BSO presents Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8 in G major June 3 & 5 at BPA

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra presents Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8 in G major
June 3 & 5: Friday @ 7:30 p.m. & Sunday @ 3:00 p.m.
Pre-concert chat: Sunday, June 5 @ 2:15 p.m.
At Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Don’t miss the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra’s rousing season finale on June 3 and 5 at Bainbridge Performing Arts. The BSO proudly belongs to a consortium put together by New Music for America, which commissioned “Dreamtime Ancestors” by Christopher Theofanidis – one of the most-performed composers of the twenty-first century. One orchestra from every state was selected to participate, and Music Director Wesley Schulz and the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra members are thrilled to present the Washington premiere of this new work. To close the season the orchestra will perform Dvorak’s “Symphony No. 8 in G major,” one of the composer’s most-beloved and uplifting symphonies.

Leah Deobald, the 1st Place Winner of the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra’s 2016 Young Artist Competition joins the BSO for this concert with a performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, op. 37, first movement. Widely regarded for her “hauntingly beautiful sound” and “extreme virtuosity,” fifteen year old Leah is a top prize winner of the 2015 Washington Music Teachers National Association in Senior Piano Performance (as the youngest competitor), the 2014 Crescendo International Piano competition in New York City, the 2013 Tzar’s Village Divertimento International Music Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, and many more. Leah has appeared in prestigious venues reaching from Carnegie Weil Recital Hall in New York City, to Benaroya Nordstrom Recital Hall in Seattle, to Pavlovsk Palace near St. Petersburg in Russia, and beyond. She has frequently performed on Classical King FM radio for the NW Focus Live program hosted by Sean MacLean. This summer, Leah will join Music Fest Perugia in Italy to perform with Romanian conductor Mihnea Ignat of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the University of Alicante, Spain.

Maestro Wesley Schulz made his Seattle Symphony Orchestra debut in a sold-out performance with singer/songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov in February 2015. As the 2014-2015 Conducting Fellow Schulz served as cover conductor for Maestro Ludovic Morlot, led seven world premieres at the Merriman Family Young Composers Workshop and assisted with recordings for the symphony’s Grammy-winning label, Seattle Symphony Media. In addition to serving as Music Director and Conductor of Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra Schulz is Director of Orchestras at University of Puget Sound and Music Director of Seattle Festival Orchestra. Upcoming and recent conducting engagements include the Port Angeles Symphony, Auburn Symphony, Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra and the Juneau Symphony.

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra’s final concerts of the season are Friday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 5 at 3:00 p.m., with a special pre-concert chat on Sunday at 2:15 p.m. at Bainbridge Performing Arts. Tickets are $19 for adults, and $16 for seniors, students, military, and teachers; each youth receives free admission when accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at 206.842.8569 or in person at Bainbridge Performing Arts, 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.

Bainbridge Performing Arts extends special thanks to its Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra sponsors Fletcher Bay Foundation and San Carlos Restaurant. Each youth receives free admission when accompanied by a paying adult thanks to the “Youth in Music Initiative” funded by Wicklund Dental. BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All. Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to offer an “Open Doors” program. Free and reduced-cost tickets are available for most programs to community members in need through our partner Helpline House thanks to grants from the Mabee Family and Bainbridge Community Foundations. Please contact the BPA Box Office at 206.842.8569 or Helpline House to reserve tickets today.

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