October 2, 2000
The Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra goes Scottish
DUVALL - When the Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra opens Duvall's Arts Onstage 2000-2001 season on Oct. 14, the audience can expect some surprises.
Sharing the program with Mozart and Dvorak is Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise, a picture postcard record of an actual wedding in the Orkney Islands off the north coast of Scotland.
Described as "sheer entertainment," An Orkney Wedding paints a musical portrait of a wedding party arriving at the hall out of violent weather, the bride and groom receiving their guests, the wedding toast and the band tuning up for some American-style swing dancing.
Things grow wilder as the party progresses until the lead fiddle can hardly hold the band together anymore.
As the guests leave the hall with the echoes of processional music in their ears, the sun, personified by the full splendor of a highland bagpipe, rises over Caithness.
Originally commissioned by the Boston Pops orchestra for its centenary, the rip-roaring vigor of this work is irresistible.
Arts Onstage is a program of the Duvall Arts Commission and the Duvall Foundation for the Arts. With support from the King County Arts Commission, Arts Onstage presents a season of varied performances, ranging from children's theater to symphony, dance and voice.
For complete information on the 2000-2001 season and how to order tickets, visit www.cityofduvall.com. Individual tickets to the Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra's performance are available at Pumps and Grinds, Gardens & SunSpaces and Duvall Books.
All performances are held at Cedarcrest Performing Arts Center, 29000 NE 150th St., Duvall.