WHATCOM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Announcing the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra
2014-2015 Concert Season

Concerts on Sunday afternoons at the Mount Baker Theatre, Bellingham

Mozart Meets Mahler

Dawn Wolski, soprano
Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 3:00pm

Mount Baker Theatre

Gustav Mahler's pastoral Fourth Symphony is a stunning romantic work that harkens back to the simplicity and tuneful compositions of Mozart. In this program the orchestra explores the connections between these two famed composers with the help of soprano Dawn Marie Wolski. Her 'exquisite' and 'ravishing' soprano has mesmerized audiences nationally from New York to D.C., and internationally in famed halls around Russia and China.

Dr. Ed Rutschman presents a pre-concert lecture in the MBT Encore room, one hour prior to the concert. Admission to the lecture is free, but seating is limited.

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Wolski

 
Program includes:

  • Mozart: Overture to Don Giovanni
  • Mozart: Vorrei spiegarvi, oh Dio, K. 418
    Dawn Wolski, soprano
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G major
    Dawn Wolski, soprano

 
Dawn Marie Wolski Website

Holiday Extravaganza

Mount Baker Toppers
Bellingham Children's Choir
Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 3:00pm

Mount Baker Theatre

Warm up the season with a program of holiday favorites. One of Whatcom County's most cherished traditions, our annual Holiday Concert features the Mount Baker Toppers under the direction of Doug Broersma, and the Bellingham Children’s Choir, led by David Post.

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Toppers

 
Mount Baker Toppers Website

Season Sponsors:

Roger Jobs Porsche/Audi
Peoples Bank

Concert Sponsor:

Phillips 66 Refinery

Guest Artist Sponsors:

Barron Heating

Una Notte in Italia

Paul Erhard, double bass
Sunday, February 8, 2015 - 3:00pm

Mount Baker Theatre

The largest instrument in the orchestra, the string bass, takes center stage! Contrabassist Paul Erhard performs as a soloist and teaches internationally in Europe and Asia, as well as throughout the USA. His solo recitals and concert appearances promote the vocal beauty and richness of the double bass through a unique blend of traditional and contemporary double bass solo repertoire. Mr. Erhard joins the Whatcom Symphony for Divertimento Concertante by Italian composer Nino Rota.

Program includes:

  • Gabrieli: Canzon septimi toni a 8
  • Rossini: Overture to La Gazza Ladra
  • Rota: Divertimento Concertante for Contrabass & Orchestra
    Paul Erhard, contrabass
  • Puccini: Intermezzo from Manon Lescaut
  • Respighi: Pines of Rome

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Debut

 
Paul Erhard Webpage

Dr. Ed Rutschman presents a pre-concert lecture in the MBT Encore room, one hour prior to the concert. Admission to the lecture is free, but seating is limited.

Season Sponsors:

Roger Jobs Porsche/Audi
Peoples Bank

Guest Artist Sponsor:

Vinostrology

Beethoven's Triple

Efe Baltacigil, cello
Emma McGrath, violin
Jessica Choe, piano
Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 3:00pm

Mount Baker Theatre

For the first time, soloists from Seattle Symphony join the WSO! Join us as Principal Cellist Efe Baltacigil, Associate Concertmaster Emma McGrath, and pianist Jessica Choe blend their sounds for this lyrical, conversational trio concerto. The program closes with Sibelius' riveting Second Symphony, celebrating the composer's 150th anniversary.

Program includes:

  • Beethoven: Triple Concerto in C major, op. 56
    Emma McGrath, violin
    Efe Baltacigil, cello
    Jessica Choe, piano
  • Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D major, op. 43

Dr. Ed Rutschman presents a pre-concert lecture in the MBT Encore room, one hour prior to the concert. Admission to the lecture is free, but seating is limited.

TAKE-A-TEEN for Free to this concert!
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Triple

 
Efe Baltacigil Website
Emma McGrath Webpage
Jessica Choe Webpage

Season Sponsors:

Roger Jobs Porsche/Audi
Peoples Bank

Concert Sponsor:

The Willows

Rising Star Johannes Moser

Johannes Moser, cello
Sunday, May 3, 2015 - 3:00pm

Mount Baker Theatre

Praised for his rich, gorgeous tone and playing that can range from lovely and elegant, to vigorous rock star energy, German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser has been hailed by Gramophone Magazine as “one of the finest among the astonishing gallery of young virtuoso cellists.” The Whatcom Symphony is thrilled and privileged to welcome Mr. Moser for a performance of Antonin Dvořák's Cello Concerto in B minor.

Dr. Ed Rutschman presents a pre-concert lecture in the MBT Encore room, one hour prior to the concert. Admission to the lecture is free, but seating is limited.

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moser

 
Program includes:

  • Dvořák: Cello Concerto in B minor, op. 104
    Johannes, Moser, cello
  • Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (arr. Ravel)

 
Johannes Moser Website

Performed Previously This Season:

Romance at the Piano

Spencer Myer, piano
Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 3:00pm

Mount Baker Theatre

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Gold Medalist of the 2008 New Orleans International Piano Competition, Spencer Myer is garnering stellar audience and critical acclaim from around the globe, rapidly establishing himself as one of the most outstanding pianists of his generation. Mr. Myer joins the WSO for Chopin's lush Second Piano Concerto, in a program that finishes with Brahms' powerful Second Symphony.

Our Program includes:

  • Leshnoff: Starburst
  • Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, op. 21
    Spencer Myer, piano
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D major, op. 73

Dr. Ed Rutschman presents a pre-concert lecture in the MBT Encore room, one hour prior to the concert. Admission to the lecture is free, but seating is limited.

 
Spencer Myer Website

Myer

Season Sponsors:

Roger Jobs Porsche/Audi
Peoples Bank

Concert Sponsor:

Schlichting Wixson CPAs

Guest Artist Sponsor:

Taylor Shellfish Farms

Friday evening season opening!

The Brothers Play Bach

Glenn and Grant Donnellan, violins
Friday, September 5, 2014 - 7:00 pm

Mount Baker Theatre

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The Whatcom Symphony Chamber Orchestra returns for an exquisite evening of music by Bach, Mozart, and by the influential Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber. WSO concertmaster Grant Donnellan will be joined by his brother Glenn, of the National Symphony Orchestra, to perform the Bach Double Violin Concerto.

Glenn Donnellan Webpage
Grant Donnellan Webpage

Brothers

Program includes:

  • Biber: Battalia
  • Bach: Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV 1043
    Grant and Glenn Donnellan, violins
  • Mozart: Divertimento, K. 136

Season Sponsor:

Roger Jobs Porsche/Audi

Concert Sponsor:

Caitac USA

Guest Artist Sponsor:

Strider Industrial Park

For more information about concert sponsors, including links to their web sites, see our Sponsors Page.

Tickets for the 2014-2015 Season - available now!

Tickets for the Whatcom Symphony's 2014-2015 season are now available from the Mount Baker Theatre.
Please call 360-734-6080 to order your tickets for the upcoming season.
Season tickets, multiple-ticket packages, and single seats may be purchased.

Our Season Brochure contains detailed ticketing information. To receive a copy of the 2014/2015 brochure, call the Whatcom Symphony office at 360-756-6752 or Click Here and enter your mailing address.

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