Photo courtesy of Sally Jo Martine | Guest violinist Emily Acri will perform with the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra as part of their season finale Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9.

Photo courtesy of Sally Jo Martine | Guest violinist Emily Acri will perform with the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra as part of their season finale Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9.

Island symphony to stage ‘Music for All’ at BPA

From Leonard Bernstein to John Williams, Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra’s invigorating season finale encompasses music from an array of artistic disciplines.

Join BSO conductor Mario Alejandro Torres and guest violinist Emily Acri as the group celebrates the significance and vitality of music in our daily lives Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9.

This riveting program features James Newton Howard’s “Red Sparrow Overture”; Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story Selections” (arranged by Jack Mason); Carlos Gardel and Alfredo Le Pera’s “Tango – Por Una Cabeza” (arranged by John Williams); Paul Hart’s “Cartoon”; Arturo Márquez’s “Danzón No. 2”; Ralph Ford’s arrangement of “Video Games Live Suite” with Halo by Martin O’Donnell and Michael Salvatori; “Civilization IV” by Jeff Briggs; “Bounty Hunter” by Jeremy Soule; and “Kingdom Hearts” by Yoko Shimomura and Kaoru Wada.

Born and raised in Chicago’s Northshore, 25-year-old guest violinist Acri received pre-collegiate training from Stacia Spencer at Northwestern University, where she was also a member of the Northwestern Strings violin ensemble, performing regularly at local venues and touring Europe during two summers.

Her duel love for both performance and teaching have led her to play alongside her teacher at the Center Stage Strings summer program in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and to perform as concertmaster for a University of Michigan conducting seminar under the instruction of Sir Simon Rattle.

Presently, she resides in Seattle and is pursuing a doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Washington. Her professor is Ronald Patterson, a seasoned pedagogue, violinist, and former student of Jascha Heifetz, Erdice Shapiro, and Manuel Compinsky.

Acri regularly performs solo and ensemble works spanning from the Baroque era to music of today. In addition to performing, she enjoys teaching privately and especially enjoys her present role as orchestral and chamber music coach to students at the UW.

Acri attributes her musical inspiration to her late grandfather Robert Acri, a legendary Chicago pianist.

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra will present “Symphony Spectacular: Music for All” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 8 and 3 p.m. Sunday, June 9.

A pre-concert chat will be offered at 2:15 p.m. Sunday, June 9.

Tickets, $21 for adults, and $18 for seniors, students, military, and teachers, may be purchased online at, by phone at 206-842-8569 or in person at BPA (200 Madison Ave. North). Each youth receives free admission when accompanied by a paying adult, thanks to the BSO’s “Youth in Music Initiative” funded by Wicklund Dental.

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