The Northwest Symphony Orchestra

 30th Anniversary season

Northwest Symphony Orchestra kicks off the 2016 - 2017 season with a Family Concert. Highlights include a suite of John Williams’ music from Star Wars, a world premiere piece by Bradley Hawkins, as well as students from the Mount Rainer High School Orchestra performing with the NWSO. The evening will also include works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Wagner, Grieg, and Holst.

"This family concert includes some of the most popular classical music in the repertoire and what better way to finish this concert than with music from Star Wars?"

- Anthony Spain, NWSO Conductor & Music Director

Anthony Spain

Northwest Symphony Orchestra Double Bass

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7:30 PM, Friday, October 28, 2016
Highline Performing Arts Center

Star Wars Suite, John Williams
Capriccio Espagnol, Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Ride of the Valkyries, Richard Wagner
Overture (world premiere), Brad Hawkins *
Peer Gynt Suite #1, Edvard Grieg
Jig from St. Paul's Suite, Gustav Holst
     (with students from Mount Rainier High School Orchestra)

Children are invited to wear family friendly costumes to this family oriented concert! After the concert, children will be able to come up on stage to try out instruments and be mentored by NWSO musicians!

Northwest Composer

Donald Johnston Bradley Hawkins is a cellist and composer residing in Seattle, WA. He has written music for orchestras, choirs, films, video games, chamber groups, rock bands, and children's ensembles. He performs regularly with the Puget Sound String Quartet, various regional orchestras, and 5th Ave Theater. He has taught music at Seattle University, Lakeside School, The Academy of Music Northwest, and currently teaches cello and computer music at Seattle Pacific University. Bradley studied at cello and composition at Portland State University, Indiana University, and then film scoring at the Seattle Film Institute. Recent projects include the film "Cinema Chimaera" directed by Mick Flaaen, a choral piece in Romanian for Seattle Choral company, An orchestral tone poem for The Northwest Symphony Orchestra, and string and brass arrangements for the metal band "Late September Dogs".


Individual Tickets

Individual tickets to Northwest Symphony Orchestra concerts may be obtained through Brown Paper Tickets, calling the orchestra phone at (206) 242-6321, at the concert venue box office or ticket desk (cash or check only) 45 minutes prior, or by writing the Northwest Symphony Orchestra, P.O. Box 16231, Seattle, WA  98116.

Please see Tickets to purchase season tickets.

Student Tickets

Generously underwritten by the National Endowment for the Arts, the NWSO's Educational Outreach Symphony for Students program provides free tickets to students for performances at the Highline Performing Arts Center, Burien, Washington and at Holy Rosary, Seattle, Washington. Please see Symphony for Students Program for more information.


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 The Planets - LIVE

Northwest Symphony Orchestra's performance of Gustav Holst's The Planets with video accompaniment by Adrian Wyard. Images and video from NASA and local astrophotographer Andy Ermolli -- performed October 25, 2014. Visit The Planets - Live website for more information on the video.

 About the nwso

The mission of the Northwest Symphony Orchestra (NWSO) is to be the premier orchestra in performance and promotion of music by contemporary Northwest composers while also performing, promoting, and educating the public about the full spectrum of classical music. The NWSO is generously underwritten by the National Endowment for the Arts. The NWSO's Composer-In-Residence, Mentoring, and Symphony for Students programs provide educational enrichment to the Highline School District (South Seattle, WA) and the surrounding communities. These programs have proven to be highly successful, and our musicians have made positive impacts on program participants, from being role models to exposing audiences to classical music. Some of today’s young players will become professional musicians, but almost all of them will become part of an educated classical music audience.

 Our Supporters

National Endowment for the Arts 4 Culture Maryor's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs City of Burien
KING FM 98.1 City of Normandy Park City of SeaTac

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Northwest Symphony Orchestra is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) arts organization dedicated to providing outstanding performances and music education to Seattle and Tacoma area communities.