage with the orchestra during one rehearsal.
CONDUCTOR’S CIRCLE ($1250+) Invitation to an exclusive event with the Music Director, as well as other special invitations as they become available. Donor levels include all benefits listed at the previous levels. The Whatcom Symphony Orchestra is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your contribution is fully tax deductible as provided by law. Our success is ensured by supporters like you. The WSO is registered with WA State’s Charities Program as required by law and additional information is available by calling 800-332-4483 or visiting www.sos.wa.gov/charities.