Edmonds’ Cascade Symphony will usher in the new year on Monday, January 12 in the Edmonds Center for the Arts in downtown Edmonds. The “Mahler First” concert will feature Jordan Anderson on double bass, which is rarely heard in solo performance. The double bass, or string base, is the largest and lowest-pitched bowed string instrument used in modern symphony orchestras.
Anderson has been Principal Bass of the Seattle Symphony since the fall of 2000. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Harold Robinson, Principal Bass of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has performed with the Emerson String Quartet and Leon Fleisher, as well as with the Seattle Chamber Music Society. In 2007, Jordan won the solo division of the David Walter Memorial Composition Competition with his piece “Drafts” for solo doublebass and piano.
Also on the program will be the Coriolan Overture by Beethoven and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, “The Titan.”
The season will continue with a special children’s concert on Feb. 7, followed by a performance on March 9 of Verdi’s Requiem with the Choir of the Sound. The musicians of Cascade Symphony will present their ensembles concert Sunday, April 19 at the Edmonds United Methodist Church and again on Friday, April 24 at the Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Church. The final concert of the season on May 4 will feature Concertmaster James Garlick and cellist Amos Yang in a performance of the Brahms Concerto for Violin and Cello.
Music Director Michael Miropolsky will lead the orchestra in his eighth season on the podium. Miropolsky received his musical education in Moscow, Russia and has been Assistant Principal Second Violin with the Seattle Symphony since 1991. He is founder and music director of the acclaimed Seattle Violin Virtuosi and the Seattle Chamber Orchestra and coaches and teaches extensively.
Symphony concerts are held at 7:30 p.m. in the Edmonds Center for the Arts, located at 410 4th Avenue N. in downtown Edmonds. Tickets for single concerts are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and students and are available at the Edmonds Bookshop in downtown Edmonds. Season tickets are available at the box office. Subscriptions for the five-concert symphonic series are $90 for adults and $70 for seniors and students. For more information or to order tickets, call (425) 776-4938 or visit the Cascade Symphony website at www.cascadesymphony.org.