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.

“Our 30th Anniversary Concert is a celebration of our wonderful history here in the Northwest and continues to be a statement of our support for local composers with the world premiere of Fanfare for Orchestra by well known local composer Samuel Jones.  We also celebrate local talent with NWSO Concertmaster Eric Rynes as soloist on the Brahms Violin Concerto, and befitting this celebratory concert, we conclude with the festive Pines of Rome by Respighi." 

- Anthony Spain, NWSO Conductor & Music Director

Anthony Spain

 concert 4 - season finale - 30th anniversary celebration concert

Celebration of Performing 150 Works by Local Northwest Composers In Our History

Concert Image8:00 PM, Saturday, April 29, 2017
Highline Performing Arts Center

Fanfare, Samuel Jones (world premiere)
Violin Concerto, Johannes Brahms
     soloist Eric Rynes
Pines of Rome, Ottorino Respighi

Northwest Composer

Samuel JonesSamuel Jones first came into prominence as a conductor, one of the few Americans to advance through the ranks of the smaller American orchestras to ecome conductor of one of the majors (the Rochester Philharmonic). He then achieved national recognition in another field as he founded a significant new music school and served for six years as its first dean (Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music). All the while he has continued to compose and has amassed a vital and active catalogue of works.

After stepping down as dean, Jones continued at the Shepherd School as Professor of Conducting and Composition and Director of Graduate Studies, spending a total of 24 years at Rice. In 1997 he retired from full-time academic life, and he and his wife moved to the Seattle area where he was appointed by Gerard Schwarz as Composer in Residence of the Seattle Symphony. He served fourteen years in that position, the longest such tenure in American orchestral history, composing a large number of significant works, including a successful series of concertos for principal players in the orchestra. In addition to his work in composition, Jones continues to spend significant time as a teacher of conducting and composition, for which he has also developed a wide reputation. As a past president of the Conductors’ Guild and as a frequent master teacher at the Conductors Institute and other conductor study classes, Jones has made a strong contribution to the advancement of the American conductor.

Featured Soloist

Erik RynesEric Rynes has been hailed for his “committed,” “intrepid,” and “achingly beautiful” performances in diverse styles and genres, from recitals of the “thorniest” new music (Seattle Weekly), to his work as concertmaster and concerto soloist with the Northwest Symphony Orchestra, to evenings of authentic Argentine tango with the quartet Tangabrazo, to guest appearances with jazz and rock groups. Particularly known for his expertise in new music, having studied in Europe with Maryvonne Le Dizès (Ensemble Intercontemporain) and Irvine Arditti, he has premiered solo works in Berlin, Havana, Chicago, Barcelona, Rotterdam, and many other cities, often with live electronics. As a concerto competition winner, he has performed concertos by Bartók and Shostakovich. As an orchestral musician, Eric has performed under the batons of Barenboim, Boulez, Slatkin, and many others. As a sideman, he has performed with Sufjan Stevens and Rod Stewart; he has also served as concertmaster for performances by Natalie Cole, Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, Imogen Heap, and Alice in Chains. He has recorded in numerous capacities and genres, performed over 150 wildly different chamber works, provided live and recorded music for plays by Chekhov and Ibsen, served on the violin faculty of Marrowstone Summer Music in Bellingham WA, adjudicated for competitions and grant proposals, and lectured on composing for the violin at universities stretching from Washington State and Montana to the U.K. He received his M.M. in violin and a graduate certificate in statistical genetics from the University of Washington, and degrees in physics from the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois.

Since moving to Seattle in 1996, Eric has made major musical contributions to the city and region, and has premiered works by Seattle composers for audiences in Europe and across the U.S. He also enjoys hosting visiting composers and performers.


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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 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.

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