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"Fearlessness and Directness": Schubert's "Unfinished"

Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Eastlake Performing Arts Center
Eastlake High School
400 228th AVE NE
Sammamish, WA 98075

Incomplete it may be, but Franz Schubert's eighth symphony is still a perfect masterpiece, a miraculous combination of passion, darkness and beauty. Jean Sibelius, Finland's leading composer, is represented by Finlandia, a fervent cry for his country's independence, as well as the folk-inspired Karelia Suite and the poignant symphonic poem Spring Song. Seattle-based actor Kurt Beattie, longtime artistic director of ACT Theatre, joins the Sammamish Symphony for a rare performance of Benjamin Lees' setting of The Trumpet of the Swan by beloved author E. B. White (Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little).

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On this day, October 27th


  • Dominick Argento, American composer, in 1927.
  • Johann Gottlieb Graun, German composer, in 1703.
  • Niccolò Paganini, Italian composer, in 1782.


  • Franco Alfano, Italian composer, in 1954.

    Alfano completed the opera, Turandot, after Puccini's death.

  • Julius Klengel, German composer, in 1933.
  • Andrzej Panufnik, Polish composer, in 1991.

Dame Nellie Melba, an Australian Opera singer, was the inspiration for four dishes created by the French chef, Auguste Escoffier. One of those dishes was Melba Toast.