Season of Symphony

Fall through spring, the Port Angeles Symphony offers plenty of opportunities to take in classical offerings.

More than 70 members, teenagers to 80-year-olds and living from Clallam Bay to Port Ludlow, make up the symphony and chamber orchestras that will play through May 15.

"It's always been a great mix," said Mark Wendeborn, executive director for the symphony.

The first symphony concert of the 77th season starts at

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, in the auditorium of Port Angeles High School, 304 E. Park Ave., with concerts following on Dec. 12, Feb. 6, March 13 and April 17.

Wendeborn said the first concert is a highlight for him because it features Alex Dugdale, an award-winning tap dancer who will tap to accompaniment by the orchestra.

Adam Stern, musical director for the symphony, said he tries to work new themes into old ideas, such as having a different kind of soloist perform such as Dugdale.

"It's the only piece of its kind," Stern said, "and serves as a great vehicle for a tap dancer to this lovely accompaniment."

Stern is looking forward to his fifth season as conductor for the symphony.

"There's that special cavernous magic that happens with an auditorium filled with people," Stern said.

"The player has the goal to reach that person in the back row. You have to think big."

Wendeborn said the annual holiday show in December is a perennial favorite for concertgoers and that half the audience for all symphony shows comes from Sequim.

"We are well supported by the town," he said.


Symphony season tickets are available in several packages, which can be seen at wwwportangelessymphony. org, or by calling 457-5579. They can be purchased at the P.A. Symphony's office, 216 N. Laurel St. C, Port Angeles; The Buzz, 130 N. Sequim Ave.; Port Book and News, 104 E. First, Port Angeles; or before each concert at the venue.

Discounts are available for senior citizens and students.

A new 20-percent discount has been added for first-time season ticket buyers. Those who take this offer will receive a 75th-anniversary

CD and booklet.

Wendeborn said season ticket-holders account for three-fourths of seating.

Individual tickets range from $10 to $25.

Dress rehearsals are at 10 a.m. the morning of each performance.

Tickets are $5 each or $10 for families.

Complimentary tickets are available to elementary students and senior assisted-living residents.

Symphony Sequim Bus

Since, symphony concerts are in Port Angeles, a bus service from three locations in Sequim is available for $55 for all five concerts or $15 per concert.

Prior to each concert, bus riders meet at 5:50 p.m. at SunLand's Gathering Place;

6 p.m. at The Lodge; or 6:10 p.m. at the Fifth Avenue Retirement Center.

For more information, call Barbara Hutter at 683-4743 or the symphony's office.

Chamber orchestra

Those looking for classical music in closer proximity can attend the chamber orchestra's three concerts at Sequim Worship Center, 640 N. Sequim Ave., Sequim.

Stern described it as more intimate and informal but with the same caliber of music as anything done by the symphony.

Performances range from two to 30 members, he said.

The first chamber concert, "Bach! A Colossal Syllable ..." starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at the church. Each chamber concert plays two nights - Friday nights in Port Angeles' Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and Saturdays in Sequim.

Concerts are Oct. 16-17; Jan. 15-16; and May 14-15. Tickets cost $12 per person for each concert night.

Special events and opportunities

A simultaneous program, Adventures in Music, put on by the symphony and supporters, goes into area schools to promote music and educate elementary students on instruments and music in general. "Music programs on the West End have been cut so many times that this is the only music education many children will get," Wendeborn said.

Its funding is separate from the symphony's, and musicians perform for free.

The symphony also will host its biggest fundraiser for the concert season on Feb. 27, 2010, at SunLand Country Club.

Opportunities are available to join the Port Angeles Symphony's orchestras, board of directors and Symphony Guild.

Call the office or visit for more details.

Reach Matthew Nash at

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