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Celebrations open symphony's season

The Mirror

The Federal Way Symphony will open its 2005-06 season this weekend with its Fall Celebration concert and an anniversary.

In addition to performances Saturday and Sunday, the symphonywill mark A. Brian Davenport’s 25th year as conductor.

The concert will include three artists –– pianist Diane Chilgren, cellist Rajan Krishnaswani and violinist Yuriy Mikhlin –– playing Beethoven’s “Triple Concerto.” Other features will include Mozart’s “Overture to Giovanni” and Haydn’s “Symphony no. 103 in E-flat.”

Mikhlin is the symphony’s principal violinist and is also a member of Northwest Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Chamber Orchestra and Seattle Violin Virtuosi. Before moving to Seattle in 1991, he was assistant principal and soloist of the Kiev Chamber Orchestra.

Chilgren is a soloist with the Pacific Northwest Ballet and a former piano soloist with the New York City Ballet, and has played appearing with major orchestras in London, Madrid, Geneva, Monte Carlo, and Zurich.

Krishnaswami’s recent recitals include appearances in Santa Fe, N.M., Changsha, China, New York City, Boston, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and St. Louis. He is founder and artistic director of Simple Measures, a chamber music series this season in the Puget Sound area.

The rest of the Davenport-led symphony series includes:

• In December, traditional holiday music in counterpoint to a Brazilian marimba soloist.

• In February, Wagner, Beethoven and the winner of the Young Musician Competition.

• In March, swing music.

• In April, a clarinet soloist and chamber music.

• In May, Aaron Copeland’s “Rodeo” and a Spanish pianist playing Ravel’s “Piano Concerto.”

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