Category Archives: Classical Music

Flutist front and center for Bremerton Symphony concert

Principal flutist Deliana Broussard will step to the front of the stage for the Bremerton Symphony Orchestra‘s March 13 concert to play Mozart’s D Major flute concerto.

The “Inextinguishable” concert is named for Nielsen’s Symphony No. 4, which is also featured in the pBroussardrogram, along with Saint-Saens’ “March Militaire.”

The Mozart concerto is a change from the program originally scheduled by the symphony. It replaces a Paganini violin concerto. Music director  pointed out that the change is an opportunity to put Broussard into a featured role.

The concert is at 7:30 p.m. at the Bremerton Performing Arts Center, 1500 13th St., with a pre-concert chat at 6:30 p.m. led by Futterman. Ticket prices range from $26-$8.

Information: 360-373-1722,

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Sledd plays Dvorak for Bremerton Symphony opener

The Bremerton Symphony Orchestra has announced its six-concert 2015-16 season, which begins on Oct. 10 with an all-Dvorak program featuring the return of former North Kitsap resident Claire Sledd for Dvorak’s violin concerto.

That concert, one of four at the Bremerton Performing Arts Center, also will feature Bremerton Symphony Chorale director and mezzo-soprano LeeAnne Campos in a performance of “Four Biblical Songs.” Dvorak’s Symphony No. 6 seals the deal on music director and conductor Alan Futterman‘s season opener.

“Organ Principals, Swell to Great” finds the Symphony visiting Our Lady Star of the Sea Church in Bremerton on Nov. 14 and 15 for a program including works by Debussy, Vivaldi, Barlow, Reinecke and Saint-Saens. The first four pieces will feature members of the Symphony’s woodwind section — respectively, clarinetist William Ferman, bassoonist Adam Williams, oboist Amy Duerr-Day and flutist Deliana Broussard. Organist Peggy Maurer will be featured in a performance of Saint-Saens’ Organ Symphony.

The Symphony and Concert Chorale have their annual holiday get-together on Dec. 13, a 2 p.m. matinee, featuring J.S. Bach and C.P.E. Bach’s “Magnificat” and Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony, among other Christmastime goodies.

Saint Saens is back for the March 12 concert with his “March militaire. That concert also features Nielsen’s Symphony No. 4 and the violin concerto of Paganini, with guest Erich Woo up front.

The focus is on light opera for the April 15 and 16 concerts at Gateway Fellowship in Poulsbo (Friday evening) and the Sylvan Way Baptist Church (Saturday evening). The Symphony and Chorale will perform a concert version of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “H.M.S. Pinafore.”

The season concludes on May 22 with a 4 p.m. concert featuring performances by the BSO Young Artists Competition winners, and the Symphony and Chorale combining for Prokofiev’s “Alexander Nevsky and Disciples.”

Other events include the annual “Brunch With Bach” fund-raising brunch and performance on Jan. 23; a Feb. 9 family concert at the Admiral Theatre, with the Symphony playing and the Peninsula Dance Theatre dancing Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” and a preview performance of the Paganini violin concerto with Erich Woo; the Symphony League Gala on Oct. 25, with Campos performing Telemann’s “Canary” cantata; Bremerton Youth Symphony concerts on Nov. 22, March 13 and May 15; and a trio of chamber performances in different Kitsap venues on Oct. 24 (Campos and Telemann) and Jan. 15 and 17 (Gounod’s “Petite Symphonie”).

Information is available at 360-373-1722, or by following this link:

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Olympic Music Festival is a third-generation thing

The Olympic Music Festival, which enters its 32nd season with a pair of concerts on June 27 and 28, will bcome a third-generation affair this summer.

Cellist Alexander Hersh is one of four Iglitzin Fellows who will perform alongside festival and fellowship founder Alan Iglitzin, OMF artistic director Julio Elizalde and other veteran professional players in the 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday concerts.

Hersh’s father, violinist Stefan Hersh, and his uncle, Julian Hersh, both have built long and successful musical careers, and both have performed in multiple OMF seasons. His grandfather, violist and 0626_KSFE_AHershpianist Paul Hersh, has been a fixture at the festival almost since its inception back in the mid-1980s, while maintaining his own successful teaching and performing careers.

Ironically, Alexander is the only Hersh on the roster of performers for the 13 weekends of 2015 festival performances. He actually is a fourth-generation musician — great grandfather Ralph Hersh was violist for the Stuyvesant Quartet and principal violist for both the Dallas and Atlanta symphony orchestras. His mother, Roberta Freier, also is a professional violinist.

The festival kicks off with a program honoring Iglitzin, consisting of a pair of Brahms string sextets and featuring longtime collaborators Charles Wetherbee, violin, and Korine Fujiwara, viola.

More details on this year’s festival are available here: Also, watch for Kitsap A&E‘s upcoming festival preview online and in the June 26 issue of the Kitsap Sun.

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Bremerton Youth Symphony ensembles play at Collective Visions

Here’s one that came in too late to get into this week’s exciting edition of Kitsap A&E, but we can still inform you about courtesy of this here blog thingie:

Three ensembles from the Bremerton Youth Symphony Orchestra — the elite strings, elite brass and elite woodwinds — will perform in the main (upstairs) gallery of Collective Visions Art Gallery at 2:30 p.m. on May 17. The concert will be free, but space is limited.

The Collective Visions concert is a warm-up, of sorts, for the BYSO’s final full concert of the year, beginning at 4 p.m. at the Admiral Theatre. Lydia Buck, who’ll front the full orchestra for Bruch’s first violin concerto, will be finishing a full day’s work, as she’s also performing with the elite strings at Collective Visions.

The gallery is at 331 Pacific Avenue in Bremerton; the Admiral is just down the street at 515 Pacific Avenue.

Information: 360-373-1722,

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Music students win opportunities to play with Bremerton Symphony

Fifteen-year-old violinist Kelly Lanzafame earned the chance to front the Bremerton Symphony Orchestra during its season finale concert on May 12 at the Bremerton Performing Arts Center.

Lanzafame, a student of Katherine Davies, won the BSO’s annual Concerto Competition, winning a spot on stage to play the first movement of Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto with symphonic backing, under the baton of music director Alan Futterman.

According to a dispatch from Futterman, five piano students of Dr. Irene Bowling all earned honorable mention in the competition, and two of them — Mencius Leonard, 16, and Lucinda King, 10 — receiving Conductor’s Choice notice, which includes the opportunity to play with the symphony in its Feb. 5 OrKidstra concerts for student audiences. Honorable mention also was accorded to Ariel Mesenbring, 15, Alessandra Fleck, 15, Victoria Fleck, 12, and Mya King, 12.

The Concerto Competition is open to students in grades 6 to 12 from the studios of teachers around Kitsap County.

More information is available at 360.373-1722 or

Olympic Music Festival announces 10-week schedule for 29th season

I just checked the Olympic Music Festival site and found the 2012 program is up, featuring 10 weeks of “Concerts in the Barn” beginning June 20 and running through Sept. 2 on the bucolic festival grounds near Quilcene.

The festival’s 29th season will feature many favorites, including founder and artistic director Alan Iglitzin (viola), Paul Hersh (piano) and Julio Elizalde (piano). Iglitzin will play in five of the 10 weekend programs, the first a Wolfe-Beethoven-Brahms program July 21 and 22 featuring festival favorites the Carpe Diem Quartet, which features OMF veterans Charles Wetherbee (violin) and Korine Fujiwara (viola), as well as new members John Ewing (violin) and Kristin Ostling (cello).

The season winds up Sept. 1 and 2 with the twin pianos of Elizalde and Michael Brown playing music by Brahms, Stravinsky, Bernstein (a suite from “West Side Story,” no less) and Ravel.

As always, concert-goers can enjoy the music from the barn, seated on church pews or hay bales, or outdoors on the berm, and spend time prior to and following the concerts picnicking and strolling around the 55-acre grounds, a former dairy farm. Concerts are on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, beginning at 2 p.m.