Sammamish Symphony highlights Tchaikovsky at June concerts

June 3, 2015

The Sammamish Symphony Orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 4 in F Minor” in Sammamish and Bellevue.

The performances, featuring youth concerto competition winner Mira Yamamoto, will be at Meydenbauer Theatre at 7:30 p.m. June 4, and at the Eastlake High School Performing Arts Center at 2 p.m. June 7.

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Symphony seeks excellent youth musicians

November 11, 2014

The Sammamish Symphony Orchestra presents its 2015 Youth Concerto Competition to recognize outstanding young musicians.

Awards will be presented to the top three applicants — $600 and a performance as featured soloist with the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra for first place, $300 for second place and $100 for third place.

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Sammamish Symphony concerts feature renowned pianist

October 14, 2014

Mark Salman, a world-renowned pianist, will perform with the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra at two upcoming concerts.

“Wild, Wild West” is 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, and 2 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Eastlake High School Performing Arts Center.

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Sammamish Symphony to play Concerts in the Park on Aug. 21

August 19, 2014

The 14th annual outdoor concert series at Pine Lake Park continues Aug. 21 with the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts in the park are from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 28.

There is plenty of lawn space, so you can bring your own picnic basket. The Rotary Club of Sammamish will sell barbecue dinners and the Kiwanis Club of Sammamish will sell ice cream. No alcohol is allowed in the park.

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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, or go to


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Who’s News

February 12, 2013

Students win chance to play with orchestra

During the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra’s annual Youth Concerto Competition Jan. 26, the following local students were the top three finishers, earning a guest solo with the orchestra June 9:

  • First place — Olivia Marckx, of Bellevue, cello
  • Second place — Amelia Sie, of Bellevue, violin
  • Third place — Karissa Zadinsky, of Issaquah, cello

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Sammamish Symphony joins choir to create sounds of season

December 4, 2012

One of Sammamish’s holiday traditions, the Holiday Pops concert by the Sammamish Symphony, will have a new twist this year.

John Patrick Lowrie, known for work at the Village Theatre and voice-acting in a host of popular video games, will read “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” to the accompaniment of the symphony.

“We try to make it interesting,” said R. Joseph Scott, conductor of the symphony.

The show will feature a host of popular holiday songs, Scott said, including Christmas and Hanukkah songs.

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Issaquah holiday activities offer fa-la-la fun

November 27, 2012

Bartell Drugs and Salvation Army’s Toy ‘n’ Joy drive through Dec. 14, accepts new, unwrapped gifts for children up to age 14, or shoppers can chose a gift request tag item in the store and put it in the donation barrel in the store. The Issaquah Bartell is at 5700 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E. Learn more at

Toys for Troops seeks donations for Christmas presents for children of service members. Drop off donations through Dec. 15 at the Issaquah Police Station, 130 E. Sunset Way, or make financial donations at

Small Works Holiday Exhibition, through Dec. 29, artEAST Art Center, 95 Front St. N., 392-3191,

Downtown Issaquah holiday lights work party, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 1, meet at Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St., a lunch break at noon features donated pizza from Flying Pie Pizza, call 391-1112 to volunteer

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Swedish/Issaquah hosts community arts celebration

October 30, 2012

Swedish/Issaquah is showcasing the Seattle Art Museum — and local artists — at a Nov. 1 community celebration in the medical center’s majestic lobby.

The event is meant to highlight Elles at the Seattle Art Museum. Elles showcases exhibitions and programs featuring women artists.

In addition to the Elles connection, attendees can embark on docent-led and self-guided tours highlighting Northwest women’s artwork on display throughout Swedish/Issaquah.

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Hoegh-Christensens mark 70th anniversary

September 18, 2012

Ruth and Preben Hoegh-Christensen in 1942

Preben and Ruth Hoegh-Christensen celebrated their 70th anniversary Aug. 2.

Preben and Ruth met in World War II during the German occupation of Denmark. The couple married in a downtown Copenhagen church in 1942.

After the German invasion and threat of a Russian occupation, they departed for the west and landed in Seattle.

The world-traveling duo moved their home base over the years from Ballard to Mercer Island, where they helped found the Bellevue Philharmonic Symphony and volunteered for more than 30 years, to their last stop in Sammamish. They still volunteer for the Sammamish Symphony, which they also helped establish, and at Overlake Hospital, in Bellevue.

The childless couple said years ago they decided to make the community their family.

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