Northwest Symphony plays for 30th anniversary

By Winter Dorval- Staff Reporter

The Northwest Symphony Orchestra hopes to celebrate 30 years in the community with much fanfare.

One of the pieces that will be performed at their 30th anniversary concert is Fanfare for a Joyous Occasion. The composer is Samuel Jones, who wrote the composition for this concert. Mr. Jones worked with the Seattle Symphony for 14 years.

Dr. Anthony Spain is the music director and conductor of the Northwest Symphony.

"There is so much great music that was written in the past, and it is always wonderful to play, but there is so much classical music being written today, and it is inspiring to play music by composers living today," he said. 

"There is a lot of music being written in America, and now Europe, that is classically based," he said. "Classical music has reached out to the world, and the world has reached back."

Out of the more than 150 local composers Northwest  Symphony has featured in their concert's, almost 70 have been world premieres.

When choosing which pieces to include in this concert, Dr. Spain wanted the music to convey a feeling of "celebration, in some shape or form in that category."

Brahm's Violin Concerto will be performed by a local soloist, Eric Rynes, the concertmaster for the Northwest Symphony.

The closing piece will be the Pines of Rome, by Respighi. This work has "lots of extra brass, and for those that like good decibel readings, it'll take the roof off by the end," Dr. Spain said.

The selections for this concert are "engaging on so many different levels," and "great for people that know classical music, and for people that don't," Dr. Spain said.

Dr. Spain said that the mission of the orchestra is to "be the premier orchestra in performing and presenting music of Northwest composers," and they have stayed true to this over the last 30 years.

The concert will be held at Highline Performing Arts center in Burien, 401 S 152 in Burien, at 8 p.m.

Tickets for the April 29 concert are $15-$20. For tickets and more information, visit or call 206-242-6321.

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