August 30, 2011
As Duane Bowen conducted the band at Louisiana State University in the school’s fight song, the cymbal player sneezed and put a gash in his forehead requiring several stitches. Unforgettable moments like that have made maestro Bowen’s career as colorful as it is rich with passion for the art of music.
At the Issaquah Philharmonic’s final concert of the season June 15 at Faith United Methodist Church, conductor Bowen, 81, announced his retirement from the group. Bowen had been conductor for 12 years.
“I’ve been at it awhile. My hearing isn’t as acute as I would like it to be — the curses of getting old,” Bowen said.
August 2, 2011
If you go
POPs! Goes Issaquah
Listen as Sammamish Symphony Orchestra performers re-create magic moments from the silver screen at the POPs! Goes Issaquah concert Aug. 26.
The concert is free, due to support from longtime Issaquah developer Rowley Properties. POPs! Goes Issaquah is meant to support arts on the Eastside and open the arts to a broader audience.
For “Music From The Oscars – Award Winning Film Scores” — the theme for the upcoming concert — the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra and conductor R. Joseph Scott plan to offer pieces from memorable Hollywood films.
The guest performer for the 16th anniversary concert is Audrey Chen, the principal cellist in the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Chen is a rising sophomore at Interlake High School in Bellevue. She plays on a cello on loan from the Carlsen Cello Foundation.
Chen earned first place in the solo and concerto playoffs in the 2009 Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside — a showcase for young performers — and received the Overall Excellence award.
In addition, she also claimed first place at the 2011 Washington State Solo and Ensemble Competition and received the alternate prize in the junior division of the 2011 Music Teachers National Association Festival.
June 7, 2011
Shakespeare on the Green is due to return to the Issaquah Community Center next month — and the “Macbeth” performance is safe, after state legislators approved a last-minute measure to shore up funding for the King County cultural services agency, 4Culture.
In addition to Shakespeare on the Green — from the Seattle Shakespeare Co. — dollars from 4Culture fund dozens of other programs in the community. Overall, 4Culture allocated more than $50,000 to arts, cultural and heritage organizations in the Issaquah area for 2011. Some organizations, such as the Seattle Shakespeare Co., could not offer Issaquah programs without the funding.
City Arts Coordinator Amy Dukes said funding from 4Culture is important because dollars allotted through the Arts Sustained Support Program can be used for operating costs.
“That’s really hard funding to replace,” she said. “Most funders want their funding to go toward specific programming, so the fact that 4Culture gives out this funding that’s unrestricted is a huge benefit.”
Lawmakers passed the 4Culture legislation as the last bill before the special legislative session adjourned May 25.
February 22, 2011
On Thursday nights, Kathryn Boudreau-Stroud and Victoria Tkatch meet in a large, empty studio.
Somewhat dimly lit, the space slowly fills with more people and the room begins to hum with varying chords and notes.
Although Boudreau-Stroud is a math teacher and Tkatch is a ninth-grade student, the intent of their meeting is not for school purposes. Instead, they are there to play music together with the other musicians who comprise the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra.
The nonprofit, volunteer-based organization, originally known as the Providence Point Players, has been a staple on the plateau since 1994.
February 8, 2011
CrossPath Counseling & Consultation gets new counselor
CrossPath Counseling & Consultation in Sammamish welcomes Wayne Dykstra MA, LMHC, to its counseling staff.
Dykstra is an experienced psychotherapist and holds a master’s degree in psychology from Seattle University. He has counseled youth and families regarding a wide variety of issues including family conflict, anxiety, depression and substance abuse.
In addition, he is a certified child and adolescent mental health specialist. He will be available by appointment, Monday to Saturday, at the CrossPath offices in Sammamish Commons Park, 550 222nd Place S.E., Sammamish.
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
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
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.
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
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.