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Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra presents Gershwin’s Piano Concerto May 30 & 31

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra (BSO) presents
Gershwin’s Piano Concerto
Saturday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m. & Sunday, May 31 @ 3:00 p.m.
with a pre-concert chat Sunday @ 2:15 p.m.
At Bainbridge Performing Arts

The Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra season finale marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Richard Strauss with performances of two of his works, the Concerto for Horn No. 1 and Feierlicher Einzug. The first work is likely the result of growing up with a famous horn player at home, his father, and the latter work was composed in 1909 for ceremonial events held by the Knights of St. John. Debussy’s beautiful masterpiece L’aprés-midi d’un faune and Wagner’s extract from Tristan und Isolde will hold you spellbound with their innovative harmonies and rich orchestral tapestry. Bringing the season to a rousing conclusion is Gershwin’s jazzy Piano Concerto in F major. The program features Anne Marie Cherry (horn) and Johan Botes (piano).

An active free-lance horn player and music educator, Anne-Marie Cherry has held the title of principal horn with the Round Rock Symphony from 2008-2012, and she has performed with the San Antonio, Downey, and Austin Symphonies in addition to the Dallas Wind Symphony, Victoria Bach Festival and the Austin City Brass Ensemble. She can be heard on several recordings with the University of Texas Wind Ensemble, including the ground-breaking recording of John Corigliano’s Circus Maximus, and a soon-to-be released recording on the Klavier label.

Dr. Johan Botes is Assistant Professor of Piano at Marshall University. First-Prize winner of the National Piano Competition in South Africa, he has performed as a soloist with orchestras in South Africa, Europe and America. In 2010, he won the Sidney M. Wright Presidential Scholarship Competition in Piano Accompaniment and in the same year began collaborative Piano Trio work with cellist Francesco Mastromatteo. Their first performance in October 2010 resulted in critical acclaim, winning them Prize for the best Chamber Music Recital at The University of Texas at Austin in 2011.

Maestro Wesley Schulz is garnering attention for his fresh programming and imaginative performances as well as building orchestras and growing audiences. In constant demand, Schulz is the Music Director of the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Festival Orchestra and the Bainbridge Island Youth Orchestra. He has been lauded by musicians for his “intensity and emotion” in performances and for his “approachable and inspiring” leadership. In the fall of 2014 Schulz assumed the post of Conducting Fellow at the Seattle Symphony with Music Director Ludovic Morlot.

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra performs at Bainbridge Performing Arts on Saturday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 31 at 3:00 p.m. A special pre-concert chat will be held on Sunday at 2:15 p.m. Tickets, $19 for adults, and $16 for seniors, students, military, and teachers may be purchased online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206.842.8569 or in person at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA), 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. BPA Box Office hours are 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance.

Under BPA’s Youth in Music Initiative generously sponsored by Wicklund Dental, each youth receives free admission when accompanied by a paying adult. Bainbridge Performing Arts extends additional thanks to Fletcher Bay Foundation, who also funded music acquisition for the season. BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All.

Check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline), join the conversation at Bainbridge Performing Arts on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostRecent=&gid=6515176&trk=my_groups-tile-flipgrp) and Twitter (@BPAPresents), or find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org. Check online for the latest on theatre and symphony auditions, complete theatre school and adult class offerings, performance listings, tickets, promos, and more. Go to “About BPA” and click on “Get Our Newsletter” to receive electronic performance announcements and behind-the-scenes news.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

The Drowsy Chaperone brings pure energy and fun to BPA stage May 8 - 24

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) presents
THE DROWSY CHAPERONE
May 8 - 24: Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30 p.m. + Sundays @ 3:00 p.m. +
Industry Night: Monday, May 18 @ 7:30 p.m. +
Pay-What-You-Can Preview: Thursday, May 7 @ 7:30 p.m. +
Opening Night Reception: Friday, May 8 @ 6:30 p.m.

Winner of five Tony Awards (including Best Book and Best Original Score), THE DROWSY CHAPERONE is a loving send-up of the Jazz-age musical featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another.

With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and the show begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan, and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight.

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE is a masterful meta-musical with a show-within-a-show plot that pokes fun at all the tropes that characterize the musical theatre genre. BPA Executive Director Dominique Cantwell says, “the show is pure energy and fun – those who haven’t heard of it yet will leave never wanting to forget it!”

Director Joanna Hardie, Musical Director Josh Anderson, and Choreographer Debbie Pierce lead a bewitching cast of BPA veterans and newcomers, including Nelsen Spickard, Marybeth Redmond, Gary Fetterplace, Ryan Bohannon, Ryan O’Donnell, Jalyn Green, Zandi Carlson, Ben Cournoyer, Joey Chapman, Luke Walker, Colleen Gillon, Ellen Dessler, Michelle Abad, Heather Dawson, Emily Kight, Whitney Mayer, James Sgambati, and Cailin Mackenzie.

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE appears at BPA May 8 - 24, with shows Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. plus Sundays at 3:00 p.m. and an Industry performance Monday, May 18. A special Pay-What-You-Can Preview will be held Thursday, May 7 at7:30 p.m., and the Opening Night Reception is Friday, May 8 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets, $27 for adults, $22 for seniors, and $19 for students, youth, military, and teachers, may be purchased online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206.842.8569 or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. BPA Box Office hours are 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance. THE DROWSY CHAPERONE is produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All.

Check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline), join the conversation at Bainbridge Performing Arts on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostRecent=&gid=6515176&trk=my_groups-tile-flipgrp) and Twitter (@BPAPresents), or find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org. Check online for the latest on theatre and symphony auditions, complete theatre school and adult class offerings, performance listings, tickets, promos, and more. Go to “About BPA” and click on “Get Our Newsletter” to receive electronic performance announcements and behind-the-scenes news.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

Enjoy a lively, laugh-filled evening with The EDGE Improv May 2

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) present
The EDGE Improv
Saturday, May 2 @ 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy a lively, laugh-filled evening with The EDGE Improv and their anything-but-routine first-Saturday performance at Bainbridge Performing Arts. Their May 2nd performance is just right for an early Mother’s Day, offering merriment for moms of all ages. The EDGE presents an ingeniously improvised evening of on-the-spot comedy, all from audience suggestions. The troupe’s riotous antics have earned a devoted community of followers, and have inspired rave reviews and commentary from audience and troupe members alike.

Celebrating their 20th Anniversary Season, The EDGE enjoys a loyal following, and the special rapport they have with BPA audiences makes a difference in the quality of each show. “In some venues, you have to spend the first 10 minutes winning the audience over before things warm up,” said player Susan MacPherson. “On Bainbridge Island, they go straight for the cliff from the start.”

The EDGE troupe members include Ken Ballenger, Frank Buxton, John Ellis, Cynthia Lair, Susan MacPherson, Bhama Roget, Andrew Shields, Chris Soldevilla, and Matty Whitman. Visit www.theedgeimprov.com for video clips from past shows and visit The EDGE at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org for tickets, bios, upcoming performances and more.

The EDGE Improv appears next at BPA on Saturday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, $16 for adults, and $12 for seniors, students, youth, military, and teachers, may be purchased online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206.842.8569 or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. BPA Box Office hours are typically 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance.

Bainbridge Performing Arts extends special thanks to The EDGE Improv’s 2014 – 2015 Sponsor Rolling Bay Café. BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All.

Check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline), join the conversation at Bainbridge Performing Arts on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostRecent=&gid=6515176&trk=my_groups-tile-flipgrp) and Twitter (@BPAPresents), or find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org. Check online for the latest on theatre and symphony auditions, complete theatre school and adult class offerings, performance listings, tickets, promos, and more. Go to “About BPA” and click on “Get Our Newsletter” to receive electronic performance announcements and behind-the-scenes news.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

BPA Gallery First Friday Art Walk May 1: Oil Paintings by Vivian Chesterley

BPA Gallery First Friday Art Walk: “Journey”
Oil Paintings by Vivian Chesterley
Friday, May 1
@ 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Exhibit continues through May at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Visit the BPA Gallery for “Journey,” and drop by May 1 for a special artist reception and a fun evening of art, food, and friends. Vivian Chesterley’s dramatic oil paintings combine realistic images of flowers and landscapes with abstract or impressionistic backgrounds. Her “Intimate Landscape Series” portrays Bainbridge Island locations that invite the viewer to relax and de-stress. Vivian’s “Flower Series” celebrates flowers with strong, powerful compositions and vibrant color.

The BPA Gallery showcases regional artists in monthly rotating exhibits in the C. Keith Birkenfeld Lobby and regularly participates in the First Friday Art Walk from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Gallery hours are 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday – Friday plus one hour prior to each performance.

BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All.

Check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline), join the conversation at Bainbridge Performing Arts on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostRecent=&gid=6515176&trk=my_groups-tile-flipgrp) and Twitter (@BPAPresents), or find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org. Check online for the latest on theatre and symphony auditions, complete theatre school and adult class offerings, performance listings, tickets, promos, and more. Go to “About BPA” and click on “Get Our Newsletter” to receive electronic performance announcements and behind-the-scenes news.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

Seattle super-harmonizers Uncle Bonsai, one night only April 25 at BPA

Uncle Bonsai
Saturday, April 25 @ 8:00 p.m.

One Night Only at Bainbridge Performing Arts

“A folk-pop trio from Seattle, Uncle Bonsai performs funny original songs whose exquisite musical detail and subtle needling wit attain a level of craft not often seen in pop.” - The New York Times

Imagine what might happen if Tim Burton hijacked the Andrew’s Sisters en route to a Stephen Sondheim festival with The Beatles and Tom Lehrer in the sidecar; you'd get Seattle super-harmonizers Uncle Bonsai.

With just three voices and an acoustic guitar, Uncle Bonsai presents an often dizzying vocal array of intricate harmony. Their songs, dark and hilarious at times, just as often delight with moments of great insight and beauty. The trio aligns itself with the underachiever, the dejected, the outsider, the black sheep -- densely-packed lyrics fly by in a whirr at times, and take a skewed stance on topics such as first-world problems, the creation of the universe, the afterlife, and, of course, holidays with the family.

Uncle Bonsai’s acoustic folk-pop songs are almost one-act plays or short stories, resisting strict pop, folk, or singer-songwriter categories. Their songs focus on the passing of time, the passing of genes, and the passing of pets -- the truth of everything seemingly buried somewhere under the family tree.

The Associated Press says that “their music ranges from irreverent to ironic, from satirical to sad. And despite the folk tag, their music defies categorization as it incorporates elements of jazz, pop, Broadway, reggae, and classical.” The New York Times says “No other folk group has a vocal blend comparable to Uncle Bonsai. Uncle Bonsai writes and performs songs that combine folk-oriented melodies with lyrics whose intricate rhymes, ironic knowingness and satirical thrust suggest vintage theater songs filtered through the influence of the Beatles.”

On April 25th, Uncle Bonsai will present two thematic one-acts, “Brand New World” and “The Family Feast,” featuring new songs, old songs, and songs from the upcoming release: “The Family Feast: The Study of the Human Condition, First World Problems, and the Lasting Physiological and Psychological Effects of Eating Our Young.”

"Singers Ratshin, O’Neill, and Adler are pitch-perfect in their delivery of often complex harmonic arrangements. And if there were an Ella Fitzgerald Award for Exquisite Elocution in Song, they would surely get it. These are nicely edgy, sour-sweet songs, written for grown-ups.” - The Seattle Times

Uncle Bonsai performs one night only Saturday, April 25 at 8:00 p.m. at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. Tickets, $20 per person, may be purchased online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206.842.8569 or in person at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA), 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. BPA Box Office hours are 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance.

BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All.

Visit Uncle Bonsai online at www.unclebonsai.com. Check Bainbridge Performing Arts out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline), join the conversation at BPA on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostRecent=&gid=6515176&trk=my_groups-tile-flipgrp) and Twitter (@BPAPresents), or find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org. Check online for the latest on theatre and symphony auditions, complete theatre school and adult class offerings, performance listings, tickets, promos, and more. Go to “About BPA” and click on “Get Our Newsletter” to receive electronic performance announcements and behind-the-scenes news.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

“Shakespeare and the Authorship Issue” April 4, 16, & 22 @ Kitsap Regional Library

Speaker Series – “Shakespeare and the Authorship Issue”
April 4 @ 2:00 p.m. at Kitsap Regional Library, Silverdale Branch
April 16 @ 3:00 p.m. at Kitsap Regional Library, Port Orchard Branch
April 22 @ 7:00 p.m. at Kitsap Regional Library, Poulsbo Branch

Join BPA Shakespeare Society Director Tom Challinor April 4, 16, and 22 for “Shakespeare and the Authorship Issue” – a program that will help both writers and speakers deepen their understanding of Shakespeare in a way that is both fun and informative.

There have long been doubts about the true identity of the writer who penned the masterpieces of the Elizabethan stage. Join Tom Challinor, Director of the BPA Shakespeare Society, for a mostly objective look at the controversy associated with the Bard of Stratford-on-Avon and who some of the alternative candidates might be.

These free community events will be held at three branches of the Kitsap Regional Library during April: at the Silverdale branch, 3450 NW Carlton St. on April 4 at 2:00 p.m.; at the Port Orchard branch, 87 Sidney Ave. at on April 16 at 3:00 p.m.; and at the Poulsbo branch, 700 NE Lincoln Road on April 22 at 7:00 p.m. Additional information is available through the Kitsap Regional Library at www.krl.org.

The off-site Shakespeare Speaker Series is provided as part of month-long celebration of the Bard at Bainbridge Performing Arts this April. Shakespeare enthusiasts may also enjoy Shakespeare in the BPA Garden – a special exhibit by Karen Challinor featuring four flagstones with Shakespearean quotes referencing the flowers that are blooming in BPA’s front garden beds and four faerie gardens depicting scenes from Shakespeare’s plays. Kim Scott-Olson’s remarkable collection of arresting photographs from island Shakespeare productions will be displayed in “All the World’s a Stage” in the BPA Gallery, including a special artist reception on April 3. On April 18 & 19, Tom Challinor joins the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra performances of “Comedy and Tragedy with The BPA Shakespeare Society,” in a program featuring music and drama drawn from and inspired by the works of Shakespeare.

BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All.

Check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline), join the conversation at Bainbridge Performing Arts on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostRecent=&gid=6515176&trk=my_groups-tile-flipgrp) and Twitter (@BPAPresents), or find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org. Check online for the latest on theatre and symphony auditions, complete theatre school and adult class offerings, performance listings, tickets, promos, and more. Go to “About BPA” and click on “Get Our Newsletter” to receive electronic performance announcements and behind-the-scenes news.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

StoryShare: David Schulz at the Bainbridge Waterfront Park Community Center April 25

StoryShare featuring David Schulz
Saturday, April 25 @ 9:00 a.m.
at the Waterfront Park Community Center

Enjoy a presentation on cultural mythology and the collective memory in this riveting “summary conversation” to Bainbridge Performing Arts’ community outreach program for SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS. StoryShare features renowned guest speaker David Schulz, who has presented research globally on issues of rhetoric, public memory, and social movements. Schulz is a professor and Chair of Communication at Trinity Lutheran College in Everett, Washington, and his presentation emphasis will be on lessons learned and how we, as a community, move thoughtfully forward from here.

In the course of BPA’s production of SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS, audience members were invited to share how the experience of exclusion relates to their lives by recording their comments on tags very similar to those issued to Japanese Americans during the Japanese American exclusion experience. These completed tags will be on display at the Waterfront Park Community Center during StoryShare and will subsequently be archived at the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum as the “2015 Exclusion Tag Community Project.”

This free community presentation will be held Saturday, April 25 at 9:00 a.m. at the Waterfront Park Community Center, 370 Brien Dr. SE, Bainbridge Island. Additional information is available through the Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District at www.biparks.org or 206.842.1616.

BPA’s outreach programs for SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS are supported in part by a grant from Humanities Washington, a state-wide non-profit organization supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the State of Washington, and contributions from individuals and foundations. SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS is supported in part by a grant from the Washington State Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, and our generous sponsor is The Maggi Rogers Fund. BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All.

Check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline), join the conversation at Bainbridge Performing Arts on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostRecent=&gid=6515176&trk=my_groups-tile-flipgrp) and Twitter (@BPAPresents), or find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org. Check online for the latest on theatre and symphony auditions, complete theatre school and adult class offerings, performance listings, tickets, promos, and more. Go to “About BPA” and click on “Get Our Newsletter” to receive electronic performance announcements and behind-the-scenes news.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra holds mid-season auditions (by appointment)

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra (BSO)
with Music Director & Conductor Wesley Schulz
Announce Mid-Season Auditions at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

The Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra is holding mid-season auditions for immediate placement. Of special interest are violins (first and second), viola, and horn. Players of all other instruments are encouraged to audition for the substitute musician list.

Auditions are by appointment only at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA), 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. Musicians are requested to arrive 15 minutes ahead of their arranged appointment and look for signs to the warm-up and audition rooms. Those auditioning should prepare two contrasting works of their choice that display the depth of their musical sensitivity and range of technical ability. Come prepared to play a total of five-eight minutes of music. Sight-reading for all instruments will be requested; music will be provided on site. Those interested in auditioning for principal positions will be asked to prepare excerpts.

Please contact BSO General Manager Clara Hanson for more information and to arrange an audition time at BSOManager@bainbridgeperformingarts.org or 206.465.0455.

The Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra rehearses on Wednesday evenings, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. at Bainbridge Performing Arts. Upcoming performance dates are April 18 & 19, and May 30 & 31, 2015. Read more about the BSO Season at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org/collections/bso-2014-2015.

Music has always been at the heart of the BPA mission, and the organization’s commitment stands undiminished to this day. It has the backing of a well-organized Board and a thriving institution. It takes a lively community of volunteer musicians and listeners to make such a commitment sustainable, and BPA thanks the BSO musicians and audience members for their part in keeping the classical music program lively and growing. Please join us for the BSO’s 2014 - 2015 Season and celebrate the orchestra’s vitality and contribution to the arts on Bainbridge Island.

The Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra is generously sponsored by Wicklund Dental, supporter of our Youth in Music Initiative, and Fletcher Bay Foundation, who also funded music acquisition for the season. BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All.

Check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline), join the conversation at Bainbridge Performing Arts on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostRecent=&gid=6515176&trk=my_groups-tile-flipgrp) and Twitter (@BPAPresents), or find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org. Check online for the latest on theatre and symphony auditions, complete theatre school and adult class offerings, performance listings, tickets, promos, and more. Go to “About BPA” and click on “Get Our Newsletter” to receive electronic performance announcements and behind-the-scenes news.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra: Music Inspired by The Bard April 18 & 19

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra (BSO) presents
SHAKESPEARE: Comedy and Tragedy with the BPA Shakespeare Society
Saturday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. & Sunday, April 19 @ 3:00 p.m.
At Bainbridge Performing Arts

Shakespeare has long been a source of artistic inspiration. His literary works have inspired visual art, plays, film, dance, music and more. In this concert series the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra will collaborate for the first time with The BPA Shakespeare Society and Director Tom Challinor, featuring music and drama drawn from and inspired by the Bard. The program will additionally showcase the BSO’s 1st place Young Artist Concerto Competition Winner Andrew Barnwell and Runner Up Shintaro Taneda, plus the Senior Orchestra from the Bainbridge Island Youth Orchestra in a side-by-side performance.

On the program are NICOLAI – The Merry Wives of Windsor Overture, MENDELSSOHN – Selections from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, LALO – Symphonie Espagnole (1st movement performed by Shintaro Taneda), GRIEG – Piano Concerto in A minor (1st movement performed by Andrew Barnwell), BERNSTEIN/PERESS – West Side Story Overture, BEETHOVEN – Coriolan Overture, and TCHAIKOVSKY – Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture (1880).

Tom Challinor is the founder of The BPA Shakespeare Society and director of last summer’s Twelfe Night and the previous summer’s The Tempest. He has acted in Noises Off (Frederick Fellows), Macbeth (Macduff), and As You Like It (Duke Senior) with BPA, also Comedy of Errors (Antipholus of Ephesus), Much Ado About Nothing (Don Pedro), and As You Like It (Roland de Boys) with Studio H’Poko in Maui.

Seventeen-year-old Andrew Barnwell is a junior at Mercer Island High School. A frequent participant in local festivals, he has won 3rd Place in Seattle’s 2013 Russian Music Competition, 2nd Place in the 2014 NW Bach Festival, 1st Place in the 2014 GMCC competition, 1st Prize in the 2014 Chopin NW Festival, and was invited to compete for a spot in the 2015 Minnesota International Piano Junior e-Competition. In 2014, Andrew was selected to participate in the internationally renowned Morningside Music Bridge program in Calgary, Canada; while there, he was invited to perform at the National Music Center, and was also awarded the Stuart Holland Memorial Award, which was given to four students whom the faculty felt best took advantage of the opportunities offered. When not competing, he works with a student-run non-profit organization, Instruments for Change, which promotes music in the community.

Formed in 2001 by parents and local teachers with a desire to have their children grow up with orchestra as an essential part of their musical experience, the Bainbridge Island Youth Orchestra fosters musicianship and camaraderie within the community through education and performance. The organization consists of two ensembles - the Orchestra and the Sinfonietta, plus several ensembles during the Spring Melodies term.

Maestro Wesley Schulz is garnering attention for his fresh programming and imaginative performances as well as building orchestras and growing audiences. In constant demand, Schulz is the Music Director of the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Festival Orchestra and the Bainbridge Island Youth Orchestra. He has been lauded by musicians for his “intensity and emotion” in performances and for his “approachable and inspiring” leadership. In the fall of 2014 Schulz assumed the post of Conducting Fellow at the Seattle Symphony with Music Director Ludovic Morlot.

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra performs at Bainbridge Performing Arts on Saturday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 19 at 3:00 p.m. A special pre-concert chat will be held on Sunday at 2:15 p.m. Tickets, $19 for adults, and $16 for seniors, students, military, and teachers may be purchased online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206.842.8569 or in person at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA), 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. BPA Box Office hours are 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance.

Under BPA’s Youth in Music Initiative generously sponsored by Wicklund Dental, each youth receives free admission when accompanied by a paying adult. Bainbridge Performing Arts extends additional thanks to Fletcher Bay Foundation, who also funded music acquisition for the season. BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All.

Check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline), join the conversation at Bainbridge Performing Arts on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostRecent=&gid=6515176&trk=my_groups-tile-flipgrp) and Twitter (@BPAPresents), or find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org. Check online for the latest on theatre and symphony auditions, complete theatre school and adult class offerings, performance listings, tickets, promos, and more. Go to “About BPA” and click on “Get Our Newsletter” to receive electronic performance announcements and behind-the-scenes news.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

Andre Feriante and The Bohemian Entourage in "String Stories" - April 10

Andre Feriante and The Bohemian Entourage present
STRING STORIES
Friday, April 10 @ 7:30 p.m.
at
Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Join us for a sensual and unique fusion of classical, flamenco, and jazz on guitar, banjo, ukulele, and harp guitar. Original Spanish-influenced music combines with Bach, Leonard Cohen, jazz standards, East Indian rhythms, fiery South American songs, and early music and improvisations on the Beatles. On April 10, one night only at BPA, Andre Feriante and The Bohemian Entourage present STRING STORIES – an evening of passionate music, replete with improvisation, humor, and storytelling.

Beginning with his first concert in Rome in 1979, Seattle-based, award winning, Segovia-trained guitar artist/composer Andre Feriante has performed for over three decades in Europe, S. America and throughout the U.S., bringing his sensual, contemporary blend of classical, flamenco and Brazilian styles to people from all walks of life. Through his performances in recent years, along with his latest albums Beatles Masquerade and Novella, Ukulele Mosaique, Feriante has garnered rave reviews for applying his innovative approach and guitar mastery to rare instruments such as custom ukuleles and the nylon stringed banjo. Feriante’s concerts promise inspiring musical journeys with original music, classical and jazz standards, vocals in Italian, and poetry over guitar. Feriante was named “Best Local Musician” by Seattle Magazine, and, according to Harriet Bullitt, “Feriante’s guitar truly sings.”

The Bohemian Entourage showcases Stella Rossi’s neo-flamenco dance, guitar, and vocals and Anil Prasad on world-fusion tabla and cajon. Beginning her artistic career at the young age of three, Stella joined the National Ballet Folklorico Municipal of Asuncion at age 15, performing as an ambassador of the Paraguayan culture in several International Festivals around the globe. Rossi also performs with her own band, Deseo Carmin (www.reverbnation.com/deseocarmin). A student of tabla masters Tor Dietrichson, Ustad Akram Khan, and Ustad Zakir Hussain, Prasad records and performs with many western, world music, and Indian groups in Seattle and beyond, including sitar master Pandit Debi Prasad Chatterjee.

Solo artist, support artist, composer, and educator Clipper Anderson joins The Bohemian Entourage as a special guest for this performance. Hailed as a virtuosic improviser, Anderson is known for creating intelligent lines, which are often executed with stunning speed and precision. Earshot Jazz has aptly described Anderson as “a player for the connoisseur to savor,” and his musical resume is as impressive as it is deep. He has played with a long list of jazz greats including Michael Brecker, Arturo Sandoval, Dave Samuels, Peter Erskine, Bruce Forman, Tamir Hendelman, Bob Mintzer, Lew Soloff, Bucky Pizzarelli, Benny Golson, Paquito D’Rivera, Phil Woods and Buddy DeFranco.

YouTube videos for Andre Feriante and The Bohemian Entourage can be found at http://youtu.be/1B_JTkUaQmA (String Stories), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46YgPaUd61U, http://youtu.be/p3RpdS_FVNI, and http://youtu.be/wV0B0MEwZk8.

Andre Feriante and The Bohemian Entourage appear as part of BPA’s Cultural Outreach Series, one night only on Friday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, $12 for adults and $10 for children, may be purchased online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206.842.8569 or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. BPA Box Office hours are typically 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance.

BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine