Northwest Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Nordic Nights’ will be Saturday, April 27

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Burien’s Northwest Symphony Orchestra will be holding its fourth concert in its 2012 – 2013 season on Saturday, April 27 at the Highline Performing Arts Center.

The concert, “Nordic Nights,” will include the world premiere of Clement Reid’s Northern Lights. Also on the program is Edward Grieg’s Concerto for Piano, which will be performed by soloist Yuka Sasaki. The concert will conclude with Symphony #1 by Jean Sibelius.

“Nordic Nights celebrates some of the great music from the northern part of Europe including Grieg’s popular Piano Concerto.  True though to the mission of performing works by northwest composers, the Northwest Symphony Orchestra will also perform the world premiere of ‘Northern Lights’ by northwest composer Clement Reid.”

– NWSO Conductor Anthony Spain

Clement Reid was born in New York City (1955), beginning piano and composition studies with Allen Brings in Connecticut and graduating from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Southern California. He has written varied works including compositions for band, orchestra, chorus, piano solo, ensembles, song cycles, and educational books for piano, guitar, and composition. Mr. Reid has served as panelist for Artist Trust, and presented lectures in composition and taught for St. Martin’s College, Pacific Lutheran University, and Stephen F. Austin University. In 1999 he was chosen as Washington State Composer of the Year by the Music Teachers National Association.

Pianist Yuka Sasaki has garnered glowing concert reviews and top prizes at competitions from the U.S. and abroad.  She began playing piano at age 5 in Johannesburg, South Africa before moving back to her native Japan, where her teachers included the renowned Kazuko Yasukawa and Henriette Puig-Roget at the world famous Toho Gakuen School of Music (Tokyo), where she earned her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance. Currently on the faculty at the Music Department of Seattle Central Community College, she also maintains a private studio in Bellevue from which her students have won numerous awards, and been accepted to some of the world’s foremost music schools and conservatories.

Here are the details:

WHAT: Nordic Nights

WHEN: Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 8:00pm

WHERE: Highline Performing Arts Center

INFO: Music will include:

  • Northern Lights (world premiere), Clement Reid
  • Concerto for Piano, Edward Grieg
  • With piano soloist Yuka Sasaki
Symphony No. 1, Jean Sibelius

TICKETS: Adult – $15
Senior (Over 60) – $12 
Student – $12
Group Rate – $10 per person when total ticket purchase is 10 tickets or more

Now in its twenty-sixth season, Northwest Symphony Orchestra has performed to local, regional, and national acclaim. The orchestra has performed an unprecedented number of compositions by Northwest composers and has garnered eight national awards for Programming of Contemporary Music from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, including a first place national award in June 2012. The orchestra has been featured repeatedly on National Public Radio and has recorded four compact disks. Dr. Anthony Spain is Music Director.

The NWSO has performed with a variety and eclectic mix of internationally known artists including Alice In Chains, Anne and Nancy Wilson of Heart, Joshua Roman and Natalie Cole.

Northwest Symphony Orchestra makes complimentary tickets available to local school music programs. Teachers may call the orchestra office at (206) 242-6321.

More information about the entire Northwest Symphony Orchestra season, information is available on the Web at or by calling (206) 242-6321.

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