“A Season of Symphonies” Meet the orchestras of the Northwest on NWPR

Robin Rilette, Music Director of Northwest Public Radio, has been a very busy person this summer. One by one, she’s tracked down almost every conductor of every orchestra in the region, and has been getting to know them and their bands. Her series, “A Season of Symphonies,” is now unfolding on NWPR, and is all available on their website.

Although I’m no longer “the conductor” of the OES, I guess I was the only guy she could get on the phone, and our chat is now available on the website. In addition to our discussion about an orchestra in transition, you can hear opinions on beer and brass playing and our performances of Mahler 2 and Wagner’s Meistersinger Overture. Click here to visit the “Season of Symphonies” home page, where you can find all the episodes in the series to date.

Again, I can’t overstate what a wonderful thing this is that Robin and NWPR have done for orchestras and music lovers in the region. I know that many, many, many hours of hard work went into this, and I hope fans of regional orchestras everywhere will take a few minutes to take in the astounding array of ensembles the region has to offer.

By the way, the soloists on the Mahler 2 performance are Amy Paden and Angela Niederloh.

The season thus far looks like this- 

September 8 Victoria Symphony Listen Now
September 9 Spokane Symphony Listen Now
September 10 Washington Idaho Symphony Listen Now
September 11 Vancouver Symphony Listen Now
September 14 Portland Chamber Orchestra Listen Now
September 15 Oregon East Symphony Listen Now
September 16 Philharmonia Northwest Listen Now
September 17 Mid Columbia Symphony Listen Now
September 18 Skagit Symphony Listen Now
September 21 Port Angeles Symphony Listen Now
September 22 Walla Walla Symphony Listen Now
September 23 Bayshore Symphony Listen Now
September 24 Whatcom Symphony Listen Now
September 25 Wenatchee Valley Symphony Listen Now
September 28 Seattle Philharmonic Listen Now
September 29 Yakima Symphony Listen Now


Updated- Robin has a fine blog. There’s more from Robin on the OES and our season opening concert here.

Updated 10.10.09- The series is now finished and the complete broadcast listing is now above. The last 20 seconds of the OES Mahler 2 are missing (at last check). NWPR tells us they are working on the problem. Sorry for any frustration.

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American conductor, composer and cellist Kenneth Woods is Principal Conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Colorado MahlerFest and cellist of the string trio Ensemble Epomeo. He records for the Avie, Somm, Nimbus, Signum, MSR and Toccata labels.

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1 comment on ““A Season of Symphonies” Meet the orchestras of the Northwest on NWPR”

  1. Kenneth Woods

    I should add that, of the orchestras covered so far, the OES is by far the most remote in the smallest market, and has, along with Wasghington-Idaho, a budget between a tenth and a 50th of some of the other bands!

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