Sammamish Symphony starts new season

October 12, 2010

Before the start of every rehearsal and performance, oboist Dennis Calvin and Sammamish violinist Dennis Helppie play the A note to help the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra musicians tune their instruments.

Helppie and about 75 other musicians have rehearsed together since early September to prepare for the first of six performances for the 2010-11 season, a show titled “Famous Overtures.” Read more

Rowley’s 15th annual POPs! Goes Issaquah free concert is Aug. 27

August 24, 2010

If music brings people together, then free music must draw crowds. For the past 15 years, the Issaquah property management and development firm Rowley Properties has sponsored POPs! Goes Issaquah.

This year’s concert features the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra and conductor Joseph Scott. Trumpet player Natalie Dungey, 11, and young tenor singer Gregory Carroll are expected to perform.

Scott has participated in the free concert for the past 14 years. He said Skip Rowley contacted him to do a free concert for the community. What was supposed to be a one-time event has turned into an annual tradition. Read more

Pick up POPs! tickets soon

July 27, 2010

Catch a free pops concert in downtown Issaquah courtesy of Rowley Properties.

The developer and property management company presents the annual POPs! Goes Issaquah concert at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 27 at Village Theatre, 303 Front St. N. The free event features the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra and conductor R. Joseph Scott.

Pick up tickets at Rowley Properties, 1595 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite 1, starting July 30. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservations will be accepted. Pick up tickets between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

For the 15th anniversary of the event, POPs! Goes Issaquah will have two guest performers: 11-year-old trumpet star Natalie Dungey and tenor Gregory Carroll.

City grants support arts programs

April 13, 2010

City dollars will be used to present art classes to teenagers, outdoor concerts and Village Theatre productions.

City Council members last week awarded $128,825 in municipal arts grants — less money to fewer organizations than the city presented last year. The council approved the grants April 5.

The city generates money for the grants though a 5 percent admissions tax on movie theaters and special events. Additional dollars for the program come through a program to steer one-half of 1 percent of the construction budget for city projects to the arts. The ticket tax raised $151,429 last year.

Village Theatre received the largest amount — $47,000 — for professional productions, children’s theater and the Village Originals program to develop new musicals. The nonprofit theater had requested a $60,000 grant.

Michelle Sanders, theater spokeswoman, said the city arts grant helps fund actors, designers and the dozens of behind-the-scenes workers responsible to put on a show. Sanders said the theater often utilizes local talent.

“That funding is critical,” she said.

The grant serves as a critical source because audiences expect high production values from Village Theatre, she said. Read more

Opportunities

April 6, 2010

  • Good Samaritan Episcopal Church is conducting a second call of auditions for male and adolescent parts for its May 22-24 production of “The Sound of Music.” Auditions are from 1-5 p.m. April 10. Call Dorothy Harwood at 246-2850.
  • 4Culture offers King County arts organizations the opportunity to apply for funds to purchase or upgrade equipment. Application deadline is April 21. Guidelines and applications, including information about eligibility and review criteria, are available here.
  • The Sammamish Symphony Orchestra has openings in all string sections, and is seeking violinists. Other volunteer opportunities with the symphony include board membership, marketing, assisting with concerts, monitoring doors and taking tickets. Rehearsals are from 7:15-9:45 p.m. Thursdays at Eastlake High School, 400 228th Ave. N.E., Sammamish. Call 206-517-7777 or go here.
  • The Issaquah Singers, which has been entertaining audiences on the Eastside for 33 years with four-part harmony, is seeking new members. Rehearsals are from 7-9 p.m. Thursdays. No auditions are necessary. Learn more here.

Sammamish Symphony to headline Benaroya Hall

March 9, 2010

The Sammamish Symphony Orchestra is packing it up and leaving the plateau behind for the mainstage of Benaroya Hall for a special one-night performance March 14. Read more

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