Classical music favorites and dance get their due in concerts in Edmonds, Mukilteo

Classical music from the masters is blended with beautiful dancers in two concerts this weekend in Edmonds and Mukilteo.

Cascade Symphony Orchestra presents its popular Children’s Concert with music from Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf,” a classic way to introduce kids to classical music.

The music from this ballet is complemented by dancers from Olympic Ballet Theatre. Narrator Dave Dolacky will help interpret the story.

The program will include a performance by the Cascade Percussion Ensemble, which is consistently an audience favorite at the annual Cascade Symphony Ensemble Concert, according to a press release.

The concert will also feature 11-year-old violinist Ria Honda as this season’s rising star.

She will play the first movement of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3.

Ria began playing violin at the age of 5 in Tokyo. She has served as concertmaster of the Seattle Youth Symphony’s Symphonette Orchestra, and has placed first in the solo division and second in the concerto division of the Performing Arts of the Eastside Festival, according to her bio.

Cascade Symphony Orchestra’s Children’s Concert is at 3 p.m. Saturday at Edmonds Center For the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds.

Tickets are $15 and $10. Call 425-275-9595 or go to

The Mukilteo Community Orchestra is playing a concert of Viennese masterworks on Sunday.

These pieces will be accompanied by dancers from Oly’s Dance Studio in Everett.

“These Viennese pieces really lend themselves to the waltz,” orchestra spokeswoman Louise Stanton-Masten said.

The Mukilteo Community Orchestra will present “Emperor Waltz” by Johann Strauss II.

Other concert selections include Symphony No. 1 in D Major by Franz Schubert, Richard Strauss’s “Der Rosenkavalier Suite” and two selections from Mozart’s opera “La Clemenza di Tito,” which will feature orchestra clarinet soloists Kara Martin and Phyllis Smith.

“This is a wonderful program of exceptional music,” said Trevor Lutzenhiser, artistic director and conductor. “It pays homage to periods of time in Viennese music that inspire great performances.”

“La Clemenza di Tito” premiered in Prague under the baton of Mozart himself for the coronation of Leopold II as King of Bohemia in 1791.

Schubert’s Symphony No. 1 in D Major was written in 1813 when, at 16 years old, he was completing five years of training at the Vienna Imperial Court Chapel’s school for choristers.

Johann Strauss II wrote the “Emperor Waltz” on the occasion of a state visit by German Kaiser Wilhelm II in 1889, according to press material.

“Viennese Masterworks” begins at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Rosehill Community Center, 304 Lincoln Ave., Mukilteo.

Admission is free. Tickets can be obtained by visiting or at the door.

Theresa Goffredo: 425-339-3424;

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