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The April 26th concert is the Season Finale of Northwest Symphony Orchestra’s season. The concert will begin with Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, which was written over a 3-day period in 1954 in commemoration of the 37th anniversary of the October Revolution. The performance will also feature soprano Alexandra Picard, performing a selection of arias by Brahms, Mahler, Puccini, and Huntley Beyer, and the orchestra will cap off the 2013 - 2014 season with Symphony No. 3 by Johannes Brahms.

“We conclude our season with Soprano soloist Alexandra Picard, an NWSO audience favorite, singing some famous arias. Some of these are on a CD that the NWSO recently recorded with Alexandra and this concert is a release party of that CD- Alexandra will sign copies at intermission and after the concert. We also open with Shostakovich’s exciting Festive Overture, and conclude the concert with the most romantic of Brahms Symphonies- his Symphony #3.”

- Anthony Spain

Season finale

8:00 PM, Saturday, April 26, 2014
Highline Performing Arts Center

Festive Overture, Dimitri Shostakovich
Alexandra Picard, soprano soloist
     Wiegenlied (Lullaby), Johannes Brahms
     When My Love Becomes a Bride,
          from Songs of a Wayfarer
, Gustav Mahler
     For My Daughter, Huntley Beyer *
     O Mio Babbino Caro, Giacomo Puccini
Symphony No. 3, Johannes Brahms


Alexandria PicardAlexandra Picard was born in New York City, earned a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University, and received her Masters in Music from the San Francisco Conservatory. She is a returning member of the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. Roles under preparation include Violetta in La Traviata; Manon in Manon; Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire, and Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor and Gerhilde in Die Walküre, both of which she will debut this season. Find out more


Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets. See Tickets for additional information.

Under NWSO's Educational Outreach Symphony for Students program, students receive free tickets to performances at the Highline Performing Arts Center, Burien, Washington. Please see Symphony for Students Program for more information.

NWSO Annual Fundraiser

Thursday, May 8, 2014
6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

The Swedish Club
2nd Floor, Three Crowns Room
1920 Dexter Avenue North

“An interest in and love of classical music is easiest when fostered early in a child’s life. We believe that to create lifelong music lovers and appreciative supporters of the arts requires an early intervention that must be nurtured consistently through to adulthood. As NWSO musicians, we see ourselves as advocates for this important outreach work.”

Please join us and enjoy dinner, wine, and music.

Your contribution helps support...

  • The performance and promotion of music by northwest composers.
  • The public education in the full spectrum of classical music.
  • The music education in the Highline School District and surrounding communities, an area underserved by the arts.
  • The highly successful Composer-In-Residence program providing role models that have positive impacts on program participants.
  • The Symphony for Students program providing an opportunity for students to attend a live concert.

For more information please contact the Northwest Symphony Orchestra at (206) 242-6321.

 Our Supporters

The Northwest Symphony Orchestra is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, 4Culture, Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, KING FM 98.1, City of Normandy Park, City of SeaTac, City of Burien, Washington States Arts Commission.

 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 completed it's 2011 - 2012 season by celebrating 25 Years and reaching the milestone of performing 125 works by northwest composers and garnering its 8th ASCAP award. 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 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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