Northwest Symphony Orchestra’s Season Final concert will be on Saturday, April 26 at the Highline Performing Arts Center in Burien. The concert will begin with Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, which was written over a 3-day period in 1954 in commemoration of the 37th anniversary of the October Revolution. The performance will also feature soprano Alexandra Picard, performing a selection of arias by Brahms, Mahler, Puccini, and Huntley Beyer, and the orchestra will cap off the 2013- 2014 season with Symphony No. 3 by Johannes Brahms.

”We conclude our season with Soprano soloist Alexandra Picard, an NWSO audience favorite, singing some famous arias. Some of these are on a CD that the NWSO recently recorded with Alexandra and this concert is a release party of that CD- Alexandra will sign copies at intermission and after the concert. We also open with Shostakovich’s exciting Festive Overture, and conclude the concert with the most romantic of Brahms Symphonies- his Symphony #3.”

– NWSO Conductor Anthony Spain

Alexandra Picard was born in New York City, earned a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University, and received her Masters in Music from the San Francisco Conservatory. She is a returning member of the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. Roles under preparation include Violetta in La Traviata; Manon in Manon; Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire, and Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor and Gerhilde in Die Walküre, both of which she will debut this season. She has sung Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflote for Rogue Opera in Oregon, for the New Opera Festival in Rome, Italy, for the Willamette Concert Opera in Oregon, and for Spokane Opera in Washington. She has performed Musetta in La Bohème for Skagit Opera in Washington, and for the Russian Opera Centre in San Francisco; Pamina in Die Zauberflote in Rome, Italy, and in Seattle, Washington; Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann for Bellevue Opera in Washington, and Arminda in La Finta Giardiniera in Oakland, California. WHAT : Northwest Symphony Orchestra Season April, 2014 Season Finale WHEN: Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at 8:00pm WHERE: Highline Performing Arts Center MUSIC:
  • Symphony #3, Johannes Brahms Alexandra Picard, soprano soloist
  • Wiegenlied (Lullaby), Johannes Brahms,
  • When My Love Becomes a Bride, from Songs of a Wayfarer- Gustav Mahler For My Daughter, Huntley Beyer
  • O Mio Babbino Caro, Puccini
  • Festive Overture, Dimitri Shostakovich
  • Adult – $15
  • Senior (Over 60) – $12
  • Student – $12
  • Group Rate – $10 per person when total ticket purchase is 10 tickets or more
ABOUT NORTHWEST SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 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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