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Symphony ready for new season

Music from Hollywood movies and the Broadway stage will be featured next weekend in Federal Way Symphony’s opening concert of the 2003-04 season.

Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Oct. 4 and 2 p.m. Oct. 5, both at St. Luke’s Church.

The symphony’s season will continue with “A Holiday Party” Dec. 6-7 (including Johann Strauss’ “Die Fiedermaus,” Tchaikovsky’s “Waltz of the Flowers” of “Nutcracker” fame, and Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf”).

Concerts after the first of the new year will include:

• “A February Winterlude” Feb. 7-8 (classics to lift winter spirits).

• “A Spring Journey to Italy” April 3-4 (Mendelsohn’s “Italian Symphony,” among other selections).

• “An Evening of Chamber Music” May 2.

• And “The Symphony Swings” June 5-6 (swing tunes from the screen and stage).

All concerts will be at St. Luke’s, now in its third year as the symphony’s venue. The church, which has state-of-the-art lighting and sound, is at 515 S. 312th Street.

Ticket information is available at 529-9857, and

Conductor-music director Brian Davenport, who has spent more than 18 years building the symphony, continues to lead the 70-member professional group.

The symphony, founded in Burien in 1960 as the Highline Symphony, has been a staple of Federal Way’s music scene since moving here in 1985.

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