Photos form 2018 Children’s Concert

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Reactions from our Audience

We received the following comments after our Scheherazade concert!

Bravo for a fantastic concert on January 15th! The Egmont is a transparent piece and was beautifully played. The SSO Principal clarinetist was amazing. The slow movement was exquisite. The Moncayo piece was so fun, different, rhythmically challenging & toe tapping. The Scheherezade showed off your wonderful musicians… the bassoon, flutes, clarinet, harp, percussion, brass, strings! Everynody contributed. Pam was a pro. Just fabulous. Fantastic. Beautiful sound! The whole concert was great. Really. I heard comments all around me praising you. ♡


Just to let you know (and please share this): I’ve been attending performances for about 15 years.  Last night was among the very best – possibly THE very best concert I’ve been to.  It was outstanding, every part.  The programming was marvelous, and I really appreciate the chance to hear Moncayo’s work.  It is so rewarding to be introduced to a composer whose music I knew nothing about. The audience’s reaction says it all, so I won’t go on, but I wanted to express my joy and appreciation for a memorable evening.


I just want to let you know that your concert last night, January 15, was absolutely magnificent! In fact, it was one of the most excellent I have ever attended. How wonderful not to have to fight the traffic and parking in Seattle to hear a topnotch orchestra.  We have it right here in our hometown of Edmonds. Thank you for a memorable evening. I look forward to your next event.


Dave and I loved the concert. What a privilege to be able to hear such great musicians in our community. Thank you and the entire orchestra.


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Felix Kim, Cello Soloist for Children’s Concert

Felix Kim will be performing the 1st movement of the Boccherini cello concerto in B flat major, G. 482 at the Children’s concert on February 10, 2018.

Felix Kim is in the eighth grade at Gateway Middle School where he enjoys math and tech classes. At age nine he started cello with his current teacher, Leslie Marckx. He also has weekly coaching sessions with pianist, Dr. Li-Tan Hsu. He enjoys playing in the Debut Symphony Orchestra in the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras. Last summer Felix attended the Indiana University Summer String Academy where he studied with Susan Moses. He has also performed in masterclasses for Hans Jørgen Jensen and Richard Aaron at the Seattle Young Artist Music Festival. Prior to learning cello, Felix was a member of the Northwest Boychoir where he performed on numerous occasions with the Seattle Symphony in Benaroya Hall. Other interests include earning a first degree black belt in Taekwondo, watching the Seahawks and Mariners, bike riding, family camping trips, playing video games and anything related to Star Wars and Legos.

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Reserved seating coming in 2018-19 season

Announcement banner: Reserved seating comingIn May 2018, when season ticket sales for the 2018-19 season begin, you will be able–for the first time ever–to reserve your favorite seats!

You will no longer need to wait in line, hoping to be able to claim those seats.

Ticket prices will remain the same and Early Bird discounts will still apply.

Beginning in March, detailed information will be available in the concert program and on the CSO website,

Rest assured that we will do everything we can to simplify the process and honor your requests.

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Michael Miropolsky, featured speaker at Edmonds Chamber of Commerce Breakfast

Michael Miropolsky spoke at the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce Breakfast meeting on Wednesday, September 13th where he talked about his life in Russia and his immigration to the United States in 1990.

Norma Dermond. principal cellist and one of three original members of the Cascade Symphony Orchestra,  introduced Cascade Conductor, Michael Miropolsky.

Maestro Miropolsky answering questions at the conclusion of his talk.

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Soloist: Marley Erickson, violin – Russian Arc – October 23, 2017

Since making her solo orchestral debut at age 11, Marley Erickson has appeared as
soloist with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, L’Accademia d’Archi Arrigoni, Mitteleuropa Orchestra, Ottawa Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar, and the Port Angeles Symphony Orchestra.

Marley was a laureate in the 2016 Piccolo Violino Magico International Violin Competition, and subsequently performed a solo concert series in Northern Italy. In 2016 She also competed in the Menuhin International Violin Competition, and was awarded third place in the Louis Spohr International Violin Competition. By invitation of composer John Adams, Marley performed on the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2016 Green Umbrella Series, where she received a standing ovation at Disney Concert Hall and critical acclaim for the North American premiere of Oscar Colomina i Bosch’s Shpigl. She was selected as a Student Artist to perform in the 2017 Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies at the Juilliard School. By invitation of the Kronberg Academy, Marley was a participant in the 2017 chamber music workshop “Mit Musik-Miteinander.” Marley recently produced and performed a full concert program on the Local Artist Series at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, which included the world premiere of Canto One by Jerry Mader.

Ms. Erickson has been a participant in the Cambridge International Strings Academy, the Brian Lewis Young Artist Program, Encore Chamber Music Academy, Japan-Seattle Suzuki Institute, and has been a member of the Seattle Youth Orchestras. Marley currently studies violin in Seattle with Simon James and piano collaborator Hiro David. She has worked with, among others, Paul Kantor, Tasmin Little, Brian Lewis, Gerardo Ribeiro, David Halen, Leila Josefowicz, Robert Lipsett, Stephen Shipps, Keng-Yuen Tseng, Hu Kun, Robert McDuffie, Danielle Belen, Rodney Friend, Friedemann Eichhorn, and James Ehnes.

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Soloist: Kristin Vogel – Holiday Pops! – December 10 and 11, 2017

Acclaimed for her powerful lyric voice, her intensity onstage, and her well-honed vocal technique, Soprano, Kristin Vogel has been honored in multiple international competitions, and is sought for roles that require dramatic passion and sensitive musicality.

This season Ms. Vogel sang the role of Mimi with Tacoma Opera and will join the Utah Festival Opera this summer asthe title role in Madama Butterfly and the Soprano Soloist in their performance of Verdi’s Requiem. 

Ms. Vogel recently sang her first Nedda in I Pagliacci with St. Petersburg Opera in Florida, her first Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Asheville Lyric Opera, and many Mozart heroines in a series of “3 Divas” concerts with Northwest Sinfonietta in Seattle, Tacoma, and Puyallup.

This past season Ms. Vogel jumped in last minute to sing the Soprano Solos in Mozart’s “Requiem” with the Bellingham Concert Chorale and traveled to Montana to sing the soprano solos in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Helena Symphony Orchestra, where she previously sang “Una Poenitentium/Gretchen” in Mahler’s 8th Symphony. Ms. Vogel’s additional symphonic repertoire includes the soprano solos in Beethoven’s 9th and Mahler’s 2nd Symphonies, Mozart’s Requiem, Debussy’s Cinq Poèmes de Baudelaire, and Aaron Copland’s orchestrated Poems of Emily Dickinson, and she frequently performs with Seattle’s Inverted Space Modern Ensemble. Next season Ms. Vogel will be featured as the Soprano Soloist in MGA Productions mounting of Verdi’s Requiem in New York City.

Originally from Texas, Ms. Vogel earned her master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California, and has sung with high-profile young artist pro-grams at Des Moines Metro Opera, the Natchez Festival of Music, the Utah Festival Opera, and others. Ms. Vogel is now completing her doctorate at the University of Washington, and she spent spring 2015 in Vienna researching her dissertation as a recipient of the prestigious Fritz Fellowship.

Other recent performances include Pamina in The Magic Flute and Marguerite in Faust with Boheme Opera New Jersey, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus and Lady Billows in Albert Herring at the University of Washington, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with the Natchez Festival of Music, and cross-over, Americana, and operetta repertoire with Mosaïque in Vienna, Austria.

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Soloist: Ben Lulich – Scheherazade – January 15, 2018

Benjamin Lulich is Principal Clarinet of the Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera. Recognized as an exceptionally gifted artist, he has held positions in Orange County’s Pacific Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Colorado Music Festival and Festival Mozaic, and has performed frequently with The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, Pasadena Symphony, IRIS Orchestra and many other ensembles. He has performed as guest principal with the Philadelphia Orchestra and acting principal with The Cleveland Orchestra.

Additionally, Lulich is Principal Clarinet of the Sunriver Music Festival and has performed with the Hollywood Studio Orchestra on numerous films and records albums, including Water for Elephants, The Tourist, Monsters University, Godzilla, and the Oscar-winning score for Life of Pi. In 2013 he performed as Principal Clarinet for Yamaha’s 125th Anniversary Concert, which featured Elton John and many other performers; the concert was broadcast worldwide.

An avid chamber music and new music performer, Lulich has been a guest artist for concerts throughout the United States and abroad. He was a member of the Second Instrumental Unit, a contemporary music ensemble based in New York City, where he took part in a concert honoring Milton Babbitt at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. As a recitalist and soloist, he has performed at the International ClarinetFest and was featured as a soloist with Pacific Symphony, Sunriver Music Festival, and Seattle Symphony.

The recipient of many awards and prizes, Lulich studied at the Interlochen Arts Academy, Cleveland Institute of Music, Yale School of Music, Pacific Music Festival and Music Academy of the West. His teachers include Richard Hawkins, Franklin Cohen, David Shifrin, Fred Ormand and Laura DeLuca. Lulich has also been adjunct faculty at California State University Fullerton and has given masterclasses and coachings throughout the United States. He is currently Artist-in-Residence at the University of Washington in Seattle. Mr. Lulich is a Backun Clarinet Artist and performs on MoBa Clarinets.

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Soloist: Eric Han, cello – Nordic Passion – March 12, 2018

Korean born Canadian cellist Eric Han made his concerto debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at the age of 14. Following his debut led to many engagements with Toronto Sinfonietta, Toronto chamber players and Symphony by the Sea in Boston. In collaboration with world-renowned conductor Sir Andrew Davis, he recorded a live performance of the Elgar cello concerto on the Yamaha Canada label.

As an avid chamber musician, Eric has performed with many of world’s leading musicians such as Joseph Silverstein, Roberto Diaz, Ani and Ida Kavafian, Cho-Liang Lin, Chee Yun, Lynn Harrell, Gray Hoffman, Paul Coletti, Jörg Widmann, Jan Vogler, Thomas Demenga Classical guitarist Jason Vieaux and the members of the Altenberg Trio, Borromeo quartet and Orion String Quartet. As a recitalist, Eric has performed in many of world’s prestigious halls, including Zankel Hall Carnegie, 92nd St. Y, St. Martin in the Fields, and the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh.

Mr. Han has been the recipient of many awards in Canada and the US, including the Tom Thomas Scholarship, Toronto Symphony Orchestra Scholarship, and Schimidbauer international string competition and 2012 Sylva Gelber Award.  As a guest artist and artist-in-residence, Eric has participated at numerous festivals, including the Moritzburg Festival, La Jolla Summerfest, Music@Menlo, Sarasota Music Festival, the Banff Centre, Orford Arts Centre and is on faculty at Marrowstone music festival.

He studied with David Hetherington at the Glenn Gould School, and holds a B.M. from the Colburn School of Music, under the tutelage of Ronald Leonard. He is a recent recipient of an Artist diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Peter Wiley and Carter Brey.

Eric Han joined the Seattle Symphony Orchestra as their 4th chair cellist and is the principal cellist for Seattle Opera Company. He plays on a cello made by Frank Ravatin (2010 Vannes) and modern bow by Bernard Walke, on generous loan to him from the Maestro Foundations.

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Soloist: Mai Lin, violin – Nordic Passion – March 12, 2018

Mae Lin joined the Seattle Symphony in 2008 as a member of the second violin section. In 2014, she joined the first violin section. Having grown up in Bellevue, she was very excited to return home to join her hometown symphony. She previously served as Associate Concertmaster of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and Artist in Residence at the University of Evansville with the Eykamp String Quartet. Ms. Lin received a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music in performance from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Naoko Tanaka, and was the recipient of the Irene Diamond Scholarship.

While a student at Juilliard, summer music festivals were the highlight of every school year. Ms. Lin attended the Aspen Music Festival where she received the Orchestral and Mentor Fellowships, the New York String Orchestra Seminar, the Spoleto, Italy Music Festival, and the Verbier Music Festival in Switzerland. She was invited to be on the faculty at the Eastern Music Festival in 2012 and assistant to Naoko Tanaka at the Aspen Music Festival in 2013. Ms. Lin has been serving on the board of the Seattle Youth Symphony since 2013. As an alumnus, she is excited to be a part of this organization which helps shape students through music.

Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Ms. Lin began the piano at age 4 and violin at age 7. She played flute and french horn in her middle school band as well. She holds a red belt in Tae Kwon Do, enjoys swimming, golf, playing tennis, and playing fetch with her dog, Scotch.

In the summer of 2014, Ms. Lin made her debut in Taipei, Taiwan with the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra in the National Concert Hall.

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