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Published: Friday, January 18, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Cascade Symphony features works from two composers

  • Page Smith, featured soloist for Cascade Symphony's "Northern Lights" concert on Jan. 21.

    Page Smith, featured soloist for Cascade Symphony's "Northern Lights" concert on Jan. 21.

EDMONDS -- The soaring drama and energy of Sibelius and Rimsky-Korsakov will come alive Monday night as the Cascade Symphony plays pieces from those two composers in its "Northern Lights" concert.
The concert has drama as well as amazing beauty when the orchestra performs Debussy's "Afternoon of a Faun."
Then a featured soloist will provide a Camille Saint-Saens cello piece to fill the concert hall once again with the dramatic sounds of this well-known work.
The concert opens with Rimsky-Korsakov's "Procession of the Nobles." From the second act of the opera "Mlada," this piece has trumpet fanfares, percussion and brass to create a majestic sound as is appropriate for the entrance of a prince.
The ethereal "Afternoon of a Faun" follows as the audience is swept into a pastoral daydream.
Then, soloist Page Smith will perform the Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 33, No.1 with the symphony. Smith is solo cellist of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra and performs quite a bit locally.
Then the orchestra performs Symphony No. 2 by Sibelius, who once described this triumphant work as "a struggle between death and salvation" and "a confession of the soul," according to the Cascade website.
The evening will begin with a 6:30 p.m. lecture by Dave Beck of radio station KUOW (94.9 FM) at 6:30 p.m. Monday. The concert itself begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds.
General admission tickets are $25. Call 425-275-9595 or online at For more information, go to the Cascade Symphony website at

Theresa Goffredo: 425-339-3424;
Story tags » Classical MusicEdmonds

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