Bassist Brian Hodgson to perform with Pacifica Chamber Orchestra

EVERETT — It’s a Christmas concert, but the highlights of the upcoming program by the Pacifica Chamber Orchestra don’t have a lot to do with the holiday.

Brian Hodgson, who plays double bass, will perform the Concerto No. 1 in E Major by Dittersdorf, a fun, fast-moving piece that requires the player to embrace the bass like a cello. Can a bow really move that quickly over the top of the big instrument?

Find out at the concert, 3 p.m. Dec. 14 at First Presbyterian Church, 2936 Rockefeller Ave., Everett.

The woodwind section of the orchestra gets a chance to shine in the chamber orchestra’s version of Gershwin’s Three Preludes for Winds. Other concert highlights include the Concerto Grosso by Vaughan Williams, Trois Pieces Breves by Ibert and Mozart’s Symphony No. 29.

Artistic director Fred Chu will lead the orchestra in a Christmas medley to complete the concert, and a Christmas cookie reception follows.

Tickets are $20 general admission and $15 for seniors and students. Tickets are available in advance through Brown Paper Tickets and at the door on concert day.

More information is available at

Gale Fiege: 425-339-3427; Twitter: @galefiege.

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