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Bremerton Symphony Association Elects New President, Board Members

This from our friends at the Bremerton Symphony Association (received July 1):

At its monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 16, the Bremerton Symphony Association elected a slate of officers who will serve for the 2009-2010 term, beginning July 1. The new Executive Committee will be headed by President Bob Cathcart, who served as 1st Vice President for the 2008-2009 term; Joan Soriano will move to 1st Vice President, and Andrea Spencer will step into the 2nd Vice President position. Steve Politakis will continue as Treasurer, and Dr. Tom Cameron will take on the job of Secretary. The two other Executive Committee members will be Symphony League President Elizabeth Drury and BSA Board Past President Holly James.

Three new board members were elected at the May meeting to serve terms of three-years: Ruth Bernstein, Wendy Clark-Getzin and Earl Rice. The Bremerton Symphony Orchestra (BSO) will be represented on the board by Dr. William Ferman, who has completed his elected term but will return to serve in this capacity; the alternate BSO rep will be Kay Daling. Joyce Brown continues as board representative for the Concert Chorale. Other returning members are Jacquelyn Aufderheide, Lorrie Cook, Wayne Ellis, Alan Halfhill, Connie Lord, Dr. Ron Morse, Joan Taie and Todd Tidball.

Ex-officio Board members include Music Director Alan Futterman, Chorale Director LeeAnne Campos, Youth Orchestra Director Michael Woods and BSA Executive Director Gena Wales.

The Bremerton Symphony Association’s fall season begins October 24 with a program chosen entirely by the orchestra musicians. Featured is local pianist Irene Bowling, playing the Schumann Piano Concerto. Flanking her performance will be the overture to Mozart’s “Magic Flute” and Dvorak’s Ninth, “New World Symphony.” Tickets for this performance—as well as Season Tickets to the complete set of six concerts—are available at the Bremerton Symphony Association Office, (360) 373-1722.

While the board continues regular monthly meetings throughout the summer, the BSA office has adopted reduced hours through the month of August: Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Meet the ‘New World’ … BSO Brings Back Dvorak’s Ninth

Five years and 22 days since they last played it, the Bremerton Symphony Orchestra will open their 2009-10 season with Antonin Dvorak ‘s Symphony No. 9, “From the New World.”

The announcement came during the May 9 finale to the Symphony’s tumultuous 2008-09 season, where brochures cataloging next season’s programs were available. The season also was discussed briefly by Alan Futterman , who has officially introduced as BSO’s music director for 2009-10. Futterman was on the podium for three concerts during the just-completed season, replacing Elizabeth Stoyanovich , who was dismissed after five and a half extremely successful seasons.

(Futterman actually had the night off from baton-wielding duties for the May 9 concert, as they were shared by assistant conductor Gary Dahl and guest conductor Hilary Davan Wetton .)

Dvorak’s beloved “New World Symphony ” also kicked off the Symphony’s 2004-05 season. Futterman said the orchestra’s musicians voted it into this year’s program.

The 2009-10 season:

Oct. 24: “Oktoberfest: The Glories of Middle Europe” — Mozart: Overture, “The Magic Flute;” Schuman: Piano Concerto (guest soloist Irene Bowling); Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 (“From the New World”)

Nov. 21: “A Night at the Opera” — excerpts from operatic works by Wagner, Verdi, Mascagni, Borodin and Mussorgsky

Dec. 12: “Holiday Traditions from the U.K.” — Handel: Chorus selection from “Messiah;” Holst: “Christmas Day;” Finnegan: “Christmas Sing-along”

March 20: Fiesta Latina” — Albeniz: “Asturias;” Lalo: “Sinfonie espagnole” (guest soloist Claire Sledd, violin); De Falla: “El Amor Brujo (Ritual Fire Dance);” Futterman: “Inca Funeral Music;” “Fiesta Mexicana;” Lecuona: “La Comparsa,” “Danza Lucumi;” Villoldo: “Tango El Choclo”

April 17 (Chorale): “American Melodies” — At Sylvan Way Baptist Church, the Bremerton Symphony Concert Chorale, LeeAnne Campos, director, perform music by Copland, Berlin and Gershwin (Melissa Paulson, piano)

May 8: “The Final Flare of European Romanticism” — Mahler: Symphony No. 6

The Symphony’s annual “Vienna Night” fundraiser will be February 27 at the Kitsap Golf and Country Club.

Information: (360) 373-1722, bremertonsymphony.org

More later … — MM

‘Roman Holiday’ Finds Bremerton Symphony in Fine Form

Here’s the review posted at kitsapsun.com/entertainment from the March 21 performance by the Bremerton Symphony:

I’ve not been in the habit of reviewing concerts or other events of a “one-off” nature — something that happens only once, and doesn’t afford another opportunity to be taken in, no matter how strongly I might endorse it.
However, the March 21 “Solostimmen” program was my first chance to see the Bremerton Symphony perform since the removal of music director Elizabeth Stoyanovich in January. So it bears a little rehash.
I passed on the Symphony’s February program — not because I didn’t want to go, but because I was floored by a case of the Crud (that actually should be spelled with a capital CRUD), and I didn’t think anyone would appreciate me showing up in that condition, even if I had been able to navigate my fevered self there.
It won’t come as a surprise to anyone who’s followed the Symphony with any interest, but it’s still a great joy and a great relief to be able to relate:
The Symphony continues to be the usual great night out at the Bremerton Performing Arts Center.
In the case of the evening in question, that’s due in large part to the appearance by cello wunderkind Joshua Roman, whose performance of Tchaikovsky’s “Variations on a Rococo Theme” sounded rich and passionate, even though it looked effortless. It’ll be one of the highlights of my year to be able to say that I saw him play at all, let alone here, with our hometown heroes. If he’s not a one-of-a-kind talent, he’s as close as many of us are liable to see in our lifetimes, at least within a mighty stone’s throw of our own front porches.
But Roman’s presence was just part of the fun. The solid backing he received from guest conductor Alan Futterman and a cast of our local volunteers crowding the stage added tremendously. And when the Symphony returned apres intermission and sans Roman for a rock-solid run through Shostakovich’s wickedly, mischieviously difficult Ninth Symphony, eyebrows raised and smiles widened even farther.
I have to admit I was a little worried after the opening piece on the program, the second of J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg concerti, which is scored for and was performed by a chamber-sized, Baroque-style unit, fronted by a quartet of soloists — Concertmaster Blanche Wynne, principal flute Anna Schroeder, principal oboe Amy Duerr-Day and principal trumpet Dean Wagner.
While the solo parts were performed anywhere from bravely to brilliantly (particular kudos to Mses. Schroeder and Duerr-Day), I thought the support sounded a bit thin, particularly in the strings. By no means unlistenable, just a bit thin.
Reinforcements arrived — lots of them, the onstage numbers nearly doubling — for the Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich, which both were pretty nearly redoubtable. Both afforded plenty more opportunities for Symphony members to show their talents, solo-style, with William Ferman’s clarinet, John Sullivan’s piccolo and Brian Rolette’s bassoon all leaving particularly favorable impressions.
Futterman presided effectively and affably, even taking up the microphone a couple times to revisit portions of his pre-concert chat prior to the Shostakovich. Even with his catechism, its abrupt climax caught many concert-goers by surprise, possibly because its five movements run together into what seems more like three.
Futterman also took time to explain the brief — and, to me at least — unnecessary encore, the finale of Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake.” I do appreciate the added effort to give the audience a little something extra, but the performance came off rather like the bottom of the ninth inning of a great baseball game. Sure, it’s a great three outs, but most of what made it a great game — and gave that big finish a context — came in the preceding eight and a half innings.
But here I am, bitching about a bonus. That’s just wrong.
Still, what I’ll remember from the March 21 program, aside from the work of the almost insanely gifted Roman, is the Symphony’s performances of the Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations, and the Shostakovich, which showed thorough preparation and wonderful musicianship throughout.
Roman was a splendid visitor for us to be able to welcome, and the Symphony proved themselves completely worthy of his visit.

More later … — MM

Symphony Sub: Sibelius in for Barber

The Bremerton Symphony ‘s performance Feb. 7 will feature violinist Rachel Wong , winner of the Seattle Symphony Young Artist Invitational, playing the concerto of Jean Sibelius.

That soloist and selection are two of the changes to the original program, titled "Perpetual Motion" (as opposed to the original "Perpetual Motion vs. Pathetique"). Intact will be the "Zais" Overture by Rameau. There also will be a Tchaikovsky symphony on the 7:30 p.m. program at the Bremerton Performing Arts Center (1500 13th St.), but it will be the No. 5, in place of the originally scheduled No. 6.

The Sibelius concerto replaces the violin concerto of Samuel Barber. That piece was scrapped when the soloist, Seattle’s Ron Patterson , withdrew.

Wong is no stranger to the Sibelius — it’s the same piece she played en route to the Seattle Symphony Young Artist Invitational’s top prize in 2007.

Alan Futterman , known around Kitsap in part for serving as musical director for Peninsula Ballet Theatre’s annual "Nutcracker" production, will conduct the program.

More information is available by calling the Symphony office at (360) 373-1722, or bremertonsymphony.org.

More later … — MM