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Mid-Columbia Symphony kicks off 2015-16 season with ‘Passion’

The Mid-Columbia Symphony will start its 71st season Sept. 19 with ‘Passion’ in Richland.
The Mid-Columbia Symphony will start its 71st season Sept. 19 with ‘Passion’ in Richland. Associated Press

Mid-Columbia Symphony finished its 70th season last spring on a joyful note — performing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, which includes the famed Ode to Joy.

It will kick off its 71st season next week by celebrating another intense emotion.

The symphony’s Passion concert is at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 in Richland.

“We’ve got some really involved pieces. They’re big, emotional, exciting pieces to hear,” said Jenna Coddington, symphony spokeswoman and board member.

And they’ll be recognizable even to people who aren’t classical music aficionados, she said.

Take Sergei Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, which was featured in the Academy Award-winning film Birdman. The symphony will perform that piece, along with Boléro by Maurice Ravel and Danzón No. 2 by Arturo Márquez.

Nicholas Wallin is the Mid-Columbia Symphony’s music director and conductor.

The orchestra has more than 65 musicians on stage during a typical show.

The Sept. 19 concert kicks off the symphony’s 2015-16 Season of Symphonies, with each show celebrating a different theme.

“They’re all about big feelings, big concepts. Nicholas has picked some really excellent pieces,” Coddington told the Herald.

After Passion, next is Elegance on Nov. 1, featuring Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No. 1 and von Weber’s Concerto for Clarinet No. 2, with soloist Andy Hudson.

The Jan. 31 theme is Nationalism, with the symphony performing Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2, Schuman’s New England Triptych and Galindo’s Sones de Mariachi.

History is the theme for the March 12 performance, with Adams’ The Doctor Atomic Symphony, Copland’s Billy the Kid Suite and performances by the symphony’s young artist winners.

The season will end May 21 with Faith. The symphony will be joined by Mid-Columbia Mastersingers and the Mid-Columbia Boys Choir. The lineup is to include Poulenc’s Gloria, featuring soprano Molly Holleran, Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, Hovhaness’ The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam and Bloch’s Baal Shem.

Cost of the Sept. 19 concert is $15 for students and $25 to $50 for adults, depending on the seats. Tickets are available at the symphony office at 1177 Jadwin Ave., Richland, online at www.midcolumbiasymphony.org or by calling 509-943-6602. Season tickets also are available.

Sara Schilling: 509-582-1529; sschilling@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @SaraTCHerald

IF YOU GO

What: Passion, the first concert of Mid-Columbia Symphony’s 2015-16 season.

When: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19.

Where: Auditorium at Richland High School, 930 Long Ave., Richland.

Tickets: Cost is $15 for students and $25-$50 for adults, depending on the seats. They’re available at the symphony office at 1177 Jadwin Ave., Richland, online at www.midcolumbiasymphony.org or by calling 509-943-6602.

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