In 2012, the Sequim Community Orchestra had a young violinist from Sequim named Kate Powers who, at 12, was the youngest orchestra member.
Now 18, Powers is writing her own music and has been performing both on her own and with the Port Angeles Symphony.
Powers returns to play a solo composition “Theme 1,” at the Sequim Community Orchestra’s first concert of the 2018 season set for 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Ave., Sequim.
“This is a first for us, performing an original composition, especially one which has never been performed by an orchestra. And, to have it be one of Kate’s pieces is a special treat,” said Beth Pratt, board president and a violinist in the orchestra.
“I sat behind Kate during our first couple of years, and watched her talent shine as her skills improved at an unbelievable rate. Her gifts seem endless,” Pratt said.
The orchestra’s seventh-annual winter concert includes a trio from Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” on the program. Singers Robin Reed and Joel Yelland, who have performed with the orchestra before, will be joined by local soprano Cynthia Webster.
The recognizable “Finlandia” and a piece called “Ashokan Farewell” from Ken Burn’s “The Civil War” are also on the program.
The orchestra will open and close the performance with pieces by Beethoven.
The concert is free to attend, though donations are accepted.
Money raised at concerts supports the orchestra’s String Kids program, providing up to a quarter of income for the year.
Donations from our concert-goers keep the program free for local families.
After the performance, the Sequim Community Orchestra invites their guests to join them for refreshments in the fellowship hall of the church. Refreshments are provided by members of the orchestra.
For more information, call Pratt at 360-460-7368 or email to president@se quimcommunityorchestra.org.