Free local concerts? Music to our ears!

If you’re curious about the symphony, this spring is a great opportunity to listen live and in person

Thanks to the generosity of one donor, the entire 2021-2022 Bremerton WestSound Symphony season is totally free, live and in-person. If you’ve never felt the vibrations of a hundred strings and heard the blast from a brass chorus, this is your chance to give it a try.

Music Director Alan Futterman has an infectious passion for music, and helps audiences appreciate each composition with lively introductions.

“Music connects the right brain and the left brain. Learning music isn’t just about discipline and practicing scales, it’s also a window into history. I love learning about the composer, the time, the place… and who was fighting who!” he says.

The OrKIDstra performance is a great opportunity for kids of all ages to experience the orchestra in a casual atmosphere.

“We’ll perform the Carnival of the Animals, which Saint-Saëns wrote to entertain his own students. It’s meant to be fun, and it’s filled with musical jokes — the song for the tortoise takes the familiar, fast Can-Can melody and slows it down.”

Free concerts this spring:

  • Mar. 13: A History of African-American Composers. 3 p.m., Marvin Williams Center.
  • Mar. 27: OrKIDstra: Carnival of the Animals & The Jazz Fly (Family Concert). 3 p.m. Bremerton Performing Arts Center.
  • Apr. 24: Beethoven’s Eroica & Bethoven’s Violin Concerto with Sophie Lee. 3 p.m., Silverdale Lutheran Church.
  • May 15: Blooming Brilliance & Scheherazade. 3 p.m., Bremerton Performing Arts Center.
  • June 3: Moving Between Light & Darkness. 7:30 p.m., St. Gabriel Catholic Church.
  • June 5: Rising Stars Showcase. 3 p.m., North Point Church.

“Scheherazade is a great piece to learn about an orchestra. It’s a show piece — it shows all the colours and finery of the orchestra, and every instrument is featured at some point,” Futterman says of the May performance.

Beethoven’s Eroica is also a stunning piece of music — Futterman calls it “the first great symphony” because it’s bigger, longer, and develops musical themes more thoroughly than any other symphony that existed at the time. The Beethoven concert will also feature teenage prodigy Sophie Lee, who grew up in Seattle and won the Menuhin Competition at age twelve.

“She’s the best and most talented of any of the child prodigies I’ve ever worked with,” Futterman says.

Your first opportunity to catch the symphony is in just a few weeks, featuring music from William Grant Still (who wrote the Afro American Symphony in 1930), Jimi Hendrix, and a few composers in between.

Reserve your tickets today!

Reservations are highly recommended, and donations are greatly appreciated! Learn more at bremertonwestsoundsymphony.org. Call 360.373.1722 or email info@bremertonsymphony.org for more information.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test required for entry, all patrons must wear face masks at all times. Read the full COVID-19 policy at bremertonwestsoundsymphony.org/covid-19-update

On Mar. 27 the Bremerton WestSound Symphony presents OrKIDstra, a fun performance for the whole family.

On Mar. 27 the Bremerton WestSound Symphony presents OrKIDstra, a fun performance for the whole family.

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