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BSO series presents ‘Ser·e·nade’ at BPA

Soprano Rachel DeShon will sing at BSO’s upcoming “Ser·e·nade: A Piece of Music Sung or Played in The Open Air.”  - Michael Doucett photo
Soprano Rachel DeShon will sing at BSO’s upcoming “Ser·e·nade: A Piece of Music Sung or Played in The Open Air.”
— image credit: Michael Doucett photo

The Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music Series presents “Ser·e·nade: A piece of music sung or played in the open air” at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 6 at Bainbridge Performing Arts.

Join Maestro Schulz and Friends for an afternoon of beautiful serenades. A chamber orchestra comprising musicians from the BSO will perform Edward Elgar’s “Serenade for Strings” and Richard Wagner’s “Siegfried Idyll.”

At the end of his life Elgar proclaimed that — of all his music — his “Serenade” was his favorite. Lithe and gracious, this charming work for strings has become a staple of the string repertory.

“Siegfried Idyll” was composed as a birthday gift for Wagner’s wife, Cosima. As she awoke, Wagner handed her the score to her “symphonic birthday greeting” and an orchestra that had been assembled on the staircase of their home began to play. This is one of the most intimate and private works by a very public and self-assured man.

Other artists appearing on the program include Rachel DeShon, soprano, Amber Rose Johnson, mezzo-soprano, Alysa Trebor, flute, Dwight Beckmeyer and Tom Lee, piano, and students from the Seattle Conservatory of Music.

Tickets for “Ser·e·nade: A piece of music sung or played in the open air” are $16 for adults, and $12 for seniors, students, youth, military and teachers, and may be purchased online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206-842-8569, or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Ave. North. BPA box office hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance.

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