Dear friends, we are so very excited to present the Southwest Washington Symphony’s 55th season, and hope you’ll share the joy of live, local music with us once again!
We are happy to continue offering all our concerts this season free of charge, thanks to the generosity of individual donors and sponsors. If you have not done so already, we invite you to make a supporting donation to help keep our concerts free and open to all. If a financial contribution isn’t possible for you right now, we would encourage you to consider offering support as part of the Symphony Board or Symphony Auxiliary.
Our 2021-2022 season will look slightly different from seasons past. We’ll begin in November at the historic Columbia Theatre with a masterworks concert featuring the music of Beethoven (Egmont Overture), Borodin (Symphony No. 2) and Wieniawski (2nd violin concerto in D minor). Featured on this program will be the prodigiously talented 16-year-old violinist Kaia Selden.
Christmas concerts will be held in December at the majestic Longview Community Church, where we’ll ring in the season with festive and traditional music for chorus and orchestra. As always, donations collected at these concerts will be offered to local charities.
In February 2022 we’ll head back to the Columbia Theater for our annual children's concerts which serve thousands of 4th and 5th graders from local school districts, as well as a delightful family concert with music for all ages. The instruments of the orchestra will “compete” in friendly Olympic-styled competition as we perform Gregory Smith’s The Orchestra Games, and we’ll feature familiar music from movies and TV shows, including How to Train Your Dragon, Gladiator, and Game of Thrones.
The season will end in April at the Rose Center for the Arts on the campus of Lower Columbia College with Spring Concerts featuring this year’s Young Artist Solo Competition winner, as well as singers from local high school choirs. We also bring you the Afro-American Symphony by American composer William Grant Still, as well as Dvorak’s much loved Slavonic Dance Op. 46, no. 8.
More than a year of closures, distancing, and delays have made us all the more excited to share joyful and inspiring orchestral music with you - we’ll see you at the concerts!
Music Director and Conductor
Southwest Washington Symphony