by James O’Barr
With South Sound weather still wearing its winter clothes, the Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia promises to keep you comfortably warm and musically summery at their Washington Center Winter Concert on Sunday afternoon, March 5th.
According to Music Director Cameron May, this will be one of SOGO’s more unusual “seasonal” concerts. The Conservatory Orchestra, with May conducting his most advanced musicians, will give the first-ever performance of Olympia composer James DeHart’s “Children’s Concert Overture.” The younger musicians of the Academy Orchestra, directed by Greg Allison, will show off four pieces from their current repertoire, in collaboration with dancers from Johansen Olympia Dance Center. The Debut Orchestra, the less-experienced but no-less-talented SOGO student musicians, conducted by Jordan Goldstein and Dan Craig, will present three pieces demonstrating different aspects of their maturing skills and polish.
In addition to the three orchestras, a brass choir is led by Allison and Liz Ward. Allison says they have a surprise guaranteed to bring people back to their seats after the intermission. Surprised or not, the audience is guaranteed to enjoy another seasonal concert first, an ensemble of SOGO teaching artists who will perform George Gershwin’s “An American in Paris” in a version for chamber orchestra. The Conservatory Orchestra will bring the festivities to a close, with clarinetist Alessandro Martinez, a senior at Olympia High School, performing the second movement of Carl Maria von Weber’s “Clarinet Concerto No. 1,” and, finally, Jean Sibelius’s great, epic “Finlandia.”
SOGO is one the South Sound’s very special treasures. If you can’t make it to the Winter Concert on March 5th, think spring! SOGO’s Spring Concert will be at the Washington Center on May 21.
Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia Winter Concert
4 p.m., Sunday, March 5
Washington Center for the Performing Arts
512 Washington St. SE, Olympia
$11 – $21