Maestro Mario Alejandro Torres leads the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra in a concert that is sure to rouse the imagination. Rachmaninoff's beautiful and lovely Vocalise sets the initial tone for the concert. Then, the acclaimed soprano Cyndia Sieden will delight audience members with Strauss' Four Songs, Op. 27 - songs that were written as a wedding gift for his beloved bride, soprano Pauline de Ahna. In closing, we'll immerse ourselves in the extraordinary tales of Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade with artist Amelia Kaiser.

Artist Amelia Kaiser Joins Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra (BSO)
for Live Painting of Scherezade
In MUSES with Music Director & Conductor Mario Alejandro Torres
Saturday, February 16 @ 7:30 p.m. & Sunday, February 17 @ 3:00 p.m. +
Pre-Concert Chat Sunday, February 17 @ 2:15 p.m.
at Bainbridge Performing Arts

Maestro Mario Alejandro Torres leads the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra in a concert that is sure to rouse the imagination. Rachmaninoff’s beautiful and lovely Vocalise sets the initial tone for the concert. Then, the acclaimed soprano Cyndia Sieden will delight audience members with Strauss’ Four Songs, Op. 27 – songs that were written as a wedding gift for his beloved bride, soprano Pauline de Ahna. In closing, we’ll immerse ourselves in the extraordinary tales of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade with artist Amelia Kaiser.

Amelia Kaiser will paint live alongside the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra during Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, on February 16 and 17 at Bainbridge Performing Arts. Thrilled to work for an audience with such a deep appreciation for the arts, Amelia says that each live-painting event poses a unique challenge, and that – at 50 minutes – this performance of Scheherazade marks the shortest time frame she’s undertaken to date.

Amelia looks forward to bringing a visual representation of this beloved tale to life, in concert with BSO’s beautiful musical rendition. She’ll work with acrylic paint on birch wood panels, lending a natural texture to the painting that will suit the subject – a rendezvous in a sultan’s palace chamber, overlooking the sea. She says, “My intent is to paint a diptych, completing one panel per performance – the first featuring Scheherazade and the second the Sultan, enchanted by her storytelling. My strokes will be quick and gestural, with strong colors and bold contrast to allow the audience to easily see my progress as I work.” The finished works will be available to purchase.

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra presents MUSES on February 16 and 17, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. A pre-concert chat is offered on Sunday, February 17 at 2:15 p.m. Tickets, $21 for adults, and $18 for seniors, students, military, and teachers, may be purchased online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206.842.8569 or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. Each youth receives free admission when accompanied by a paying adult thanks to the BSO’s “Youth in Music Initiative” funded by Wicklund Dental. BPA Box Office hours are 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance.

Bainbridge Performing Arts extends special thanks to Media Sponsors Classical KING FM 98.1 and KCTS 9 – Public Television and Community Sponsors Carly’s Rolling Bay Café and Wicklund Dental. BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation, the City of Bainbridge Island, and One Call for All. Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to offer an “Open Doors” program. Free and reduced-cost tickets to most events are available to community members in need through our partner Helpline House thanks to a grant from the Mabee Family Foundation. Please contact the BPA Box Office at 206.842.8569 or Helpline House to reserve tickets today.

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The Bainbridge Orchestra was founded in 1972 by the late David Pence, when the Island’s population was less than 13,000. Adopted under the BPA umbrella in the spring of 1993, and changing its name to the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra in 2006, the Symphony serves a musically rich role in our community uniting artists spanning generations and skill levels, and coming from all walks of life, to share their love of music and learn from each other.

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