Mukilteo orchestra to make some ‘Movie Magic’

The sultry sounds of “West Side Story” along with music from “Lord of the Rings” “Star Trek” and “Star Wars” can be heard Sunday during Mukilteo Community Orchestra’s spring concert, “Movie Magic.”

Thirteen dancers from the Seattle dance school Ewajo, www.ewajocenter.com, will be the visual backdrop during a medley from Bernstein and Sondheim’s “West Side Story.”

The medley will include “I Feel Pretty,” “Maria,” “Something’s Coming,” “Tonight,” “One Hand, One Heart,” “Cool” and “America.”

“It should be great, and fun for both the orchestra and performers,” orchestra spokeswoman Louise Stanton-Masten said.

The orchestra will also play pieces from the movies “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe”; “Symphonic Suite” from “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers”; “Jupiter: Bringer of Jollity” from “The Planets” and “Star Trek Through the Years.”

The orchestra will finish with the suite from the “Star Wars Epic.”

“We are delighted to perform this program featuring movie and television themes and soundtracks,” said Trevor Lutzenhiser, artistic director and conductor, in a prepared statement.

Though this type of music generally is the backdrop for lots of movie action, the conductor hopes the orchestra will be able to transport the audience to memories of their favorite movie scenes with music that is all wonderfully familiar.

Lutzenhiser said these musical pieces “represent some of the finest and most exciting music written by composers today.”

“Movie Magic” begins at 2 p.m. Sunday at Rosehill Community Center, 304 Lincoln Ave., Mukilteo.

Admission is free, and complementary tickets can be obtained by going to www.mukilteoorchestra.org or at the door.

“Listener’s Choice”: The Everett Philharmonic’s season finale will be dreamy.

So promises philharmonic conductor and music director Paul-Elliott Cobbs.

Cobbs said Rachmaninov’s passionate symphony is known for its dreamy yet mysterious nature, calling it a sweeping piece that has been made into popular songs.

One such song whose melody is based on Symphony No. 2 is Eric Carmen’s “Never Gonna Fall in Love Again.”

“This is definitely an audience favorite,” said Cobbs of the symphony.

Flutist Hal Ott will be featured during this concert along with a piece by George Enescu.

“The Enescu and Rachmaninov have been requested by so many of our audience members and rightfully so,” Cobbs said. “Our soloist, Hal Ott, is such an engaging musician; he will captivate your hearts with this performance.”

The orchestra opens the concert with the melodies of Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody No 1.

Then soloist Ott takes the center stage for Bernard Romberg’s Concerto for Flute. Ott is a professor at Central Washington University and a world renowned recitalist, according to his bio.

The concert ends with Symphony No 2.

“The season finale concert promises to be the most exciting of the year,” Cobbs said.

“Listener’s Choice” starts at 7 p.m. Saturday at Everett Civic Auditorium, 2415 Colby Ave., Everett.

Tickets are $25 each; senior and student tickets are $20. Call 206-270-9729 or online at www.everettphil.org.

It’s festival seating so arrive early. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. for a stageside chat with Cobbs and the soloist.

Theresa Goffredo: 425-339-3424; goffredo@heraldnet.com.

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