Northwest Symphony Orchestra’s opening concert will be this Friday, Oct. 25

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Northwest Symphony Orchestra will be performing its the first concert of the 2013-2014 season this Friday, Oct. 25 at 7:30pm at the Highline Performing Arts Center.

In honor of the centennial of Benjamin Britten, one of the finest British composers of the last century, the orchestra will perform his popular The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, with narration by Classical KING FM’s award winning radio host Dave Beck. The concert will also include Beethoven’s well known 5th Symphony, and the Finale from Suite for String Orchestra by Northwest composer Peter Seibert.

“The Northwest Symphony Orchestra’s family concert has something for everyone,” said Conductor Anthony Spain. “We celebrate Benjamin Britten’s 100th anniversary with The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra- a thrilling piece always enjoyed equally by young and adults alike. Beethoven’s Symphony #5 needs no introduction- with its famous Da-da-da-Dah, it is known the world over. In all- a great way to open our 2013-2014 season.”

Benjamin Britten, born in 1913 on the 22nd of November, was one of the most well- known and respected British composers of the 20th century. His musical career began with studies at the Royal College of Music in London and ended with his death in 1976. His work spans a wide range of idioms, from intimate chamber works and solo vocal pieces to light orchestral works like the Simple Symphony to full dramatic operas such as Peter Grimes and Death in Venice. Influenced more by Henry Purcell and Gustav Mahler than by his British contemporaries, Britten composed a luminous body of music that is not easily categorized. Britten was also a skilled pianist and conductor, and in partnership with Peter Pears, he started Aldeburgh Festival, initiated the construction of Snape Maltings Concert Hall and formed the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies.

Peter Seibert has composed works for professional and amateur musicians for more than 40 years, and his music has been performed on four continents. He has written in a variety of musical genres including chamber music, orchestral music, choral music, music for Off-Broadway theatre, and works for historical instruments. His output extends from unaccompanied pieces for cello and viola da gamba to works for orchestra and for chorus including two masses and his Requiem (2007).

Mr. Seibert majored in music at Amherst College and holds graduate degrees from Harvard and Rutgers. He taught at The Lakeside School in Seattle for 28 years, during which time he held a simultaneous appointment at the University of Washington School of Music. As a conductor he has led orchestras, choruses, and jazz ensembles. He has worked extensively with early music organizations and has been music director of the Seattle Recorder Society since 1970. He founded and is former director of both the Port Townsend Early Music Workshop and the Northwest Chamber Chorus.

WHAT: The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra Benjamin Britten Symphony #5, Ludwig van Beethoven; Finale from Suite for String Orchestra, Peter Seibert

WHEN: Friday, October 25th, 2013 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Highline Performing Arts Center


  • 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-seventh 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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