The Northwest Symphony Orchestra

 30th Anniversary season

The Northwest Symphony Orchestra is proud to present their 30th Anniversary Season.  In this season we reach the unique milestone of performing 150 works by northwest composers in our history.  The season also includes a variety of exciting traditional pieces, as well as several well known soloists.

"Northwest Symphony Orchestra, continues their Season with a performance on Saturday, March 18, 2017th at 8:00pm at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. This concert part of the annual “Music for the Soul” series begun by the Northwest Symphony Orchestra several years ago. The program features the mighty Symphony #7 by Anton Bruckner and includes the use of Wagner Tubas. “Begun several years ago by the Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Music for the Soul concerts have become a testament to some of the most powerful scared music written, both traditional, as well as new. Last season we featured compelling sacred works by local northwest women composers, so in keeping with a sense of balanced programming, this season we perform Bruckner’s monumental Symphony #7. We hope you will join us for this profound work.”"

- Anthony Spain, NWSO Conductor & Music Director

Anthony Spain

Northwest Symphony Orchestra Double Bass

 concert 3 - MUSIC FOR THE SOUL

8:00 PM, Saturday, March 18, 2017
Holy Rosary, West Seattle

Symphonic Suite (Movement II), Dale Dykins *
Trumpet Concerto, Franz Joseph Haydn
     soloist Natalie Dungey
Symphony #7, Anton Bruckner


Northwest Composer

Dale DykinsDale Dykins (1918-2009) was a scholarship student at the College of Music of Cincinnati from 1937 to 1941, where he earned a Bachelor of Music Degree with a Diploma in Piano and a Certificate in Organ. He spent the next four years in military service and as a bombardier in the 8th Air Force was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross, an Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters, and ETO ribbon with three battle stars and a pre-Pearl Harbor ribbon.

In 1946 Dykins returned to the College of Music for four more years of study through the generosity of the GI Bill of Rights. During this second period of study, he won the Springer Gold Medal in piano and the Martin G. Dumlar Prize in composition as well earning a Master of Music Degree in Composition and a Post Graduate Degree in Piano.

From 1950 to 1983 Dykins taught piano, music theory and composition at the University of Northern Colorado. During his last 15 years as a professor of music, he was Chairman of the Department of Theory and Composition. On a sabbatical leave in 1955 and 1956, he was a composition student of Vittoria Gianinni at Juilliard. Upon his retirement in 1983, his colleagues and students founded the Dale Dykins Award, a scholarship awarded annually to promising students in musical composition.

Featured Soloist

Natalie DungeySeventeen year old American trumpet soloist Natalie Dungey came to international attention through her stunning performance of the Arutunian Trumpet Concerto at the National Trumpet Competition that went through the trumpet world on Youtube when she was 10.  Since then she has been a featured soloist with Christopher O’Reilly on NPR’s From The Top (show #202), has premiered works for trumpet and orchestra, and been the featured soloist with orchestras and bands around the country and as far as Japan.  

Written for her by Hollywood film composer and Grammy winner Mateo Messina (Soundtrack for "Juno"), Natalie performed the world premier of “Calling The Calvary” with the Northwest Symphony Orchestra in Benaroya Hall, Seattle's premier concert hall with an audience of 2000.  She performed the exciting work again with the Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra in an outdoor concert for Independence Day with an audience of 30,000 and again with the Northwest Symphony Orchestra on a subscription concert. In January of 2013 John Zoltek, music director of the Glacier Symphony and prolific composer, wrote a two movement concerto for trumpet for Ms. Dungey that Natalie successfully premiered with the Glacier Symphony to two sold out performances. Also in 2013, Natalie was the featured soloist with the Louisville Orchestra for the opening concert of the Kentucky Music Educator’s Association Conference. 


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.

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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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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
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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.