SEATTLE, Wash. — October 18, 2006 — Northwest Symphony Orchestra today announced its soon-to-begin 2006 – 2007 series of concerts as its milestone twentieth season. Beginning this month, Northwest Symphony Orchestra is premiering a series of programs and resources to expand its contribution to Northwest communities, particularly in local schools; broaden its reach to audiences throughout the Northwest; and increase its visibility commensurate with its vision to be Puget Sound-based and Northwest active.

“Our one-hundredth performance of a contemporary Northwest composer is within sight,” said Anthony Spain, music director, Northwest Symphony Orchestra. “It’s imperative that we continue to support the many exceptional composers in the Northwest and that we continue and broaden our efforts to share this music across the region.

“We’ve also broadened our work with area schools and are giving students an opportunity to rehearse with us—to experience playing this contemporary work as well as the classics we present, and we’ve committed to make a considerable portion of our audience seating available to students at no or reduced cost.”

Support for Northwest composers

The orchestra’s level of commitment to performance of Northwest composers is unprecedented. In its twentieth-anniversary 2006 – 2007 season, the orchestra will present ten Northwest-composer pieces, including two world premieres.

Support for Music Education in Schools

Northwest Symphony Orchestra is expanding its programs of working with area schools and making available complimentary student tickets.

§ Northwest Symphony Orchestra is making available to local schools and music studios complimentary student tickets for each of its four regular season performance. Schools may contact the orchestra office at (206) 242-6321 for information.

§ The orchestra is working with area music instructors to make possible student rehearsal intern positions.

§ Maestro Spain and key members of the orchestra are visiting area schools to present a behind-the-scenes look at how symphonic works are presented.

Visual Identity

Northwest Symphony Orchestra has embarked on an extensive corporate branding and identity program, to accentuate its public visibility and further the fund raising activities that enable its musicality as well as school and community support.

§ The orchestra has developed a fresh visual identity for its print materials, with use of colors that hark from the four seasons of the year in the Northwest.

§ Corporate branding that includes new corporate and 20th-season logos blends a notion of both the contemporary and classic works the orchestra presents.

§ In September the orchestra kicked off development of a video overture presenting its work in the community and its musical role in the region.

Northwest Symphony Orchestra is grateful to have recently received a $50,000 donation of visual identity and branding services from Monograf, a Northern California creative services firm. Over the past three years, monograf (lower-case is correct) has contributed more than $75,000 in services to the orchestra. Monograf is on the Web at www.monograf.net.

Northwest Symphony Orchestra’s first concert of the twentieth season—its Vive la Danse concert for parents and children—will be presented October 27th at 7:30 p.m. at the Highline Performing Arts Center, Burien.

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, presented at Benaroya Hall Taper Auditorium.

Tickets for regular season concerts are $10 to $13. Tickets are available at any Ticketmaster location, on the Web at www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling Ticketmaster to order, at (206) 292-ARTS.

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

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