SEATTLE, Wash. — October 18, 2006 — Northwest Symphony Orchestra will open its twentieth season with its annual family concert, Friday, October 27, 2006, at 7:30pm at the Highline Performing Arts Center. Under the baton of Music Director Anthony Spain, “Vive La Danse”—Long Live Dance—is set to include:

§ Slavonic Dance Op. 46 #8 — Antonin Dvorak

§ Karasuma — David Kechley

§ Russian Sailors’ Dance — Reinhold Gliere

§ Galop — Dmitri Kabalevsky

§ Adventure — Clement Reid

§ Swing Dance — Tomas Svoboda

§ Sabre Dance — Aram Khachaturian

“This year the orchestra is celebrating its twentieth season of concerts

in the Northwest,” said Anthony Spain, music director, Northwest Symphony

Orchestra. “While we traditionally have, and encourage, children in our audiences, our first performance of the season is always our offering especially for children and families.”

Children are welcome to wear a favorite costume or one they’ve created depicting the regional dance theme of the concert.

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The season continues November 10th with a benefit concert, Symphony Seattle by Northwest composer Matt Messina, sponsored by the Sapristri Guild of Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center, and presented in the S. Mark Taper Auditorium at Benaroya Hall.

Tickets for Vive La Danse are $10 for students and senior citizens and $13 for adults. Tickets are available at any Ticketmaster location, on the Web at www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling Ticketmaster to order, at (206) 292-2787

(292-ARTS). Tickets are available at the box office concert night.

Highline Performing Arts Center is located adjacent to Highline High School, at

401 S. 152nd Street in Burien.

ABOUT NORTHWEST SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Now in its twentieth season, Northwest Symphony Orchestra has performed to local, regional, and national acclaim. The orchestra has performed an unprecedented more than 90 compositions of Northwest composers and has garnered six national awards for “Programming of Contemporary Music” from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. The orchestra has been featured repeatedly on National Public Radio and has recorded three compact disks. Dr. Anthony Spain is Music Director.

More information about Northwest Symphony Orchestra is available on the Web at www.northwestsymphonyorchestra.org or by calling (206) 242-6321.

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For Immediate Release Contact:

Phil Osborn, Public Relations, NWSO

phil_osborn@northwestsymphonyorchestra.org

425-444-1495 Media Only

http://www.northwestsymphonyorchestra.org