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Season Concert


Dawn Posey, violin
Amber Archibald-Sešek, viola
June 4, 2023
3:00 pm
Mount Baker Theatre


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra (32’)

Grażyna Bacewicz | Overture for Orchestra (6’)

Ottorino Respighi | Pines of Rome (23’)

We close our 47th season with our Concertmaster Dawn Posey and Amber Archibald-Sešek as soloists, three signature pieces, and tremendous gratitude for the community support that has allowed us to continue bringing people together through the transformative power of music.

Powerful: Bacewicz served as concertmaster of the Polish Radio Orchestra before the outbreak of WWII. Throughout the war, she continued to give concerts in secret. She wrote her Overture in 1943, during the German occupation of Poland; it would not be performed until 1945.

Beautiful: Mozart's choice of instrument for the second soloist is illuminating. Although an excellent violinist, he loved to play viola in string quartet ensembles, enjoying the perspective of being "in the middle."

Inspiring: Archibald-Sešek was a member of the Young Eight string octet, an all Afro heritage ensemble devoted to spreading a positive message through classical and hip-hop music to underserved communities.

“With its clear form consisting of short, contrasting segments, the [Bacewicz] Overture packs the power of a larger symphonic work into a compact six minutes.” ~ Linda Shaver-Gleason for the LA Philharmonic

Of Note

Dawn is our concertmaster, and also participates in an all-woman quartet, Kassia Ensemble, who tour throughout the U.S.

Pines of Rome is famous for being one of the first pieces to include electronics - the recordings of birdsong - in its orchestration.

In 2018, Archibald-Sešek and her husband launched CernaBella, a Seattle-based chamber music experience that merges tradition with diverse and inventive programming.

Respighi started his career as an orchestral viola player and studied with both Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Max Bruch.

George Balanchine choreographed a ballet to Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, with two lead ballerinas echoing the viola and violin parts.

Discover More

WATCH: Classical King FM with Amber Archibald-Sešek

READ: Learn more about the Sinfonia Concertante with the LA Phil

Maria Tallchief talks about Tanaquil Le Clercq, George Balanchine, and the Balanchine ballet Symphonie Concertante (1947). The music is Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola.

READ: Learn more about The nightingale song that ruffled feathers in Pines of Rome

READ: Learn more about soloists Amber Archibald-Sešek and Dawn Posey

Experience LIVE Music - there's nothing like it!

Dr. Ryan Dudenbostel’s engaging and informative Pre-Concert Lecture will take place at 2:15PM in the Walton Theatre. Doors open at 2PM and seating is limited, so please plan accordingly.

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 LIVE music.

Tickets: $15 to $49

*All programs subject to change