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Season Concert

Soaring Notes

BSO's New Concertmaster -
Dawn Posey, violin
Audrey Negro, visuals
Shu-Ling Zhao, poetry reading
September 25, 2021
7:30 pm
September 26, 2021
3:00 pm
Mount Baker Theatre


Chevalier de Saint-Georges | Symphony No. 2 (11')
Ralph Vaughan Williams | The Lark Ascending (15')
W.A. Mozart | Symphony No. 29 (27')

*All programs subject to change

Of Note

Graphic Designer Audrey Negro of Treble Creative created the BSO's logo and this year’s new look! Audrey is a member of the BSO's violin section as well.

Shu-Ling Zhao of the Sylvia Center for the Arts will join us to read The Lark Ascending.

Saint-Georges was not only an astonishing musical prodigy, his fencing and athletic prowess were legendary, including often being seen swimming across the Seine using only one arm.

Beethoven knew Mozart’s symphony well: he copied twenty-nine bars from the score in one of his sketchbooks, and many believe that the opening theme of Symphony No. 25’s final movement may have inspired the third movement of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony.

BSO's new Concertmaster Dawn Posey is moving to the Pacific Northwest from Pennsylvania. We are excited to welcome her!

Powerful: Shu-Ling Zhao is a force to be reckoned with, as a theater maker and teacher, community organizer, and social justice advocate. She is also part of the founding team of the Sylvia Center for the Arts.

Beautiful: Bellingham-based brand designer and visual artist Audrey Negro has created an exhilarating and evocative animation to accompany “The Lark Ascending”—a true sensory indulgence.

Inspiring: Saint-Georges' unusual rise to prominence in French society as the son of a multi-racial marriage was fueled by his extraordinary talents in virtually everything he set his mind to.

It’s been quite a year for everyone, and we are proud to be here, and to move into the future with our new Concertmaster Dawn Posey. The hope and joy of music come alive as we open our 46th season; a huge accomplishment in these times. We are so fortunate to have strong community support as we move forward.

The afternoon begins with a work by a true polymath: a man who mastered everything he set his hands to, from fencing to opera, violinist to composer. Chevalier de Saint-Georges’ Symphony No. 2 is a testament to his prodigious skills.

Selected after a national search, Posey solos on The Lark Ascending, introduced by Shu-Ling Zhao. This work is accompanied by a delightful, evocative visual presentation by our graphic designer, Audrey Negro, as well as members of our orchestra.

We close with Mozart’s Symphony No. 29, written by the 18-year-old Mozart after a trip to Vienna with his father, where he was exposed to the latest music of his friend and idol, Joseph Haydn, which many believe influenced the finale of this harmonically rich work.

Dr. Ryan Dudenbostel’s informative and engaging virtual Pre-Concert Lecture about the program will air here on our website during the week of the concert.

Check out our BSO Health & Safety Guidelines and Concert FAQs to find out more about how we are working to keep you safe while sharing the joy of music.

Broadcast date is Sunday, October 3rd at noon on BTV and our Watch & Listen Page.

Digital concert program available here or text "Program" to 1-360-900-1136.

Discover More

WATCH: Whoopi Goldberg shares about Saint Georges on The View - Black History Month FYI: Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges

READ: KUSC's The Poetic Inspiration Behind Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “The Lark Ascending”

READ: Brian Wise's The Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Composer and Swordsman

READ: Learn more about Concertmaster Dawn Posey