Northwest NEWS

October 4, 1999

Valley Special

An evening of classical music

   Arts Onstage, the performing arts series presented by the Duvall Arts Commission and the Duvall Foundation for the Arts, opens its first full season with a concert by the internationally-acclaimed Seattle Symphony.

   On Friday, Oct. 8, at 8 p.m., the Cedarcrest Performing Arts Center will swell with the sounds of music as Adam Stern, associate conductor, directs a varied program of classical music by some of the world's most well-known composers.

   The evening begins with selections from Henry Purcell's The Fairy Queen, a dramatic musical story by one of England's greatest baroque composers. The Fairy Queen is a "semi-opera" filled with high-spirited, festive music rising to a ceremonial conclusion.

   Soloist Jesse Lewis follows with a Sonata by Giuseppe Torelli, whose works for trumpet were designed as chamber music with one musician to a part. Antonin Dvorak, Czechoslovakia's most celebrated composer, is represented by selections from his lovely Serenade for Strings.

   The popular Pizzicato Polka, by brothers Josef and Johann Strauss, demonstrates the technique of plucking, rather than the usual bowing, of the strings. St. Paul's Suite, Gustav Holst's musical valentine to his students at St. Paul's School for Girls, concludes the evening with folk-inspired dances.

   This special presentation of the Seattle Symphony is made possible through the generous support of the King County Arts Commission. The Arts Onstage program is designed to provide affordable performing arts experiences for audiences of all ages.

   The Arts Onstage season continues in November with Storybook Theatre's whimsical production of Cinderella, especially suitable for young audiences ages 3 to 9 and their families.

   Individual tickets are on sale at Gardens & SunSpaces, Pumps & Grinds, and Main Street Music in Duvall. The box office at Cedarcrest will open one hour prior to each performance for individual ticket sales. Call 425-844-8516.