Symphony will perform at annual free POPs concert

August 6, 2013

By Erin Hoffman

On Aug. 23, join the Sammamish Symphony conducted by R. Joseph Scott at Village Theatre for the annual POPs! Goes Issaquah concert.

This year, the theme for the concert is “Tall Ships and High Seas,” and the performance will include selections from the musical “Pirates of Penzance,” the movie “Titanic,” and the first “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie.

The concert will feature Olivia Marckx, an accomplished 14-year-old cellist from Bellevue, who will perform David Popper’s “Hungarian Rhapsody” with the symphony. Marckx has been studying the cello for nine years under the tutelage of her mother, local teacher Leslie Marckx, as well as Raymond Davis and Chuck Jacot. She is currently the assistant principal of the cello section in the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Seattle Chamber Music Society, the Seattle Festival Orchestra and the Cascade Symphony.

Most recently, she was the winner of the Sammamish Symphony’s concerto competition, and Scott said he enjoyed working with her so much that he invited her back.

“She’s very open to suggestions,” he said. “She’s a very charming young lady.”

Issaquah-based project management and development firm Rowley Properties has been sponsoring the concert for the past 18 years. Thanks to their sponsorship, all tickets are free. According to Charmaine Steinvall, who helped coordinate the concert with the symphony, the company decided to sponsor it as a way to give back and say “thank you” to the community.

Lisa Riley, marketing coordinator for Rowley Properties, said the company wanted to make sure anyone who wanted to attend the concert could have the opportunity without worrying whether they could afford it.

“It’s been received with open arms,” Riley said.

Riley went on to say that those who attend have been “appreciative” of the opportunity to experience a concert of such caliber at no cost.

Tickets can be picked up at Rowley Properties, 1595 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite 1, beginning at 8 a.m. Aug. 9. About 440 tickets will be available and are provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

“We have a waiting list every year,” Steinvall said. “It’s really popular.”

According to Steinvall, the concert’s popularity is partially due to the musical selection, which will be enjoyable for die-hard classical music fans and pop music fans alike.

“The ‘pops’ format is relatable to the general public,” she said.

Another major draw of the concert is youth performers like Marckx. Every year, the Sammamish Symphony invites a young musician in the area to solo with them, to highlight local talent. Previous soloists have included Natalie Dungey on trumpet, singer Gregory Carroll and Evan Hjorst on violin.

“It’s a wonderful experience,” Riley said.



If you go

POPs! Goes Issaquah concert

  • 7:30 Aug. 23
  • Village Theatre
  • 303 Front St. N.,
  • Issaquah
  • 392-2202


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One Response to “Symphony will perform at annual free POPs concert”

  1. Judi schrager on August 20th, 2013 6:01 pm

    Many thanks to Rowley for their generosity in sponsoring the annual Symphony performances. They are wonderfully entertaining and a lovely gift to our community.

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