EVERETT — Conductor Paul-Elliott Cobbs and Everett Philharmonic are set to take their audience to places near and far Sunday afternoon during the orchestra’s annual Music for the Imagination Concert.
Pianist Kaitlyn Gia Lee, 10, of Mill Creek, will perform the andante and presto movements of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major. She is a piano student of Allan Park.
Kaitlyn, who attends Penny Creek Elementary in Everett, is the winner of the Snohomish County Teachers Association 2017 Concerto Competition. A top prizewinner in more than 11 regional and national competitions to date, Kaitlyn is looking forward to performing the Mozart concerto.
As conductor Cobbs says, “Mozart makes you smart,” and Kaitlyn also has been a winner in regional spelling bee competitions.
The concert begins with Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Procession of the Nobles” followed by selections from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” ballet.
The concert continues with the berceuse and finale from Stravinsky’s “The Firebird,” and is topped off by Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride.” Audience members will be chosen to ring the bells for the piece.
“This concert is not only for the young,” said Cobbs in a press release, “Adults will also get a kick out of the way that these works of magic display recognizable sounds of the season.”
Right after the concert, children will have the opportunity to get a close look at the string, woodwind, brass and percussion families of the orchestra while the musicians pluck, toot and pound the instruments. Hands-on activities are included.
Everett Philharmonic Orchestra
Music for the Imagination concert, 3 p.m. Nov. 26, Everett Civic Auditorium, 2415 Colby Ave. Tickets are $20 general or $10 for youth 5-18. Children under 5 get in free. Buy four or more tickets for $10 each. Call 206-270-9729 or go to www.everettphil.org for more information. Festival seating, so arrive early.