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Walla Walla Symphony kicks off 2015-16 season Oct. 6

Acclaimed pianist Stephen Beus will help kick off the Walla Walla Symphony’s 2015-16 season Oct. 6.
Acclaimed pianist Stephen Beus will help kick off the Walla Walla Symphony’s 2015-16 season Oct. 6. Courtesy Stephen Beus

Acclaimed pianist Stephen Beus will help kick off the Walla Walla Symphony’s 2015-16 season Oct. 6.

Beus, who grew up in Othello and went on to Whitman College and The Juilliard School, will perform Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the symphony during a 7 p.m. show at Cordiner Hall on Whitman’s campus.

The opening night concert also includes Bernstein’s overture to Candide and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4.

The symphony’s 109th season continues with four more shows. They’re at Cordiner Hall unless otherwise noted.

Here’s the rest of the schedule:

▪ 7 p.m. Nov. 17: The symphony will perform works including Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C Minor and Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E Minor, featuring renowned cellist Sally Singer Tuttle.

▪ 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 and 3 p.m. Feb. 28: The symphony will perform Frid’s The Diary of Anne Frank, a one-act opera for soprano and chamber orchestra. The production is part of the annual Music 360º Festival. Performances are at the Gesa Power House Theatre, 111 N. Sixth Ave.

▪ 7 p.m. April 5: The symphony will perform pieces by Mozart and Haydn in its Classics in Concert show. Acclaimed bassoon player Mark Eubanks will be featured.

▪ 7 p.m. May 10: The final show of the season will feature four horn soloists, with the final piece picked through an audience choice contest online.

Four- and five-show subscriptions are available.

The symphony also plans some special events, including a Cabaret! fundraising gala Nov. 7, the Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular Dec. 12 and a free family concert and “foodraiser” event Jan. 25.

The symphony also has a Guest Artist Soirée Series, with Beus leading off Oct. 3 with a solo recital at Whitman’s Chism Hall.

Doors open at 7 p.m.

Yaacov Bergman is the symphony’s music director and conductor.

For more information, go to www.wwsymphony.org.

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