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, 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.

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