Symphony Spectacular: Music for All

Music Director & Conductor Mario Alejandro Torres
FEATURING: Emily Acri, violinist

The Program

JAMES NEWTON HOWARD: Red Sparrow Overture
LEONARD BERNSTEIN (arr. Jack Mason): West Side Story Selections
JOHN WILLIAMS (music by Carlos Gardel and lyrics by Alfredo Le Pera): Tango (Por Una Cabeza)
RALPH FORD, arranger: Video Games Live Suite
Halo: Martin O’Donnell & Michael Salvatori
Civilization IV: Jeff Briggs
Bounty Hunter: Jeremy Soule
Kingdom Hearts: Yoko Shimomura & Kaoru Wada
PAUL HART: Cartoon

From Leonard Bernstein to John Williams, this invigorating program encompasses music from an array of artistic disciplines. Join Maestro Mario Alejandro Torres, the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra, and the incredibly-talented violinist Emily Acri for the final concert of our 2018 – 2019 season, as we celebrate the significance and vitality of music in our daily lives. You won’t want to miss this concert, as it will be a Symphony Spectacular!

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra's four-concert classical series features a star-studded cast of guest performers, masterworks, beloved favorites, original compositions, and special collaborations. Stay tuned for our 2019 - 2020 season.

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Mario Alejandro Torres

Mario Alejandro Torres is a conductor, teacher, and performer native to San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Currently based in Seattle, Washington, Mr. Torres made his Benaroya Hall conducting debut in collaboration with Maestros Ludovic Morlot and David Alexander Rahbee in an exciting concert with the University of Washington Symphony Orchestra. For the past two years, he has served in a conducting fellowship with the Seattle Symphony, assisting Maestro Morlot in collaboration with artists such as Hilary Hahn and John Luther Adams. As the Music Director of Poulsbo Community Orchestra, he has brought a new and exciting sound to the ensemble. Outside of the United States, he has conducted performances with the Eddy Snijders Orchestra in Paramaribo, Suriname, and in his hometown with the professional Chamber Orchestra of San Pedro Sula, and Victoriano Lopez School of Music Choir.

As an advocate for Education, Mr. Torres serves as Assistant Conductor of the University of Washington Symphony Orchestra, where he is a candidate for the doctoral degree in orchestral conducting under the mentorship of David Alexander Rahbee and Seattle Symphony Music Director Ludovic Morlot. His energy and passion to work with young musicians have brought the UW Campus Philharmonia Orchestras to a higher level of artistic performance. He has also held teaching positions at the Victoriano Lopez School of Music in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and Louisiana Academy of Music in Natchitoches, Louisiana. In his work for social inclusion, Mr. Torres has appeared internationally as a guest conductor and clinician for programs such as The National Music School of Suriname in South America and the Académie Musicale Occide Jeanty in Croix des Bouquets, Haiti.

As a violist, he has performed as a soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of San Pedro Sula, NSULA Symphony and Chamber orchestras, Rapides Symphony Orchestra, and the Monteux School and Music Festival. He has been co-principal violist for Texarkana Symphony Orchestra, South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, and Shreveport Summer Music Festival. He has also played with Symphoria, Shreveport, Longview, Rapides, Marshall, and Costa Rica Symphony orchestras. Mr. Torres performed with the Youth Orchestra of the Americas in Germany, Italy, France, Belgium, and England.

Mr. Torres holds a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from Ithaca College under the mentorship of Jeffery Meyer, and a Bachelor and a Master of Music in Viola Performance from Northwestern State University of Louisiana (NSULA). Mr. Torres completed a professional program with the Youth Orchestra of the Americas’ Global Leaders Program, focusing in community leadership, teaching artistry, and social entrepreneurship. Mr. Torres also holds degrees in Computer Information Systems and Business Administration.

His wife Jenny is an active member of the community, supporting and engaging in activities with the Seattle Music Partners Program, and the Special Events department of the Seattle Symphony

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Emily Acri

Violinist Emily Acri, 25, was born and raised in Chicago's Northshore. She received pre collegiate training from Stacia Spencer at Northwestern University, where she was also a member of the Northwestern Strings violin ensemble, performing regularly at local venues and touring Europe during two summers. From age 7 to 18, Emily was a member of the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory (MYAC) under the direction of Dr. Allan Dennis.  There, she studied and performed orchestral and chamber music and solidified her views of the power and importance of musical collaboration. Through Midwest Young Artists, Emily was concertmaster on tour in Germany, frequently performed as a soloist with orchestra, and was twice a semifinalist with string quartets at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Today, Emily continues to teach and perform at MYAC when she is back in Chicago.  Emily received her undergraduate training from Indiana University, studying with Mimi Zweig, a world-renowned violin pedagogue. Emily's years in Bloomington strengthened a duel love of being both a performer and a teacher, particularly while playing and instructing during school years and summers with Mimi’s IU String Academy. After her undergraduate study, Emily pursued a Master’s degree at the University of Michigan under the direction of Danielle Belen, a captivating soloist and pedagogue and former faculty at the Colburn School in Los Angeles.  At Michigan, Emily often performed with faculty, fellow students, and young artists in various ensemble types and roles. Some notable performances included playing alongside her teacher Danielle at the Center Stage Strings summer program in Ann Arbor, Michigan, as well as performing as concertmaster for a University of Michigan conducting seminar under the instruction of Sir Simon Rattle. Presently, Emily resides in Seattle and is pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Washington. Her professor is Ronald Patterson, a seasoned pedagogue, violinist and former student of Jascha Heifetz, Erdice Shapiro, and Manuel Compinsky.  Emily regularly performs solo and ensemble works spanning from the Baroque era to music of today. In addition to performing, Emily enjoys teaching privately and especially enjoys her present role as orchestral and chamber music coach to students at the UW. Emily attributes her musical inspiration to her late Grandfather, Robert Acri, a legendary Chicago pianist.



Adults - $21.00 USD
Discounted - $18.00 USD
Youth 18 and under (free with paying adult) - $0.00 USD

Youth in Music Initiative: Please phone the BPA Box Office at 206.842.8569 to take advantage of this offer for youths, 18 and under.


June 8 & 9, 2019