PRESS RELEASE

Contact: For Immediate Release

Phil Osborn, Public Relations, NWSO

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NORTHWEST SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PLAYS

FAMILY CONCERT OCTOBER 28

Opening concert offers theme of dancers, fairies, and Disney characters

Season continues with performances in February, March, April; benefit concert performance for Children’s Hospital coming in November

Anthony Spain, Music Director

SEATTLE, Wash. — September 9, 2005 — Northwest Symphony Orchestra will present its season-opening Family Concert Friday, October 28, 2005, at 7:30pm at the Highline Performing Arts Center. Under the baton of Music Director Anthony Spain, the program promises to be a delight for both children and adults, with its theme of Walt Disney characters, dancers, and fairies. The evening’s concert is set to include:

§ Oberon Overture — Carl Maria von Weber

§ Time & Space — Donald Johnson

§ Dance of the Comedians — Bedrich Smetana

§ Funky Chicken — David Kechley

§ Dance of the Tumblers — Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

§ Capriccio Italien — Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky

“While we traditionally have, and encourage, children in our audiences, our first performance of the season is always programmed around Halloween and is our offering especially for children and families,” said Anthony Spain, music director, Northwest Symphony Orchestra. “Children are welcome to wear costumes to the Family Concert around our theme of fairies, dancers, and the Disney characters.”

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The Orchestra announced performances for the remainder of the 2005 – 2006: season, including:

§ Valentine’s Concert – Saturday February 4, 2006; 8:00pm

§ Stabat Mater, with the Bainbridge Chorale – Saturday, March 11, 2006; 8:00pm

Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Seattle

§ Three B’s, Spotlight on the Orchestra – Saturday, May 6, 2006; 8:00pm

Concert performances are at the Highline Performing Arts Center unless otherwise noted.

The Orchestra also will again play a special benefit concert at Benaroya Hall in November. Proceeds of the concert benefit Children’s Hospital.

Tickets for regular season concerts are $10 for students and senior citizens and $13 for adults. Tickets can be pre-purchased from any Ticketmaster outlet or by calling 206-292-ARTS (206-292-2787). Tickets are available at the door 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 nineteenth season, Northwest Symphony Orchestra has performed to local, regional, and national acclaim. The orchestra has performed an unprecedented 75 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 two 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 NWSO at (206) 242-6321.

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