PORT ANGELES SYMPHONY
& CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
About the Symphony & Orchestra
Hometown: Port Angeles
Port Angeles Chamber Orchestra
W/ guest artist Marley Erickson
Friday, May 12, 2017 - 7:00 PM
@ Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Port Angeles
Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 7:00 PM
@ Sequim Worship Center
Bio: A few fiddlers and horn players got together in 1932 — at the nadir of the Depression — and met in one another’s Port Angeles homes to make music.
Today, the descendants of that group number about 80 musicians, performers who work with conductor and music director Jonathan Pasternack to present five Port Angeles Symphony concerts, six Port Angeles Chamber Orchestra concerts, two Pops & Picnic events and a variety of special programs through the year.
The Port Angeles Symphony is a community orchestra, made up of volunteers and a small staff who keep the registered nonprofit organization alive and well. Pasternack also invites guest soloists to perform with the orchestra: Spanish pianist Josu De Solaun in April and cellist Traci Winters this May, for a couple of examples.
The maestro himself, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., was just 16 when he won a scholarship to the Manhattan School of Music. He went on to make his conducting debut at age 18 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he also studied astronomy, political science and philosophy.
Pasternack then earned graduate degrees in music from the University of Washington, and has since traveled across the United States and Europe, conducting orchestras for concerts, operas and ballets. Pasternack attended the 2003 Aspen Music Festival and School as a featured Academy Conductor, where he was the recipient of fellowships in both conducting and trombone. In 2002, he won second prize at the Sixth Cadaqués International Conducting Competition in Barcelona, Spain, where he was the only American invited to compete.
The Symphony musicians with whom Pasternack works range from teenagers who have joined in the past year up to elders who have played with the orchestra for a couple of decades.
Among these are French horn player Stephanie Mitchell, timpanist Ed Grier, cellist Gay Knutson, violist Phil Morgan-Ellis and violinists Linda Schreiner and Kate Southard-Dean. The newer members include violinists Hana Kildall and Jasmine Gauthun and violist Lauren Waldron.
At the Symphony concerts at the Port Angeles High School Performing Arts Center and the chamber concerts in both Sequim and Port Angeles, admission is free to youngsters age 16 and under who are accompanied by an adult.
The mission of the Port Angeles Symphony, as it moves into its 84th season, is the same as it ever was:
To provide performers and the public of the North Olympic Peninsula an opportunity to enjoy, participate in, and grow through the enriching experience of quality live music.
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