WHATCOM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Upcoming Concerts with the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra

Our Next Concert

Beethoven's Ninth Symphony

"A celebration of the brotherhood and unity of all mankind."

Open Dress Rehearsal: Friday, May 2, 2014 - 6:00 pm,  Mount Baker Theatre
Performance: Sunday, May 4, 2014 - 3:00pm, sold out

Kimberly Giordano, soprano
Kathryn Weld, mezzo-soprano
Ross Hauck, tenor
Charles Robert Stephens, baritone
 
Whatcom Chorale, Deborah Brown, director

From its tremulous opening to its triumphant "Ode to Joy" finale, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 is one of the greatest masterpieces of all time, and an expression of Beethoven's faith in mankind. With four outstanding soloists and the Whatcom Chorale, the Whatcom Symphony's season comes to a resounding close.

Special Announcement: May 2 Dress Rehearsal will be open to the public.

After a season of sell-out performances for the Whatcom Symphony, the demand to experience the grand finale, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, has been overwhelming. Given this level of interest, the Symphony is happy to offer a special $10 ticket to the Friday dress rehearsal for this concert. This event will be held in the Mount Baker Theatre, Friday May 2, at 6:00 pm.

This relaxed, informal evening event is a great opportunity for those who cannot attend the Sunday performance, or for newer symphony audiences looking to explore one of the best-known works in classical music. Tickets will be for general seating on the main floor only. Audience members are reminded that because this is a final dress rehearsal, the performers may stop and start throughout the evening, and rehearse key sections before playing each movement of the symphony.

Dress Rehearsal Tickets

Questions about this dress rehearsal event may be directed to the Mount Baker Theatre ticket office: 360-734-6080

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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.

There has been high demand for tickets to the May 4th performance, and the performance was sold out as of March 31.
 

WSO Family Concert

Dan and Victoria Sabo, Duo Pianists Extraordinaire
and Billy Tierney, from the Upfront Theatre

Sunday, May 18, 2014 - 3:00pm; pre-concert activities begin at 2:00 pm
Bellingham High School Auditorium

The annual WSO Family Concert features Carnival of the Animals by Saint Saëns, performed by Duo Pianists Dan and Victoria Sabo, and narrated by Billy Tierney from the Upfront Theatre. The extra (not part of the season subscription) concert is free for 18-year-olds and under. Suggested donation $10 for adults. Tickets available at the door.

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The performance begins at 3:00 pm in the Bellingham High School Auditorium. Pre-concert activities begin at 2:00 pm and include fun activities such as an instrument petting zoo, and Maestro Yaniv Attar teaching how to conduct!

Program includes:

  • Saint Saëns: Carnival of the Animals
  • Brahms: Hungarian Dances 5 & 6

See more on our Events page.

Performed Previously This Season:

International Superstar

Gil Shaham, violin
Sunday, November 3, 2013 - 3:00pm

Mount Baker Theatre

Click here to read the Entertainment News Northwest review of this concert.

Click here to watch the video of Maestro Attar's introduction to the concert.

Winner of the Avery Fisher prize as well as a Grammy award, Gil Shaham is one of the foremost violinists of our time. His flawless technique and generosity of spirit has solidified his legacy as an American master. A sought-after soloist, Gil will perform concertos this season with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Orchestre de Paris, the Bavarian Radio Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and many more of the world’s leading orchestras.

Our Program includes:

  • Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture (Fingal's Cave)
  • Brahms: Violin Concerto in D
  • Schumann: Symphony No. 4

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.

Artist Website

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Catch A Rising Star

Norwegian Trumpet Sensation, Tine Thing Helseth
Sunday, February 9, 2014 - 3:00pm

Mount Baker Theatre

Norwegian trumpet sensation Tine Thing Helseth is quickly building an International reputation. Called a "superstar of tomorrow" by the BBC, Tine has captivated audiences around the world. Hailing from Oslo, Tine has garnered awards including the first classical artist to ever be nominated for a Norwegian Grammy.

Click here to read the Entertainment News Northwest review of this concert.

Click here to watch the video of Maestro Attar's introduction to the concert.

Program includes:

  • Arutiunian: Trumpet Concerto in A-flat major
  • Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird (1919)
  • Sibelius: Valse Triste, Op. 44, No. 1
  • Verdi: Overture to Nabucco
  • Shostakovich: Festive Overture, Op. 96

Another sell-out! This concert has sold out, a week before the performance date: the fourth of our four concerts to sell out this season! There may be extra tickets returned the day of the concert - call the Mount Baker Theatre's Box Office to be put on a waiting list for late-available tickets: 360-734-6080.

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Artist website
Event Page on MBT website

Duo Piano Extravaganza

Dan and Victoria Sabo, pianos
Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 3:00pm

Mount Baker Theatre

For the first time ever, we bring not one but two grand pianos plus orchestra to the stage of the Mount Baker Theatre. Local legends Dan and Victoria Sabo join us for an all French program.
Click here to watch the video of Maestro Attar's introduction to the concert.

Click here to read the IMHO Blog review of this concert.

TAKE-A-TEEN for Free to this concert!
Purchase any Adult Ticket and receive a free Teen Ticket for students age 12 to 17.

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Program includes:

  • Saint Saëns: Carnival of the Animals
  • Poulenc: Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra in D minor
  • Debussy: La Mer

Event Page on MBT website

Celebrate! Debut

Introducing Maestro Yaniv Attar
Sunday, October 6, 2013 - 3:00pm

Mount Baker Theatre

See video: Maestro Attar introduces this concert.

This is the celebration debut concert of the WSO’s new Music Director, Yaniv Attar! The musicians of the orchestra take center stage with a dazzling program of showpieces and show-stoppers!

Program includes:

  • Strauss II: Overture to Die Fledermaus
  • Tchaikovsky: Romeo & Juliet, Fantasy Overture
  • Brahms: Hungarian Dances, No. 5 & 6
  • Dvořák: Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88

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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Celebrate The Season

Holiday Concert
Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 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 Bellingham Chamber Chorale under the direction of Ryan Smit, and the Bellingham Children’s Choir, led by David Post. The concert also includes an introduction to our new Assistant Conductor, Maestro Tigran Arakelyan.

This year's concert features a selection of classical favorites sure to get your season off to a cozy start. We also have traditional carols and other beloved holiday melodies. So on December 8th, bring the whole family to celebrate the season with the Whatcom Symphony!

Program includes:

  • Rimsky-Korsakov: Polonaise from Christmas Eve
  • Handel: Water Music
  • Bach: Bach: Air on the G String from Orchestral Suite No. 3
  • Holst: Christmas Day
  • Bizet: Farandole from L'Arlésienne
  • Traditional: Here We Come a'Wassailling
  • Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Greensleeves
  • Holcombe: Festive Sounds of Hanukkah
  • Hogan: Glory, Glory, Glory to the Newborn King
  • Beethoven: Hallelujah from Christ on the Mount of Olives
  • and more!
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Bellingham Chamber Chorale website
Event Page on MBT website

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