Behind the scenes at Bremerton’s symphony

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After a flood had damaged Mary-Cathern Edwards’ Manchester home, an insurance agent came out and … checked out her cello.

The agent happened to be president of the Bremerton Symphony board, and they needed a cellist. Edwards accepted the challenge.

That was 42 years ago.

“I’ve been there close to the longest,” Edwards said. “There’s a great camaraderie, a great community musical effort. It’s such a cool thing to be able to share.”

On Friday night, 6:30 p.m., the venerable Bremerton Symphony, on the eve of its season opener, will throw open the doors for the Kitsap Sun’s latest story walk.

Some 60 musicians will be doing their seventh and final rehearsal of “Dvořák the Romantic,” at the Bremerton Performing Arts Center.

“We’re from all walks of life,” said William Ferman, a Bremerton physician who plays clarinet in the symphony. “It’s a real cross section of the community.” ‘

We’ll hear Friday from Conductor Alan Futterman and several musicians before they begin the rehearsal. I’m especially curious about what it takes, mechanically, to bring all the moving parts of a symphony together.

The result is beautiful music — and you’ll be able to watch the entire performance. I think this is a real treat, and I hope you’ll join us.

“To be able to join together and as a unit perform these great works — you can’t describe the joy it brings,” added Ferman.

To RSVP, click here, or just show up.

Here are links to our previous story walks:

Campus at a crossroads 

Is the Cove turning a corner? 

Storywalking history, the Roxy, and all things hoppy

Walking the new Westpark

The new Lower Wheaton Way

Washington Avenue, past and present

The meandering Madrona Forest

Redwood Rendezvous in West Bremerton

Fourth Street’s Economic Divide

One thought on “Behind the scenes at Bremerton’s symphony

  1. Very interesting to see the photos and read the comments. I watched the opening of the Manette Bridge in 1930 and have always lived in Bremerton, but worked in both Port Orchard and Bremerton.

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