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The Mainstage Symphonic Season

2017-2018 Season

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The Symphony performs at Federal Way's Performing Arts and Event Center

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The Symphony concert season is made possible, in part, by generous support from
4Culture/King County Lodging Tax Fund, City of Federal Way Arts Commission
and Washington State Arts Commission.

Previous Concerts from the 2017-2018 Season

Season Finale:
Saturday, April 7, 2018 | 7:30pm and Sunday, April 8, 2017 | 2:00pm

The Symphony will perform Brahms's Violin Concerto with soloist Marjorie Kransberg-Talvi, the Overture to the Marriage of Figaro by Mozart, and Tchaikosky's Fifth Symphony.

A Taste of New Orleans:
Saturday, March 3, 2018 | 7:30pm

Enjoy an evening of Jazz in the tradition of New Orleans, showcasing the Federal Way Symphony Big Band.

Featuring Todd Zimberg and Lonnie Mardis, with special guest pianist from New Orleans, Matt Lemmler.

From Vienna with Love:
Sunday, January 28, 2018 | 2:00pm

An intimate performance with the Symphony's chamber quartet. Seating will be with the muscians, on stage.

Featuring Ilkka Talvi, Marjorie Kransberg-Talvi, Mara Finkelstein and William Chapman Nyaho.

Holiday Pops:
Saturday, December 2, 2017 | 7:30pm and Sunday, December 3, 2017 | 2:00pm

A program for the young and not-so-young. Featuring Young Park, piano, and Grammy-winning artist Michael "The Wanz" Wansley.

Handel's Messiah:
Sunday, November 19, 2017 | 2:00pm

A great way to kick off the holiday season. Featuring Federal Way Chorale and Symphony Singers.

Season Premiere:
Saturday, October 7, 2017 | 7:30pm and Sunday, October 8, 2017 | 2:00pm

Celebrate with us as we inaugurate Federal Way's state-of-the-art performance facility. The Symphony will perform Festive Overture, Shostakovich, Piano Concerto no. 1, Tchaikovsky, and Symphony no. 9, Beethoven.

Featuring Anastasia Dedik, piano, Federal Way Chorale, Symphony Singers and Boeing Employees Choir.

Previous Concerts from the 2016-2017 Season

Season Finale: Oldies
Sunday, April 2, 2017 | 2:00pm

Khachaturian, Smetana, Verdi and Dvorak's Cello Concerto with cellist Haeyoon Shin, soprano Alexandra Picard and baritone Jonah Spool.

Chamber: Triumph of Tango
Sunday, March 5, 2017 | 2:00pm

Federal Way Symphony’s Chamber Group plays selections by Beethoven, Shostakovich and a special surprise, Four Seasons Tango music by Argentinian composer, Astor Piazzola. Featuring guest artist cellist Mara Finkelstein, pianist William Chapman Nyaho and violinist Marjorie Kransberg-Talvi.

Swing Band: Swinging Classics
Sunday, January 29, 2017 | 2:00pm

Federal Way Symphony Swing Band explores classical tunes in a swinging style, featuring violinist Quinton Morris, led by Lonnie Mardis and Todd Zimberg.

Holiday Concert: This 'n' That
Sunday, December 4, 2016 | 2:00pm

A mix of holiday entertainment and traditional symphony. The first half will feature TWO brilliant young artists: K. Lee Morris, performing Ravel's rhapsody for violin "Tzigane," and Shannon Cassady, performing Ravel’s sumptuous Piano Concerto in G.

The second half will present two pops artists, Rachel DeShon and Michael Nim with a panoply of festive holiday music. This portion of the concert features songs arranged and scored by Avi Lasser and Garrett Overcash, of Seattle's Hevanti Productions.

Handel's Messiah
Sunday, November 20, 2016 | 2:00pm

A Federal Way tradition, featuring the Federal Way Symphony Singers and the Federal Way Chorale, under the direction of Laird Thornton.

Season Premier: Contrasts
Sunday, October 2, 2016 | 2:00pm

Our symphonic season opens with Sibelius Symphony No. 2 and Schumann’s Piano Concerto featuring pianist William Chapman-Nyaho.

Previous Concerts from the 2015-2016 Season

Season Finale
Sunday, May 1, 2016 | 2:00pm

Bartok and Beethoven, featuring pianist Tristan Greeno.

Picture Perfect Chamber Concert
Sunday, March 6, 2016 | 2:00pm

Federal Way Symphony Piano Triod playing the works of Mozart, Schubert and Ravel.

Sinatra Sight Line
Sunday, January 24, 2016 | 2:00pm

Federal Way Symphony Swing Band featuring vocalist Danny Quintero.

Holiday Concert
Sunday, December 6, 2015 | 2:00pm

Our annual Holiday Pops concert, featuring Kyran Park Adams and Rachel DeShon

Handel's Messiah
Sunday, November 22, 2015 | 2:00pm

A Federal Way tradition, with the Federal Way Chorale.

Season Premiere
Sunday, October 4, 2015 | 2:00pm

Prokofiev, Piston, Bach and Wieniawsaki, featuring concertmaster Marjorie Kransberg-Talvi.

Previous Concerts from the 2014-2015 Season

Season Finale: Warm Wanderings
Sunday, May 3, 2015 · 2:00pm

Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto and Dvorak's Symphony no. 8, with award-winning pianist Yuka Sasaki.

Special Event Concert

Organ and Symphony Concert
Saturday, March 28, 2015 · 8:00pm

Featuring solists Michael Plagerman, organ, and Christopher Son Richardson, piano, at St. Vincent de Paul Church.

Cozy Chamber Concert & Tea
Sunday, March 1, 2015 · 2:00pm

Our piano quintet performs intimate chamber selections by Mendelssohn and Schumann.

Sizzling Swing Time
Sunday, January 25, 2015 · 2:00pm

Our Swing Band plays toe-tapping Big Band tunes, led by Todd Zimberg and Lonnie Mardis.

Winter Wonders Holiday Concert
Sunday, December 7, 2014 · 2:00pm

The Nutcracker, selections from Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, and other traditional holiday favorites.

Special Event Concert

Des Moines Messiah Concert
Friday, December 5, 2014 · 8:00pm

A Federal Way tradition, now in Des Moines, at the Des Moines Beach Park Event Center.

Handel's Messiah
Sunday, November 16, 2014 · 2:00pm

A Federal Way tradition, featuring the Federal Way Symphony Singers and special guest soloists.

Season Premiere: Fiery Favorites
Sunday, October 5, 2014 · 2:00pm

Red-hot opera hits from Verdi, Wagner, Puccini and Bizet (Carmen), performed by internationally-acclaimed tenor Eduardo Villa, soprano Corinna Quilliam and baritone Michael Nim.

Previous Concerts from the 2013-2014 season

Season Finale/Out With A Bang!
Sunday, April 6, 2014 · 2:00pm

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 ("Pathetique") and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, featuring Daniel Chong

First Chair Performances
Sunday, March 9, 2014 · 2:00pm

All-Star performances from the very best players in the the Federal Way Symphony

Classically Modern
Sunday, February 9, 2014 · 2:00pm

From Baroque to Modern - Vivaldi, Satie and Shostakovich

Cool Classics
Sunday, January 26, 2014 · 2:00pm

The Federal Way Symphony Swing Band performing more of your classic swing favorites

Holiday Time
Sunday, December 8, 2013 · 2:00pm

Music for everyone, including excerpts from Harry Potter and Swan Lake

Featuring Megan Chenovick, soprano

Handel's Messiah
Sunday, November 17, 2013 · 2:00pm

Featuring the Federal Way Symphony Singers

This is a special performance that is not part of the season subscription

Season Premiere/Back to the Classics
Sunday, October 6, 2013 · 2:00pm

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 and other works

featuring Steinway artist Mark Salman, piano

Previous Concerts from the 2012-2013 Season

Season Finale - Sunday, April 7, 2013 · 2:00pm

Symphony No. 2 in C minor "Resurrection" - Gustav Mahler

This spectacular concert, which included the Federal Way Symphony Singers and members of the Boeing Choir, brought down the house. The concert also featured vocal soloists Anna Kazakova and Stephanie Rodousakis.

Tots Concert: Gallop and Go - Saturday, March 16, 2013 · 10:30am

A concert for kids, this featured trail songs and more by Rossini & Grofe with music played by a clarinet, french horn, and bassoon.

Chamber with a Flair - Sunday, March 10, 2013 · 2:00pm

This concert featured Mary Jensen on flute, with the Symphony Chamber players, performing a variety of Chamber music, ranging from Haydn to Peter Schickele performed by the Federal Way Symphony String Quartet with piano and flute soloists.

Mostly Modern - Sunday, February 10, 2013 · 2:00pm

This concert featured regional favorite Leon Christian on guitar.

It included Bachianas Brasileiras No. 2 and 5, by Villa-Lobos, Homage a Mozart by Ibert, and Concerto for Guitar by Rodrigo

A Decade of Swing - Sunday, January 27, 2013 · 2:00pm

This was Federal Way Symphony’s Annual Swing Concert, featuring Todd Zimberg and Lonnie Mardis.

Tots Concert: Hi-Lo Big Top Circus - Saturday, January 26, 2013 · 10:30am

This was our second concert for kids! A 3-ring musical Circus that featured the melodies of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven and played by a flute, violin, and tuba.

A Christmas Party with The Symphony - Sunday, December 2, 2012 · 2:00pm

Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, Selections from Strauss' Die Fledermaus

This concert featured a mix of holiday classics, festive orchestra works, and great singers, and included a video of the Nutcracker accompanied by the Symphony.

Handel's Messiah - Sunday, November 18, 2012 · 2:00pm

Season Premiere-Sunday, October 7, 2012 · 2:00pm

This concert featured Christina Siemens performing Mozart's Piano Concerto no. 27

and Rossini's Overture to Barber of Seville