Federal Way Symphony ready for new season of music
By MAUREEN HATHAWAY
Federal Way Mirror contributor
September 14, 2012 · Updated 12:47 PM
The Federal Way Symphony’s theme for the 2012-2013 season is “Music Matters in Federal Way.”
Maestro A. Brian Davenport has set the bar as high as the Himalayas with a showcase of music worthy of induction into the Symphony Hall of Fame, if there was one!
The Symphony works with passion and commitment. A wonderful legacy has been established by previous leaders who have worked so hard to provide a rich tapestry of music for audiences.
The Federal Way Symphony has had dazzling performances for many years, and will continue to be a beacon of light in the future as the Symphony interlaces its way into what is yet to come.
Teri Hickel, executive director of the Federal Way Chamber of Commerce Advancing Leadership Program, is pleased to see Jamie Sing, the new Symphony president and an Advancing Leadership graduate, invest his time with the Symphony to continue a new era with the same dignity and creativeness of those who preceded him.
This season will be as sparkly as the sequins on the recent Summer Olympians’ gymnastic leotards.
The first concert on Sunday, Oct. 7, features Brahms Symphony No. 4 with outstanding pianist Christina Siemens.
Brahms was seen as filling a complex role as a bridge between past and present, melding the classic architecture of the past with the soaring sound of his own era.
The Symphony will continue the return of last year’s popular Handel’s “Messiah” in November, and their perennial concert favorite of the “Nutcracker Suite” over the holidays, titled “A Christmas Party.”
The 2012-2013 season will highlight a new special program called “Mostly Modern,” which features a guitar concerto, “Rodrigo” by Leon Christian, and composers Ibert and Villa Lobos, whose music is based on South American folk tunes and rhythms. This will have a special appeal for younger people, as well as new concertgoers of all ages.
“Chamber Music with a Flair” featuring flutist Mary Jensen will be accompanied by the Federal Way Symphony String Quartet.
“Decade of Swing” with the Symphony’s Youth Summer Camp instructors — percussionist Todd Zimberg and guitarist Lonnie Mardis — will lead into the season’s finale of Mahler’s “Resurrection” on Sunday, April 7.
The “Resurrection” represents Mahler’s vision of human aspiration and idealism. In the final movement, this piece comes to a crescendo with the full orchestra and the Federal Way Choral Society.
Maestro A. Brian Davenport weaves many tales into this 2012-2013 season that will likely stir audiences as the Symphony continues to be an undeniable musical force both locally and regionally.
Let’s tip our hats to Maestro Davenport and our Symphony musicians for providing us with such a magical repertoire.
To learn more about the Federal Way Symphony’s season and shows, visit www.federalwaysymphony.org or call (253) 529-9857.