BSO presents "The British are Coming!" November 12 & 13 at BPA

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra
Presents The British are Coming!
November 12 & 13: Saturday @ 7:30 p.m. & Sunday @ 3:00 p.m.
At Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra kicks off its season with resplendent works by three of England’s finest composers. William Walton wrote Crown Imperial: Coronation March for the crowning of Edward VIII in May 1937. When Edward VIII abdicated, the work was instead performed for his younger brother, George VI. Vaughan Williams wrote his Piano Concerto in C for pianist Harriet Cohen. Performed with the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra by guest soloist Cristina Valdés, this virtuosic concerto pays homage to Bach while also expressing a percussive and exuberant energy. The program concludes with Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations in which each variation is inspired by and dedicated to Elgar’s friends or loved ones.

Considered one of today’s foremost interpreters of contemporary music, pianist Cristina Valdés is currently an Artist-in-Residence at the University of Washington. She has performed across four continents and in venues such as Lincoln Center, Le Poisson Rouge, Miller Theatre, Jordan Hall, and the Kennedy Center. An avid chamber musician and collaborator, Cristina has toured extensively with the Bang On a Can “All Stars”, and has performed with the Seattle Chamber Players, the Mabou Mines Theater Company, the Parsons Dance Company, and Antares. She has also been a featured performer on both the Seattle Symphony’s Chamber Series and [UNTITLED] concerts. Cristina has appeared as concerto soloist with the Johns Hopkins Symphony Orchestra, the Binghamton Philharmonic, the Seattle Philharmonic, the Eastman BroadBand, and the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra. Recently, she performed the piano solo part of the Ives 4th Symphony with the Seattle Symphony, which was released on CD earlier this year to critical acclaim.

Maestro Wesley Schulz, who has garnered attention for his fresh programming and imaginative performances is pleased to return for the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra’s 2016 – 2017 Season. In constant demand, Schulz is Music Director of the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Festival Orchestra and serves as Director of Orchestras at University of Puget Sound. In 2014-2015 Schulz was the Conducting Fellow at the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. Since the beginning of his tenure in 2011, 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, collaborating with the Bainbridge Chorale and presenting 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.

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra’s opening concerts of the season are November 12 & 13, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. A pre-concert chat is offered on Sunday, November 13 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 its sponsors: Carly’s Rolling Bay Café and 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 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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