Olympia Symphony’s good-bye to longtime music director: an automobile farewell parade

Posted on: July 22, 2020

“After 17 seasons with the Olympia Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Huw Edwards is stepping down from the podium,” reads an unsigned article in Monday’s (7/20) ThurstonTalk (Olympia, WA). “Music director since 2003, Edwards is being honored by the community with a socially-distanced, drive-through parade on the day that would have been his final performance with the orchestra. The Olympia Symphony was scheduled to perform their traditional outdoor summer concert on July 26 in conjunction with a ‘Beat Beethoven 5K’ event in collaboration with Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia … at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts in April…. Both events … were cancelled due to COVID restrictions on public gatherings…. The public will have the opportunity to thank Edwards for his leadership, artistic vision, and friendship on July 26 from 4:00-5:00, at Bean, Gentry, Wheeler & Peternell Law Office … in Olympia, WA. Guests are invited to drive past, honk, and wave at Maestro Edwards as the community collectively shares their gratitude and wishes him well. A box will be available to deposit notes or cards, or letters can be mailed to … Olympia Symphony Orchestra or submitted online … A book of sentiments [will] be presented to Huw Edwards in August.”