The Cascade Symphony Orchestra (CSO) will open its 60th season, while hosting its first in-person concert in 20 months, when it performs some of the musical works of composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Haydn and Antonin DvoÅÃ¡k on Monday, October 25. , at the Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA), 410 4th Ave. N., in Edmonds.
The 7:30 pm concert, âEternal Beautyâ, will present âWaltz n Â° 2, op. 54 â, and two compositions by Haydn -â Symphony No. 104 in D major – âLondonâ âandâ The Seven Last Words of Christ â.
Mozart’s âViolin Concerto No. 5 in A Majorâ will feature the soloist of the evening, popular Seattle-area violinist Elisa Barston. Barston is the second principal violinist of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and has previously performed with the Cascade Symphony and in venues in the United States and Europe. She was Associate Principal Violin of the St. Louis Symphony and a member of the Principal Violin Section of the Cleveland Orchestra.
Other concerts offered by the CSO include âEnglish Folk Song Suiteâ by composer Ralph Vaughan Williams and âCanzon in Echoâ for brass ensemble by Giovanni Gabrieli.
âAfter more than a year of not being able to play live music, we are very happy to return to our beautiful Edmonds Center for the Arts and fill it with the exciting sounds of classical music,â said Michael Miropolsky, Music Director of the CSO.
The Cascade Symphony, founded in 1962 by members of the Edmonds community, has been preparing to resume live concerts for many months, having canceled all concerts after February 2020 due to the pandemic. Instead of live musical events, the orchestra offered six virtual concerts last season.
In-person concerts weren’t the only losses to the orchestra, its musicians, and the community during the 2020-21 season.
COVID-19 also killed Alan Lund, 81, a longtime Seattle-area music leader and educator, in March 2020. In addition to his many years of CSO support, the Edmonds resident has taught music in the Bellevue and Highline school districts and has conducted the Seattle Gilbert and Sullivan Society and the Seattle Opera Chorus. He was also the husband of graphic designer Cascade Symphony and former CSO charter musician Ellen Lund.
In honor of Alan Lund, the Cascade Symphony will perform the world premiere of âTribute for String Orchestraâ by local composer Steven Richards, specially written in memory of Mr. Lund.
Miropolsky noted that the season’s opening concert was scheduled to comply with existing health guidelines. âWe are going to stage a smaller orchestra than usual, but hopefully we can go back to a full orchestra for later concerts,â he said.
Due to the current uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus, tickets are only sold on an individual concert basis. Ticket prices per person are: $ 27 for adults; $ 22 for seniors (60 and over); $ 15 for students with an ID; and $ 10 for young people (12 and under). Tickets for the children’s concert will be $ 10 for adults and seniors; $ 5 for students with ID; and $ 3 for young people (12 and under).
Tickets can be purchased online at the ECA website (www.edmondscenterforthearts.org/events/category/13/cascade-symphony-orchestra) and by phone (425-275-9595). The ECA ticket office can be contacted by email at [email protected] The ECA ticket office is currently open from noon to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and extended hours during performances.
âWe plan to present a full season of concerts in person, while complying with all federal, state and ECA regulations in effect at the time of each of our musical events,â said Rose Gear, executive director of CSO. âDue to the uncertainty surrounding future public health and safety conditions, we are unable to offer season tickets for the 2021-22 season. Tickets will be made available on a per concert basis to allow for the possibility of physical distancing of patrons in the auditorium.
Joining other performance venues in the region, the ACE requires proof of vaccination – or a negative COVID-19 test – for entry to all shows and events in the theater. Face masks are mandatory inside the ACE. The complete and up-to-date regulations for the place are available on ec4arts.org.
Additional information on the Cascade Symphony Orchestra, its upcoming season and all updates are available online at www.cascadesymphony.org.