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Friday, January 5, 2018

Sammamish Symphony Orchestra Presents Delicacy and Mastery: Mendelssohn's "Scottish" Symphony

The Sammamish Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor and music director Adam Stern, resumes their 2017-2018 concert season in February with Delicacy and Mastery: Mendelssohn’s “Scottish” Symphony, featuring works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Otto Nicolai, Maurice Ravel, and of course, Felix Mendelssohn.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Sammamish Symphony Presents Christmas in Sammamish and Bellevue

Put yourself in the mood for all things merry and bright by joining the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor and music director Adam Stern, for their traditional holiday "pops" program, Christmas in Sammamish and Bellevue.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Sammamish Symphony Orchestra Presents Requiem Æternam

The Sammamish Symphony Orchestra teams up with Cantaré Vocal Ensemble and The Liberty Singers from Issaquah School District’s Liberty High School for a special performance on Saturday, October 14 at 2:00 p.m. at Benaroya Hall in Seattle.

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Sammamish Symphony Announces Its 2017-2018 Concert Season

The Sammamish Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor and music director Adam Stern, is pleased to announce its 2017-2018 concert season. Performing in Sammamish and Bellevue, the season – with five concerts and eight performances – also takes the orchestra across the lake in October with a special performance at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. Season and single tickets will be on sale starting September 6, 2017.

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Monday, May 8, 2017

"A Joyful Fanfare": Beethoven's Second Featuring the 2017 YCC Winner!

Written at the time when his deafness was first becoming apparent, Beethoven's Symphony No. 2 is nonetheless a joyous and festive work that bespeaks its composer's indomitable spirit. The concert concludes with three of America's most treasured musical voices: Leroy Anderson, the master of light symphonic music, Aaron Copland, "the dean of American composers", and John Philip Sousa, the justly-crowned and never-deposed "March King." Also on the program winner of the Sammamish Symphony’s 2017 Youth Concerto Competition, Kristy Park, joins the Symphony for a performance of Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Romantic Exotica

Four composers evoke lands and eras other than their own in this colorful and alluring program. Johann Strauss, Jr. demonstrates his flair for writing music in something other than 3/4 time in his Egyptian March. Camille Saint-Saëns' gifts for beguiling melodies and rich orchestration are amply displayed in the Bacchanale from his opera Samson and Delilah. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's most popular work, the grand symphonic poem Scheherazade, caps this musical voyage to distant realms and times. Flutist Sandra Saathoff is the stylish soloist in Franz Doppler's Fantaisie Pastorale Hongroise.

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Glowing and Radiant: Dvořák's Sixth Symphony

A fanfare for brass in Dukas' La Péri: Fanfare, a symphony for winds in Gounod's Petite Symphonie, and a suite for strings in Holst's Brook Green Suite all lead up to the festive and enchanting Symphony No. 6 by Dvořák for the entire orchestra. Special guest Matthew Kocmieroski, marimba virtuoso, also takes the stage with the orchestra for a performance of Hovhaness' Fantasy on Japanese Woodprints.

Featuring Matthew Kocmieroski, Marimba

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

"Fearlessness and Directness" Schubert's "Unfinished"

The Sammamish Symphony Orchestra Presents - Fearlessness and Directness: Schubert's "Unfinished" Oct 21 - 7:30pm - Meydenbauer Theatre & Oct 30 - 2:00pm - Eastlake Performing Arts Center
The Sammamish Symphony Orchestra opens their 2016-17 concert season with two performances in October featuring Schubert's Symphony No. 8 - often referred to as his unfinished symphony - and works by Sibelius and Elgar. Also joining the orchestra is Seattle-based actor Kurt Beattie for a rare performance of Benjamin Lees’ setting of E.B. White's The Trumpet of the Swan


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Sunday, May 8, 2016

The Spring Blossoms of the Earth

Spring and nature are the inspirations for the bookends of the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra’s final concert of the season. Conducted by Adam Stern, the program opens with Aaron Copland's The Tender Land, taken from Copland's only full-length opera. The action centers on a Midwestern family of farmers and the traditions they uphold. Brahms Symphony No. 2, Op. 73, occasionally referred to as its composer's "Pastoral" symphony, closes the season with one of the glories of the Romantic period.

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Energy, Life, Affirmation

Maestro Adam Stern conducts the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra presenting Energy, Life, Affirmation, a concert displaying the virtuosity of the Sammamish Symphony in compositions from three different centuries. Featuring Nielsen’s Symphony No. 3: exhilarating and irresistibly sunny in character, it is the perfect antidote for the gray of winter.

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Christmas in Sammamish

This year The Sammamish Symphony's annual celebration of the holidays will offer a blend of light classics, seasonal favorites, audience participation and a surprise or two. Don't miss the Eastside's most joyous and festive musical event! Featuring the Liberty Singers from Liberty High School, Directed by Conductor Robin Wood. This perennial favorite is always sold out so tickets should be purchased early!

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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Expanded Horizons

In the first concert of the Sammamish Symphony’s 24th season, five different composers celebrate countries other than their homelands. Franz Joseph Haydn's "Oxford" Symphony is one of music's greatest thank-you gifts, written to acknowledge Haydn's Honorary Doctorate from that august institution. George Gershwin's An American in Paris and Malcolm Arnold's Four Scottish Dances are musical picture-postcards of their composers' travels. Bizet's great opera "Carmen" is the basis for Pablo de Sarasate's fiendishly virtuosic "Carmen" Fantasy for violin and orchestra. The concert opens with Nicolas Slonimsky's My Toy Balloon, a set of variations on a charming Brazilian folksong.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Sammamish Symphony Unveils the 2015/2016 Concert Season

In its 24th concert season, the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra, the premier symphony orchestra on the Eastside, is presenting five exciting programs for the 2015-2016 Season. Performances this year will be at Meydenbauer Theatre in Bellevue and Eastlake Performing Arts Center in Sammamish. Season highlights include guest performances by Violinist Jae-In Shin during the October 23rd and 25th, 2015 concert Expanded Horizons. And Brent Hages as soloist on Oboe performing on April 29th and May 1st, 2016, as part of The Driving Force of All Nature concert.

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Sounds of Cinema

The Sounds of Cinema - Thursday, August 20, 2015 at Pine Lake Park-The Sammamish Symphony presents a program of great music used in, and written for, hit films spanning eight decades. The concert will represent the cinematic worlds of comedy, drama, musical comedy, romance, horror, science fiction and fantasy. 

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F Minor Featuring: Youth Concerto Competition winner Mira Yamamoto

For the final concert of the regular season the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, conducted by Adam Stern, considered to be “one of the most towering symphonic structures in our whole literature”.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Sammamish Symphony Orchestra Presents Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana

On Sunday, April 19, 2015 the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra will be collaborating with Everett Chorale, Rainier Chorale, and Choir of the Sound on the wonderful S. Mark Taper Auditorium stage in the magnificent acoustics of Benaroya Hall, for one performance only.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The Sammamish Symphony Presents España Featuring Guest Classical Guitarist Michael Partington

Travel to Spain through the music of Ravel and Rodrigo at the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra España concert!

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