Olympia Symphony expands summer concert into all-day festival

Posted on: July 29, 2016

“The Olympia Symphony Orchestra has transformed its summer concert at the Capitol into a full day of music, dance and more,” writes Molly Gilmore in Thursday’s (7/28) Olympian (Olympia, WA). “The new Festival on the Capitol Green will feature performances Sunday, plus food trucks and activities for children. ‘This marks the 10th anniversary of the Capitol concert, and we wanted to make it more significant for the community,’ said Jennifer Hermann, the orchestra’s administrative assistant.” Said conductor Huw Edwards, “ ‘Let’s make it an all-afternoon festival showcase.… We invited the Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia, the Olympia Youth Chorus and Ballet Northwest.’ … There’s also a multicultural flair to the lineup, from Japanese (the dancers of the Bon Odori Festival) to Brazilian (Samba Olywa, the drum-and-dance group that anchors the Procession of the Species).” The orchestra is about to begin its 64th season, and the orchestra will perform a Beatles medley at the festival that includes the Beatles song “When I’m 64.” “We’re hoping people will still love us and need us when we’re 64,” says Edwards.

Posted July 29, 2016