Northwest Symphony Orchestra family concert includes instrument zoo for kids

Orchestra opens season with two special concerts.

The Northwest Symphony Orchestra will open its new season with a family concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19 at the Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center. The concert features an instrument zoo where children can try out instruments on stage.

The season will continue with another special concert, “National Parks at Benaroya” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24 at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. This concert also marks the 25th anniversary celebration of Washington’s National Park Fund.

“This concert will be a spectacular visual as well as musical display,” said Anthony Spain, music director. “As the Northwest Symphony Orchestra performs, visuals from nearly 100 local photographers will be projected on to a large screen at the hall.”

The concert will also feature the west coast premiere of visuals by Adrian Wyard accompanying Dvorak’s New World Symphony. Past performances of Wyard’s work with the NWSO have sold-out and Spain expects these visuals from National Parks to be just as popular.

In addition, students from the Federal Way and Highline school districts will perform Samuel Ward’s “America the Beautiful.”

The PAEC is located at 31510 Pete von Reichbauer Way South, Federal Way. For ticket information, visit