Family affair: Northwest Symphony’s season-opening “Pictures at an Exhibition”

Posted on: October 25, 2017

“Northwest Symphony Orchestra founder and Music Director Anthony Spain is actively encouraging audience members to bring youngsters to a special performance of ‘Pictures at an Exhibition,’ one with spectacular visual accompaniment by artist Adrian Wyard,” writes Tom Keogh in Sunday’s (10/22) Seattle Times. “Spain and Wyard collaborated on a similar, memorable music-plus-images event in 2014, when the orchestra played Gustav Holst’s ‘The Planets’ [and] Wyard projected dazzling pictures of our solar system and deep space onto a large screen. For ‘Pictures,’ Wyard is taking more artistic license, imaginatively riffing on the short, discrete movements in Mussorgsky’s work…. NWSO will play the … arrangement … by Ravel. Wyard’s display, including images by Picasso and Monet as well as original videos, will complement Ravel’s feathery, chirping take on Mussorgsky’s ‘Ballet of Chicks in Their Shells’ and the epic grandeur of ‘The Great Gate of Kiev,’ both part of the suite…. The rest of the NWSO program includes Sibelius’ ‘Finlandia’ and Holst’s finale (‘The Dargason’) from ‘Saint Paul’s Suite.’ Known for promoting original works by Northwest composers, Spain will also conduct ‘Sound Track’ by Brent Irwin, who has taught in the Federal Way School District for 40 years.”

Posted October 25, 2017

Pictured: Music Director Anthony Spain conducts the Northwest Symphony Orchestra