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Benjamin Beilman, violin
We open our 42nd season with rising star Benjamin Beilman, known for his intense and simmering perfect sound - he is the ideal soloist for Sibelius’s romantic and lush Violin Concerto. The repertoire also features Mendelssohn’s lively & spirited Scottish Symphony.
Amit Peled, cello
This year’s Harmony from Discord concert features a moving piece inspired by the courageous and inspirational life of Holocaust survivor Curt Lowens, who helped save ~150 Jewish children as part of the Dutch Resistance. Joining us is soloist Amit Peled, who often surprises audiences with the ways he breaks down barriers between performers and the public, making classical music more accessible to wider audiences. We close with one of Beethoven’s most iconic works, Eroica or Heroic.
Choral music returns to our annual holiday celebration!
Featuring local children's choirs singing accompaniment to Home Alone and holiday favorites, as well as the vocals of the Whatcom Chorale on a special piece composed by Scott Henderson. Hot cocoa & marshmallows for the kids at intermission, as well as holiday carols performed by student musicians!
Arnaud Sussmann, violin
With a beautiful sound and elegance reminiscent of great violinists of the past, Arnaud Sussmann solos on Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 (Turkish), one of Mozart’s most popular works. We finish the afternoon with Hindemith's Metamorphosis and Overture to Oberon by Carl Maria von Weber.
Philip Fisher, piano
Philip Fisher hails originally from Britain and studied at both the Royal Conservatory of Music and Juilliard in NYC. As a youth, he performed this Shostakovich piano concerto for Maxim Shostakovich, himself. Scheherazade is considered Rimsky-Korsakov's most popular work, and is based on "One Thousand and One Nights," sometimes known as "The Arabian Nights."
Joining us for Carmina Burana are Dawn Wolski, soprano, José Luis Muñoz, tenor, and Charles Robert Stephens, baritone; and multiple WWU Choirs. We will have a huge orchestra, two pianos and celeste, large percussion section, three outstanding soloists, and over 150 singers from Western Washington University, for the largest number of musicians we have ever had on stage. What a finish to our 42nd season!Find out more »