‘Music to the Rescue’ Opens Washington Symphony’s Season

The Washington Symphony Orchestra will begin the second half of its 2017-18 season on a high note with “Music to the Rescue.”

“Whether it was Superman or Mighty Mouse from our childhood, we knew when we heard that memorable musical motif that help was on the way,” said Principal Conductor and Music Director Yugo Ikach. “We will share those musical moments that will inspire and strengthen us.”

Once again, the WSO’s February concert will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 18, instead of the usual Saturday evening offering. The concert will take place at Trinity Area High School, 231 Park Ave., Washington.

Included in the program will be John Williams film favorites “Superman” and “Raiders March,” along with a medley from the James Bond films.

On the classical side, the concert will feature Tchaikovsky’s “Marche Slav,” Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade,” and Verdi’s “Triumphal March” from Aida.

“Within the Verdi opera Aida, the character Radames leads the Egyptian army on its return following their victory over the Ethiopians,” said Ikach. “It is one of the largest, epic scenes in opera complete with horses and elephants on stage–heroic on steroids!”

From Wagner, the WSO will play “Siegfried’s Funeral March,” from one of the four operas in “The Ring” series.

“Siegfried was indeed a hero whose death was honored in the opera,” said Ikach. “This music is was used for the death of King Arthur in the movie Excalibur.”

In addition to the Wagner selection, a selection from Rossini’s “William Tell Overture,” one of classical music’s most recognizable pieces thanks to The Lone Ranger, will be featured.

The concert will also feature 10 talented musicians from four Washington County high schools through the Side by Side Program, playing wind, brass, string and percussion instruments with orchestra mentors.

Tickets for “Music to the Rescue” can be purchased online at washsym.org, by calling 1-888-71-TICKETS, or at the following locations: Citizens Library, the Peters Township Public Library, and the WSO Office in downtown Washington (WSO office by appointment only, call 724-223-9796 and leave a message).

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