Enjoy ‘The Sounds of Cinema’ at Pine Lake Park on Aug. 20

August 16, 2015

NEW — 4 p.m. Aug. 16, 2015

Come listen under the stars as the Sammamish Symphony presents “The Sounds of Cinema.”

The free concert features great music used in, and written for, hit films spanning eight decades. The concert — at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at Sammamish’s Pine Lake Park at 228th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 24th Street — will represent the cinematic worlds of comedy, drama, musical comedy, romance, horror, science fiction and fantasy.

Conductor Adam Stern, a rabid film buff himself, will provide commentary on the various selections from the podium.

The program will cover many different styles of music and film, including Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” (used both in the classic “Dracula” and the modern-day thriller “Black Swan”), Johann Strauss Jr.’s waltz “The Blue Danube” (from the classic science fiction film “2001: A Space Odyssey”), Jacques Offenbach’s Overture to “Orpheus in the Underworld” (from the musical drama “Moulin Rouge”) and the spring concerto from Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” (which writer-director-star Alan Alda used in his comedy-drama of the same name). Read more

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Get your free tickets now to POPs! Goes Issaquah

August 9, 2015

NEW  — 6 a.m. Aug. 9, 2015

Rowley Properties is proud to support arts on the Eastside by celebrating the 20th anniversary of sponsoring POPs! Goes Issaquah.

POPs! is a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at Village Theatre, 303 Front St. N., featuring the Sammamish Symphony and interim Conductor Adam Stern. This year’s theme is “The Sounds of Cinema.”

Tickets to this orchestral event are available to families and individuals in Issaquah who might not otherwise be able to participate in the arts. Rowley Properties first provides tickets to our local senior housing centers and nonprofit organizations before releasing tickets to the general public.

Tickets are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis while they last and must be obtained prior to the concert. There are no reservations. Read more

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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.

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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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