Northwest NEWS

October 18, 1999


Philharmonic presents ghosts, goblins, great music for families

   The Bellevue Philharmonic has created a new concert series especially for children and their families. The Family Fun series features three concerts, the first occuring in October.

   "Halloween Spooktacular" promises thrills and chills on Saturday, October 30, at 2 p.m. at Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue. Children are encouraged to come in costume (there will be a costume contest) and in keeping with the theme, the orchestra and conductor will be in costume, too. A "witch's brew" of spooky music classics and imaginative video effects add surprise.

   December holiday music is featured at the "Holly Days" Concert, the second Family Fun concert, on Thursday, December 9, at 7:30 p.m. Candy canes, elves, and mistletoe are part of the festive concert celebration at Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue.

   The final family concert in the series introduces a steel-pan virtuoso from Trinidad. Liam Teague, often described as the "Heifetz of the steel pan," plays in a blazing performance on Friday, March 17, 2000, in Bellevue's Westminster Chapel. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Besides Teague's performance, the orchestra will be playing short, lighthearted works intended for the entire family.

   In addition to the three concerts of the Family Fun concert series, the Bellevue Philharmonic presents "Family Night at the Phil." On each Friday evening performance of its Ring of Fire subscription concert series, children 12 and under are admitted free with an adult purchasing a concert ticket. Orchestra musicians present pre-concert talk, and conductor Fusao Kajima shares informal comments from the podium to provide a more relaxed family atmosphere for the concert.

   For more information, call the orchestra at 425-455-4171. Tickets may be purchased online at