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Federal Way Symphony delivers world class music | Season preview

Maestro A. Brian Davenport leads the upcoming Federal Way Symphony season. For tickets, visit - Courtesy photo
Maestro A. Brian Davenport leads the upcoming Federal Way Symphony season. For tickets, visit
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The Federal Way Symphony does not have roses that look tired! This 2011-12 season has a variety of verbal bouquets that you will want to tell your friends about. You will not be disappointed because there is so much to explore with twists and turns that are so skillfully prepared by Executive Director Mary Gates and Maestro A. Brian Davenport.

Gates and Davenport are examples of restless, eager and energetic leaders who have a musical passion for the Federal Way Symphony. There is a focus for artistic talent and a belief that people shouldn’t be intimidated by classical music. Over the years, they have built a lineup that appeals to what the community wants to hear. Between the two of them, they have developed programming that belongs to all ages from their palette of experience.

Season highlights

The Federal Way Symphony 2011-2012 season brings into our city world class soloists such as Geisa Dutra, who is the guest pianist at the Oct. 2 concert of Rhapsody on a Theme Of Paganini by Sergei Rachmaninoff. Trumpeter Vern Sielert will perform at the Feb. 5 Swing Band concert.

The overall concept is that the Symphony is trying to create a robust cultural life in Federal Way. With this in mind, the Symphony is presenting Handel’s Messiah on Nov. 20, along with the Symphony Chorale Society, a group of singers that falls within the symphony umbrella that was formed two years ago. This group is an addition that adds authentic chorale pieces to the Symphony programs. The Messiah is a masterpiece presentation showing of Handel’s charming and picturesque opera. Handel’s genius resides in his ability to create riveting and moving human beings through his music — and with the Symphony Chorale Society’s vocal soloists, we can count on that.

Federal Way is full of people with a range of tastes and interests. The Federal Way Symphony tries to accommodate young people’s lives with free admission for the 18-and-under crowd, and is launching two additional Saturday performances (Feb. 4 and April 14) by featuring “Let Your Music Shine” with Liza Grace and Linda Sebenius who compose, produce and perform Tots Concerts for pre-K through age 8.

Besides having catchy musical tunes and costumes, these programs introduce young audiences to cool musical instruments that will have everyone laughing and singing along. This educational tool is in addition to the Symphony’s highly successful Summer Music Camp for vocalists and instrumentalists in grades 5-12.

With the popular holiday concert on Dec. 4, and the chamber music on March 4, this season is a true delight of roses and a must-have opportunity for children and adults alike. The programming is not only educational, but will keep the audiences uplifted and entertained in the remarkable world of classical music.

Concerts are at Federal Way’s St. Luke’s Church, 515 S. 312th St. To learn more, contact (253) 529-9857 or visit



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