Come caroling at train depot tonight

December 18, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 18, 2014

Embrace your jingle with an evening of Christmas caroling from 6-7 p.m. tonight.

Meet at the Issaquah Train Depot, 150 First Ave. N.E.

Fred Hopkins, Issaquah Arts Commissioner and local musician, will lead the chorus with some help from a Sammamish Symphony quartet.

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Amateur singers invited to Christmas caroling event

December 12, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 12, 2014

Embrace your jingle with an evening of Christmas caroling from 6-7 p.m. Dec. 18.

Meet at the Issaquah Train Depot, 150 First Ave. N.E.

Fred Hopkins, Issaquah Arts Commissioner and local musician, will lead the chorus with some help from a Sammamish Symphony quartet. Come and help sing all of the classics, like “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Jingle Bell” and “White Christmas.”

All ages are welcome to this family friendly event. Bring a ukulele or tambourine or just yourself and be prepared to sing.

Downtown association’s Shop Small program connects the community

November 25, 2014

“You get out and support your community, the dollars stay local and you find unique items you won’t find elsewhere,” said Karen Donovan, chairwoman of the Downtown Issaquah Association.

Inside her White Horse Toys in Gilman Village, owner Debra Lewis said there are mass-market products and there are specialty markets.

“We try to stick with the specialty items,” she said, adding that bigger chain stores or online retailers can’t match her in terms of customer service and overall shopping experience.

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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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Symphony will perform at annual free POPs concert

August 6, 2013

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.

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