Sammamish Symphony Mardi Gras performance features guest pianist

February 21, 2012

By Tom Corrigan

Kimberly Russ

For R. Joseph Scott, Mardi Gras means lively, sprightly music.

And that is exactly what Scott has planned for a Mardi Gras concert of the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra slated for Feb. 26 at the Eastlake Performing Arts Center.

The concert will feature guest pianist Kimberly Russ, of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.

Russ will perform Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 15.”

“The third movement is very lively and dance-like,” Scott said, meaning that to him, the music is perfectly in keeping with the Mardi Gras theme.

Scott said that Russ has performed with the Sammamish Symphony previously and is very popular as a soloist.

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Sammamish Symphony Mardi Gras

“She really enjoys working with us,” said Miranda Thorpe, president of the board for the Sammamish Symphony. “She’s excellent as a soloist.”

The Sammamish Symphony tries to have a guest soloist for every performance, though it’s not always an individual, Thorpe added. For example, a Christmas pops show featured a children’s choir. The orchestra puts on five shows a year, plus the Christmas event, Scott said.

Following the Mardi Gras show, the Sammamish Symphony will be back by invitation at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. It will be the musical accompaniment for three choirs, Scott said, as well as performing on its own. This will be the fourth consecutive year for the symphony to appear at Benaroya, according to Thorpe, who said the upcoming evening should be impressive with roughly 300 voices and 85 musicians.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Sammamish Symphony and Scott said each of its concerts this year is meant to be a celebration of that fact. With that in mind, he said he has been selecting upbeat, celebratory music for the orchestra’s shows.

Besides the Benaroya show, Thorpe talked about an upcoming event featuring a youth soloist from a local school. That person will be the winner of a Concerto Competition that attracted some 40 applicants.

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