Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra
NOTE FROM THE MAESTRO
Welcome to the 2015-2016 season of the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra (BSO)! This year marks my fifth year as Music Director and Conductor of the orchestra, and we have some special plans for you. In the past four years the orchestra and I have witnessed a renaissance of classical music making on Bainbridge Island. Together, we have commissioned new works for orchestra, reinvigorated our Young Artist Competition, brought first-class soloists to the stage, and collaborated with everyone from the Bainbridge Chorale to the EDGE Improv, and much, much more. To top it off, we have enjoyed numerous sold-out performances and continue to see a growing audience base for all of our concerts. Thank YOU for helping us make the BSO a centerpiece of arts and culture on Bainbridge Island.
This season the BSO and I are floored to bring you new music by living composers, a few absorbing lesser known works, and, of course, jewels of the orchestra canon. The new works we will present are Christopher Rogerson’s "Luminosity" and Mason Bates’ "Mothership." We celebrate the 150th birthday of Carl Nielsen – a favorite composer of mine – by performing his "Symphony No. 3, 'Sinfonia espansiva'." We will also bring you Beethoven’s "Fourth Piano Concerto," Dvorak’s "Symphony No 8," and (not to be missed!) Ravel’s dazzling orchestration of Mussorgsky’s "Pictures at an Exhibition."
Thank you for exploring our 43rd season, and we look forward to seeing you at Bainbridge Performing Arts!
ABOUT THE BSO
Maestro Wesley Schulz was selected as the BSO’s new Music Director and Conductor in April 2011 after a nationwide search and over 100 applications. He has been lauded by musicians for his “intensity and emotion” in performances and for his “approachable and inspiring” leadership. Since his appointment, he has taken the orchestra and audience members on a dynamic musical journey showcasing winners from the Young Artist Concerto Competition, premiering works specifically commissioned for the BSO by composers Brett Kroening and Erich Stem, joining in an historic collaboration with the Bainbridge Chorale, side-by-side performances with the Bainbridge Island Youth Orchestra, and enlisting a star-studded cast of guest performers for each four-concert season filled with masterworks, beloved favorites, and original compositions.
View the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra membership roster HERE.
The Bainbridge Orchestra was founded in 1972 by the late David Pence, when the Island’s population was less than 13,000. Adopted under the BPA umbrella in the spring of 1993, and changing its name to the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra in 2006, the Symphony serves a musically rich role in our community uniting artists spanning generations and skill levels, and coming from all walks of life, to share their love of music and learn from each other. The Symphony has consistently enjoyed superb leadership throughout its history in such diverse venues as the Bainbridge High School LGI Theater, Saint Barnabas Church, Bloedel Reserve, and Bainbridge Alliance Church.
Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra and Bainbridge Performing Arts are enduringly grateful to the countless members of the community who have dedicated their time, energy, money, and audience support to this volunteer organization.
To view the symphony’s past programs please click on the links below.
2014 - 2015 SEASON
November 8 & 9, 2014: TCHAIKOVSKY’S FIRST PIANO CONCERTO
February 28 & March 1, 2015: RAISE THE ROOF!
April 18 & 19, 2015: SHAKESPEARE: COMEDY AND TRAGEDY WITH THE BPA SHAKESPEARE SOCIETY
May 30 & 31, 2015: GERSHWIN’S PIANO CONCERTO