Local symphonies recover from delays
By Faith Elder - Staff Reporter
After a turbulent month, local symphonies are getting back on track.
Due to several snow storms over the last two weeks, multiple symphonies were forced to reschedule performances. The Northwest Symphony Orchestra's Valentine's concert was postponed, while Seattle Symphony's "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in Concert" and Rainier Symphony's "Poems: Poetic and Pastoral" were both cancelled.
But as the snow melts, local symphonies are warming up again.
The Federal Way Symphony returns to the Federal Way Performing Arts and Events Center, performing their winter concert "Aspirations."
"Aspirations" is an evening of popular and recognizable symphonic pieces.
The program includes the Star Wars Suite by John Williams, George Gershwin's American in Paris, and the Richard Wagner's Overture to Lohengrin, Act three.
The concert also features Adrian King, who is 16-year- old pianist from Silverdale. King will perform Sergei Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3, which he recently per- formed with the Bremerton Symphony.
The Federal Way Symphony will perform "Aspirations" Feb. 23-24. Saturday's performance begins at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday's matinee begins at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $49 for regular admission, $44 for military and seniors, and $10 for youth. Tickets are available both on- line and at the box office.
The Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center is located at 31510 Pete von Reichbauer Way S, Federal Way.
For more information and for tickets, visit https://fwpaec. org/federal-way-symphony/.
After the cancellation of "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in Concert," Seattle Symphony returns with another adventure in film, presenting "Amadeus Live."
Amadeus is an Academy Award-winning film from 1984, following the life of
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart through the eyes of a fellow, competing musician.
The film's score, which features Mozart's most-celebrated works, will be performed by the Seattle Symphony and Seattle Symphony Chorale as the film is projected on a high definition screen.
The symphony will be con- ducted by Jeffrey Schindler.
The performance will also feature pianist Jessica Choe, performing on both the piano and the harpsichord.
While Mozart's music is listened to by all ages, Amadeus is rated R, so consider leaving the kids at home.
"Amadeus Live" will be performed by the Seattle Symphony on Feb. 22 and 23 at the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium in Benaroya Hall.
Available tickets start at $65.
Benaroya Hall is located at 200 University St, Seattle.
For more information and for tickets, visit https://www. seattlesymphony.org/.
Finally, principal oboist Michael Melnick will be per- forming Vaughan-Williams' Oboe Concerto in A minor at the Rainier Symphony's next concert, "Celestial Voices."
Melnick was originally set to perform the piece during Poems: Prophetic and Pastoral.
Celestial Voices will also feature Claude Debussy's Nocturnes and Gustav Holst's The Planets.
Rainier Symphony will perform "Celestial Voices" on April 6 and 7 at the Foster Per- forming Arts Center.
Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, and children12andunderarefree.
The address for the Foster Performing Arts Center is 4242 S 144th St, Tukwila.
Tickets are available at http:// www.rainiersymphony.org/.