Everett Philharmonic returns for second season

  • By Theresa Goffredo Herald Writer
  • Friday, September 2, 2011 12:01am
  • LifeEverett

The Everett Philharmonic enjoyed such a successful first season that it’s coming back for season two.

The Everett Philharmonic’s 2011-12 concert season launches Oct. 8 with a performance of Symphony No. 7 by Beethoven, which has been made popular again as part of the soundtrack for the Oscar-winning movie “The King’s Speech.”

There’s lots of other good music on the season roster as well, including a performance of “Peter and the Wolf” along with well-known guest artists.

All performances will be conducted by music director Paul-Elliott Cobbs, who, like other musicians, split off from the Everett Symphony in 2010 to form the Everett Philharmonic.

The musicians’ goal was to keep symphonic music alive in Snohomish County after the now-defunct Everett Symphony canceled its season early.

The popular stageside chats with Maestro Cobbs and the featured soloists continue again this season and begin at 6 p.m. for the October and May concerts.

The schedule:

“Of Scandal & Spontaneity”: 7 p.m. Oct. 8, Everett Civic Auditorium, 2415 Colby Ave., Everett. Music includes “Overture to Fidelio,” by Beethoven, “Overture to the School for Scandal,” by Samuel Barber, Concerto for Cello in b Minor, by Dvorak, featuring cellist John Michel, and Beethoven’s Symphony No 7 in A Major.

“Music for the Imagination: Peter & the Wolf”: 3 p.m. Nov. 27 at Everett Civic Auditorium, 2415 Colby Ave., Everett. This kid-friendly concert opens with a performance by the Everett Youth Symphony doing the “Hansel and Gretel Overture” and “Witch’s Ride” by Engelbert Humperdinck. Also, the Snohomish County Music Teacher Associations’ winning concerto will feature a student soloist.

Other music includes “Peter & the Wolf,” by Prokofiev, the “Star Wars Medley,” by John Williams and “Stars and Stripes,” conducted by William Sibbers, the 2011 Spring Fling contest winner.

Afterward, youths in the audience can get a closer look at the instruments and talk to the musicians.

“That Magnificent Mozart!”: 3 p.m. Feb. 12, 2012 at First Presbyterian Church, 2936 Rockefeller Ave., Everett. An afternoon of Mozart featuring the “Cosi Fan Tutte” overture, “Exsultate, Jubilate” with mezzo soprano Melissa Plagemann and Symphony No 25 in g minor.

“Listener’s Choice”: 7 p.m. May 5 at Everett Civic Auditorium, 2415 Colby Ave., Everett. This concluding program was selected by Everett Philharmonic listeners and includes Romanian Rhapsody No 1, by George Enescu, Concerto for Flute in b Minor, by Bernard Romberg and featuring flutist Hal Ott, and Symphony No 2 in e minor by Rachmaninov.

Tickets are $25 general for each concert and $20 for seniors and students; tickets are $10 to $20 for the “Peter and the Wolf” kids concert. Family discounts are available for that program. Discounts for groups of 10 or more are available for all performances.

To buy tickets or for more information call 206-270-9729 or go to www.everettphil.org.

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

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