Rainier Symphony ends season with a 'Journey'

By Winter Dorval - Staff Reporter

Explore the world of music with Symphonic Journeys this weekend on June 2 and 3.

Rainier Symphony will play this concert at the Foster Performing Arts Center.

"We end each concert season with a pops concert in recent years. This music is more familiar and popular to most people, and each pops concert includes music used in movies, television, radio, musicals, or operas," said Jeffery Lund, Rainier Symphony's music director.

"I feel that audiences really enjoy these concerts, and it's a nice opportunity to extend our reach to community members who are unfamiliar with classical music, or are interested in changing up their normal weekend plans and attend an art-music concert," Lund said.

"For this concert, we're playing music from all over Europe and the US. It's called Symphonic Journeys because these pieces take us to a variety of locations that are represented by pieces that really capture the nationalist ideas in music of those specific regions," Lund said.

 Songs will include Academic Festival Overture by Johannes Brahms, Ballet from Petit Suite by Claude Debussy, Slavonic Dance No.1 and 8 by Antonín Dvorak, and Crisantemi by Giacomo Puccini. Also performed will be Imperial March by Edward Elgar, South Pacific by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin, and Fiddler on the Roof by Jerry Bock.

"I look for pieces that will tie together well, and lead from one piece to the next with a sense of cohesion and arc. My generation was the last really mix-tape generation," said Lund.

Pops concerts generally feature 10 shorter songs, he said.

"That creates a lot of opportunity to construct a program that grabs the audience and keeps them engaged through the whole performance," said Lund.

The last half of the pops concert will feature music written by Americans, he said.

"That music is inspired by the deep south, the Pacific Islands, and Russia. Regardless of our origin, we can all find music we related to and music that speaks to us. Part of our inter-connectivity as a society is finding ways we relate and connect."

The symphony has 75 musicians who volunteer and audition to be a part of this group.

"Each Rainier Symphony concert offers listeners a very high-level community orchestra that performs with great artistry and musical excellence. This concert is sometimes considered more relatable to patrons who aren't avid classical music fans, but the beauty of the music we perform, and the level the musicians perform at, is constant," Lund said.

This will be the last performance of their 2017-2018 season.

"The atmosphere takes on an exciting edge and the large collective response within the audience members is a big part of why we choose to perform music altogether. This music is meant to be shared, and shared as widely as possible," Lund said.

The concert on June 2 will be at 7:30 p.m., and the concert on June 3 will be at 3 p.m.

The Foster Performing Arts Center address is 242 S. 144th St., Tukwila. Tickets are free to children (12 and younger), and $12 for students (13 and older) and seniors (62 and older). General admission is $17.

For tickets and more information visit www.rainiersymphony.org/index.shtml.

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