Congratulations, local Eastside Catholic High School graduates

June 3, 2015

By Brian DalBalcon Seventeen students who are residents of Issaquah will graduate as part of Eastside Catholic High School’s class of 2015.  The residents are top row, from left to right, are Samuel Brakken, Clayton Dungey, Matthew Williams, Mathew Maximo and Cameron Cronk; middle row, from left to right, are Colton Mahovlich, Kathryn Reiff, Kyra Didier, Nicole Musser and Morgan Clark; bottom row, from left to right, are Kiera Schild, Mckenna George, Hannah Johnson, Ashley Blanton and Kaitlyn Carmody. Not pictured are Nicole Costello and Cody Baker. The graduation ceremony will be at 7:30 p.m. June 8 at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. A Baccalaureate Mass will be held June 5 at Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Sammamish. This will be the 33rd graduating class for Eastside Catholic with 171 students participating in the ceremony. Ninety-eight percent of graduates will attend 72 different colleges in the fall. One hundred and forty two seniors will graduate with honors and two students, Tinuola Dada and Amali Fernando, were named National Merit Scholars.

By Brian DalBalcon
Seventeen students who are residents of Issaquah will graduate as part of Eastside Catholic High School’s class of 2015.
The residents are top row, from left to right, are Samuel Brakken, Clayton Dungey, Matthew Williams, Mathew Maximo and Cameron Cronk; middle row, from left to right, are Colton Mahovlich, Kathryn Reiff, Kyra Didier, Nicole Musser and Morgan Clark; bottom row, from left to right, are Kiera Schild, Mckenna George, Hannah Johnson, Ashley Blanton and Kaitlyn Carmody. Not pictured are Nicole Costello and Cody Baker.
The graduation ceremony will be at 7:30 p.m. June 8 at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. A Baccalaureate Mass will be held June 5 at Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Sammamish. This will be the 33rd graduating class for Eastside Catholic with 171 students participating in the ceremony. Ninety-eight percent of graduates will attend 72 different colleges in the fall. One hundred and forty two seniors will graduate with honors and two students, Tinuola Dada and Amali Fernando, were named National Merit Scholars.

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District students to perform at Benaroya Hall May 8

May 6, 2015

NEW — 4:25 p.m. May 6, 2015

Students from nine state high schools will be among the young musicians to perform in the Ten Grands Seattle concert at Benaroya Hall May 8.

All are medalists from the WIAA/WMEA State Solo & Ensemble Contest held April 24, and four of them hail from the Issaquah School District.

Skyline High School student Tommy Lin (string bass) is the only of the five that gets to participate as an on-stage performer.

Issaquah High School students Bryan Hanner (baritone), Elizabeth Moore (mezzo) and Skyline students Jennifer Jeon (violin) and Lin (string bass) will perform as ensembles in a pre-concert VIP reception. Read more

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Young Issaquah violinist to play in Pioneer Square

August 19, 2014

Issaquah teen Alena Hove will perform in a Pioneer Square pop-up concert Aug. 26.

Hove, a student at Eastside Catholic High School, will play the violin, an instrument that helped her win the 2014 KING FM Young Artist Award for the junior division of ages 6-15.

The 15-year-old performs from noon to 1 p.m. at Pioneer Square’s Occidental Park at the corner of South Main Street and Occidental Avenue South in Seattle.

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Issaquah’s Alena Hove wins the 2014 KING FM Young Artist Award for the junior division

July 19, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. July 19, 2014

When she was a young child, Alena Hove’s first music teacher always told her and the rest of her classmates one thing when it came to music: On all the days you eat meals, you need to practice.

Hove, who is heading into her sophomore year at Eastside Catholic High School this fall, took that piece of advice to heart, and it has paid off. Hove’s talent as a violinist won her the 2014 KING FM Young Artist Award for the junior division of ages 6-15.

“I do a lot of competitions,” the 15-year-old said. “So, preparing for them helps me keep improving, as well as going to different teachers to see what they think about my music.”

Courtesy KING FM Eastside Catholic High School student Alena Hove performs at KING FM studios. She won the 2014 KING FM Young Artist Award for her skill on the violin.

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Eastside Catholic High School student Alena Hove performs at KING FM studios. The Issaquah 15-year-old won the 2014 KING FM Young Artist Award for her skill on the violin.

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Issaquah musicians join performance at Ten Grands concert

April 1, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. April 1, 2014

Local students will be among the many musicians performing at the annual Ten Grands concert April 4.

Nearly three-dozen young musicians from 11 high schools will perform at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall during the evening’s showcase of talent that benefits music education.

Selected musicians will appear both onstage with the featured Ten Grands professional pianists, as well as in the Samuel & Althea Stroum Grand Lobby starting at 6 p.m., an hour before the Ten Grands concert begins.

Performing with the choir on stage is Issaquah High School soprano Ashley Young. Issaquah duet “The Half Steps” Bryan Hanner, baritone, and Elizabeth Moore, mezzo-soprano, will perform in the grand lobby.

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Sammamish Symphony announces new season

October 15, 2013

The Sammamish Symphony Orchestra recently announced its 2013-14 season lineup, offering options for single performance tickets or season packages.

Performance dates are:

  • Romeo and Juliet — 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18, Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue; 2 p.m. Eastlake Performing Arts Theater
  • Holiday Pops — 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, Meydenbauer; 2 p.m. Eastlake
  • Northern Lights — 2 p.m. Feb. 23, Eastlake; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27, Meydenbauer
  • Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor — 2 p.m. March 20, Benaroya Hall in Seattle
  • Pictures at an Exhibition — 7:30 p.m. June 6, Meydenbauer; 2 p.m. Eastlake

Single-ticket prices for performances at the Eastlake Performing Arts Theater and the Meydenbauer Center are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, and $15 for children, ages 10 and younger. All Benaroya Hall tickets are $30 per seat.

Season tickets are $90 for adults, $75 for seniors and students, and $30 for children.

Learn more by calling 206-517-7777 or emailing info@sammamishsymphony.org, or go to SammamishSymphony.org.

 

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Master Chorus Eastside’s concert celebrates American music

June 19, 2012

Master Chorus Eastside’s popular Celebrate America concert returns once again to Issaquah’s Pickering Barn in two performances to commemorate the Fourth of July.

American music of all styles, including early Americana, folk tunes, spirituals and others stand side by side with Linda Gingrich’s signature commentary to create an unforgettable Independence Celebration on June 24. Read more

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Sammamish Symphony Mardi Gras performance features guest pianist

February 21, 2012

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.

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County invites public to Martin Luther King Jr. celebration

January 10, 2012

King County leaders and employees plan to pause for the 25th year to honor slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

The public is invited to join county employees at Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle for the noon Jan. 12 celebration. (The federal holiday to honor King is observed Jan. 16.)

Speakers at the celebration will include County Executive Dow Constantine, County Council Chairman Larry Gossett and former King County Councilman Bruce Laing, a leader in the effort to rename the county for King.

The celebration includes musical performances by Abráce, a Seattle-based group meant to foster intercultural understanding through music, and the reunited MLK Employee Singers. The group of county employees has performed at previous celebrations.

The event’s theme is “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” and county employees reflected on the statement. Participants plan to share some of the reflections at the event.

The event also features the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Essay Award ceremony, a contest sponsored by the King County Civil Rights Commission.

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Leaders invite public to Martin Luther King Jr. celebration

January 5, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 5, 2012

King County leaders and employees plan to pause for the 25th year to honor slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

The public is invited to join county employees at Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle for the noon Jan. 12 celebration. (The federal holiday to honor King is observed Jan. 16.)

Speakers at the celebration include County Executive Dow Constantine, County Council Chairman Larry Gossett and former King County Councilmember Bruce Laing, a leader in the effort to rename the county for King.

The celebration includes musical performances by Abráce, a Seattle-based group meant to foster intercultural understanding through music, and the reunited MLK Employee Singers. The group of county employees has performed at previous celebrations.

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