Olympia Symphony’s musicians, curating free online Valentine’s Day concert

Posted on: February 12, 2021

“Among the duets on the program of ‘With Love,’ the Olympia Symphony Orchestra’s free online Valentine’s Day concert, is one performed by violinist Jason Leng and pianist Jason Leng,” writes Molly Gilmore in Wednesday’s (2/10) Olympian (Olympia, WA). “The performance of ‘Love Theme’ from ‘Cinema Paradiso’ that will be part of Saturday’s concert … is not the first time Leng … has accompanied himself as well as serving as his own video producer and sound engineer.… That first video shows seven Lengs, each in one of the separate boxes that have become so familiar as videoconferencing software has become ubiquitous…. Leng, who put together the orchestra’s May video of ‘Pomp & Circumstance,’ has always been fascinated by the creative possibilities of video production…. The concert isn’t just classical music…. John Wells plays ‘The Very Thought of You’ on trumpet, and pianist Hermann and violinist Austin Schlichting team up for ‘Across the Stars,’ the love theme from ‘Star Wars Episode II.’ ‘I left it up to the musicians to choose romantic music that would work as background music,’ Jennifer Hermann, the symphony’s executive director, said. ‘This really reflects our musicians’ tastes.’ ”