BSO presents Franck Symphony in D minor February 17 & 18

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra
Presents Franck Symphony in D minor
with Guest Conductor Mario Alejandro Torres
February 17 & 18: Saturday @ 7:30 p.m. & Sunday @ 3:00 p.m.
At Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Guest Conductor Mario Alejandro Torres will lead the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra’s lyrical and lovely winter program this February. César Franck wrote a hybrid symphony-symphonic poem when he penned his Symphony in D minor, his most enduring work for orchestra. The opening movement seems to ask a question with its three-note motive, and the final movement aims to answer it with both ebullience and sincerity. Composer Bright Sheng was lifted to national prominence by Leonard Bernstein and has received commissions from orchestras such as the Philadelphia Orchestra and Detroit Symphony. His orchestral setting, Black Swan, of Brahms’s Intermezzo in A major, Op. 118, No. 2 is moving and beautifully haunting. Eric Ewazen’s Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra features guest bass trombonist David Krosschell and is playful in the first movement while the second is a sort of “song without words.” The finale will impress listeners with its power and drive as it soars to a riveting conclusion.

Mario Alejandro Torres, a native of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, is a conductor, teacher, performer, and promoter of artistic community growth based in Seattle, WA. Mr. Torres is bringing a new and exciting sound to the Poulsbo Community Orchestra, where he has been recently appointed music and artistic director. On February of 2017 he did a conducting fellowship with the Seattle Symphony, assisting Maestro Ludovic Morlot in an exciting concert where Hilary Hahn performed the impassioned Bruch’s first violin concerto. At University of Washington, his energy and passion to work with young musicians have set UW Campus Philharmonia Orchestras to higher artistic performances.

Mr. Torres has appeared internationally as a guest conductor and clinician for music programs of social inclusion for troubled teen-agers such as: The National Music School of Suriname in South America, and the Académie Musicale Occide Jeanty in Croix des Bouquets in Haiti. He also gave performances with the Eddy Snijders Orchestra in Paramaribo, Suriname, and in his hometown with the professional Chamber Orchestra of San Pedro Sula and the student choir of the School of Music Victoriano Lopez.

David Krosschell is an accomplished bass trombonist, tenor trombonist, and music educator based in the Seattle area. Well versed in classical, jazz, and commercial styles, he has performed with the Seattle Symphony, Tacoma Symphony, Yakima Symphony, Seattle Wind Symphony, Northwest Sinfonietta, Seattle Rock Orchestra, and the Seattle Modern Orchestra. Many of his recent endeavors center around performing and presenting chamber and contemporary classical music for wider and more varied audiences. Dr. Krosschell is currently on faculty at Seattle Pacific University and the School of Music at University of Puget Sound where he teaches the trombone studio, brass techniques, music theory, and ear training.

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra’s winter concerts are February 17 and 18 – Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m., with a pre-concert chat on Sunday at 2:15 p.m. Tickets, $21 for adults, and $18 for seniors, students, military, and teachers, may be purchased online at, by phone at 206.842.8569 or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. Each youth receives free admission when accompanied by a paying adult thanks to the BSO’s “Youth in Music Initiative” funded by Wicklund Dental. 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 Media Sponsor Classical KING FM 98.1, Community Sponsor Carly’s Rolling Bay Café, and “Youth in Music Initiative” Sponsor Wicklund Dental. BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation, the City of Bainbridge Island, and One Call for All. Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to offer an “Open Doors” program. Free and reduced-cost tickets to most events are available to community members in need through our partner Helpline House thanks to grants from BCF, the Mabee Family Foundation, and the Alder Fund at the Bainbridge Community Foundation.

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