David Dolacky, Narrator, Holiday Pops! and Children’s Concerts

David Dolacky will again be the narrator for this season’s  Holiday Pops! and Children’s Concerts.

The role of announcer is familiar territory for Dave. In Seattle he was an on-air personality for KISW-FM, KVI, and from 1980 to 2000 a news and talk show host for KIRO Radio & Television. He continues to use his voice talent as a Master of Ceremony for various performance and fund raising events, as well as doing voice-over work.  Beginning in September, 2004, Dave, an Edmonds resident for over 35 years, spent two years as a technical advisor for the new Edmonds Center for the Arts and is thrilled to have the opportunity to perform on the stage he helped create.

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George Steward, Trumpet Soloist, Holiday Pops!

George Steward, in his 12th year as Principal Trumpet of the Cascade Symphony Orchestra, will perform Rafael Mendez’s La Virgen de la Macarena at this year’s Holiday Pops! concert.

George Steward is a trumpet performer and private instructor. He earned a Bachelor of Music at Wheaton College Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music at Yale University School of Music. While at Yale he received the Keith Wilson Scholarship for Outstanding Wind Player and earned Honorable Mention in the concerto competition. He has studied trumpet with Terry Schwartz at Wheaton, Ross Beacraft of Chicago Brass Quintet, William Scarlett of Chicago Symphony, Robert Nagel of New York Brass Quintet and trumpet professor at Yale, and David Gordon of Seattle Symphony.

George has soloed with a number of ensembles, including Wheaton Summer Symphony (IL), Central Connecticut State University Chamber Orchestra, Clinton Symphony (IA), as well as other high school, college, and community bands. Locally, George has been featured soloist with: Everett Philharmonic, Thalia Symphony, Octava Chamber Orchestra, Rainier Symphony, Skagit Symphony, Sammamish Symphony, Northwest Wind Symphony, Everett Symphony, Cascade Symphony, Mukilteo Community Orchestra, Philharmonia Northwest, Eastside Symphony, Brass Band Northwest, Boeing Employees Concert Band, and Whatcom Wind Ensemble.

He is principal trumpet with Everett Philharmonic, Cascade Symphony, and Octava Chamber Orchestra. He is also a member of North Corner Chamber Orchestra and Lake Washington Symphony. George is a member of the Brass Reflections quintet. He has performed with the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, Bellevue Philharmonic, Symphony Tacoma, Northwest Sinfonietta, Yakima Symphony, and many other groups throughout the Northwest.

George has been collaborating with other performers in unusual chamber ensembles, notably a trumpet/guitar duet with Meredith Connie. With Jameson Bratcher, he recently premiered Three Inventions for Trumpet and Tuba, written for him by Richard Vitzhum.

Recently, George received training in Sweden to teach the Suzuki method for trumpet. He was in the first group of U.S. teachers to get this training, and the only teacher in Washington State.  He loves teaching beginners to advanced and adult students. This training gives him the tools to work with beginners as young as four years old.

Information on upcoming performances and George’s teaching studio can be found at www.georgetrumpet.com.

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David Brewer, Tuba Soloist, Children’s Concert – February 9, 2019

David Brewer, the Rick Steves Principal Tuba for Cascade symphony for 24 years, will perform Tubby the Tuba at this season’s Children’s Concert.

Since elementary school, David Brewer has played a variety of brass instruments in different types of ensembles, from stage bands to orchestras.  He currently is the Cascade Symphony’s tubist, having played tuba and bass trombone with them for 23 years.  He also is in his 37thyear with Orchestra Seattle and is a charter member of the Olympic Brass Ensemble, a brass quintet, founded in 1995.

Over the years he has played with a number of orchestras including: Bellevue Philharmonic, Federal Way Philharmonic, Philharmonia Northwest, Seattle Philharmonic and Thalia Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with Edmonds and Shoreline community colleges and the British brass bands: Brass Band Northwest and Puget Brass.

David graduated from the University of Washington with degrees in Music, Music Education and Computer Science where he performed with and was the undergraduate assistant for the Husky Marching Band.

He is a retired Software Engineer for The Boeing Company.

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Yesong Sophie Lee, Violin Soloist, October 22, 2018

At the age of 12, Yesong Sophie Lee won First Prize at the 2016 Menuhin International Junior Violin Competition in London.  After her Berlin debut, Kultur Radio, Berlin wrote:

“Yesong Sophie Lee plays with an intense sound, as one who has played Bach for decades. Her seriousness and density of expression is amazing…one is almost reminded of Yehudi Menuhin… a huge talent.”

Her London debut brought praises from major newspapers:

“In Summerfrom Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, she showed poise right from the slow introduction and led the orchestra with remarkable assurance. She displayed a fine sense of line and had all the colours needed for the tone-painting essential in this music.” The Telegraph, London “… her composure was remarkable. Her playing was silk-toned, notable especially for the intensity it maintained even at the furthest tip of the bow, and a real homage to Menuhin in the way her vibrato extended seamlessly from note to note… The Guardian, London

“[I] was very impressed by her performance…she oozed confidence and ability, both musical and technical.”  Early Music Review, London

Ms. Lee’s other accolades include receiving the Composer’s Award at the Menuhin Competition for her performance of the newly commissioned work, Shpigl, by Oscar Colomina i Bosch, winning First Prize in MTNA’s 2015 National Junior Strings Competition, and soloing with the Seattle Symphony at age eight, having made her orchestral debut at the age of seven. She has been featured on NPR’s From the Top, and also played at their fundraiser concert in Boston.

Since winning the Menuhin Competition, she has soloed with London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, Berlin’s Konzerthaus Orchestra, and made a recital tour of the UK in 2016. The following spring, Ms. Lee performed a recital at the Gstaad Menuhin Festival in Switzerland, and participated in the final concert of the Violin Master Classes at the Kronberg Academy in Germany.

Highlights of the 2017-2018 seasons include performing the Bach Double Concerto with Joshua Bell and the Richmond Symphony, soloing with the Seattle Symphony and the Orchestra de la Suisse Romande in Switzerland, giving a recital in Geneva, and in the same festival playing a duo composed by and performed with Henning Kraggerud. In April, she will be appearing in the University of Washington Rising Star Series.

Yesong Sophie Lee is an 8th-grader at Heatherwood Middle School in Mill Creek. She started violin at the age of four with Jan Coleman. She currently studies with Simon James and studio coach, Hiro David. She also feels very fortunate for having worked with Igor Ozim, Ana Chumachenco, Jamie Laredo, Robert Lipsett, James Ehnes, and Augustin Hadelich.

Her other interests include reading, drawing, riding her bike and playing with her brother Benjamin

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Jessica Choe, Piano Soloist, January 14, 2019

Korean American pianist Jessica Choe began her musical studies at the age of 3 in Seoul, Korea where she was a prize winner in several national piano competitions including the Samick National Piano Competition, the Korea Daily Times Piano Competition and the Korean Department of Education Music Competition.  After immigrating to the US at the age of nine, she performed throughout the continental United States in such halls as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, Lincoln Center and the Barns at Wolf Trap.

Jessica has won numerous awards in the US including the Beethoven Society of America Piano Competition, the Baldwin Competition, the Henbest Piano Competition, the Bartok-Kabelevsky International Piano Competition and the Steinway Society Piano Competition.  She was a finalist in the National Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition. Jessica was also the recipient of the 2004 Presser Foundation Career Development Award.

In the 2003, Jessica made her European debut at Fondation Bemberg in Toulouse, France, and her New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall, both under the auspices of La Gesse Foundation.  Jessica has performed solo recitals in France, Italy, Switzerland, San Marino in such halls as Teatro Concordia, I Tatti, and Salle Frank Martin.

An avid chamber musician, she has performed on the Chamber Music series of the Seattle Symphony, Vashon Chamber Series, Mostly Nordic Series, Music of Remembrance and Chamber Music San Juans.   Recently, she has collaborated with Philippe Quint, Alexei Lubimov, Maya Iwabuchi, Joseph Swensen, Eric Jacobsen amongst others.

Jessica holds a Bachelor of Music from the Peabody Conservatory of Music of Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Music from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Herbert Stessin, Benjamin Pasternack and Eleanor Sokoloff.

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Nathan Chan, Cello soloist, March 11, 2019

 Cellist Nathan Chan discovered his talent for music at an early age through conducting. Before he was two, he could emulate the styles of conductors he saw on music videos such as Seiji Ozawa, Herbert von Karajan and Leonard Bernstein, using a chopstick as a baton. As a toddler, his imitations were so intuitively musical that he caught the attention of San Francisco Opera Assistant Conductor Sara Jobin. Under her eye, he made his debut as a conductor at age three, leading the San Jose Chamber Orchestra in a set of Mozart variations, despite not yet being able to read music. This was followed by a guest appearance with the Palo Alto Philharmonic a year later, conducting the first movement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Initially drawn to the sounds of low strings, he began formal music lessons with cellist Irene Sharp at age five. He later studied with Sieun Lin at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Nathan Chan has performed as a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic, Albany Symphony, Reno Philharmonic, and Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, working with conductors such as Leonard Slatkin, James Gaffigan, Donato Cabrera, Alexander Prior, Alasdair Neale, Edwin Outwater, Laura Jackson, and David Allen Miller, among others.

He also participated in the Emmy-award winning NPR program From The Top and NPR’s Performance Today with Fred Child. In 2009, he was featured in The World’s Greatest Musical Prodigies, a three-part British series documenting a global search for talented musicians, in which Nathan and three other performers gave the world premiere of the Velesslavista Quadruple Concerto, composed by Alexander Prior. Mr. Chan has performed benefit concerts for the American Alzheimer’s Association and the Friends of Children with Special Needs, among others. For his contributions to the community, he won the Peninsula Arts Council’s Ray Lorenzato Diamond Arts Award in 2007. In 2006, Nathan Chan appeared in The Music in Me, a documentary that aired on HBO and won the Peabody Award. This program led to a performance in Carnegie Hall and caught the attention of the legendary soul singer Roberta Flack, who invited Nathan to collaborate on her project of Beatles songs for Sony Records.

Nathan Chan was named a 2012 Davidson Fellow for his project entitled, “The Importance of Passion” and was awarded a $25,000 scholarship as part of this prestigious honor. While in New York City, he made his debut in Avery Fisher Hall (now David Geffen Hall) playing Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C Major and with the Juilliard Orchestra performing Strauss’ Don Quixote as the winner of the 2013 Juilliard Cello Concerto Competition, led by Maestro Leonard Slatkin. In 2015, Mr. Chan was chosen to participate in Classe d’Excellence du Violoncelle with world-renowned cellist Gautier Capuçon in association with Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, France. Nathan won the 2015 Aspen Low Strings Concerto Competition playing Haydn’s Cello Concerto in D Major and was a recipient of the 2016 Samuel Mayes Memorial Cello Award at Tanglewood.

Nathan is a strong proponent of using technology and media to attract others into the classical world and is committed to his fast growing Internet presence; to date, he has over 6.8 million views on YouTube. (http://youtube.com/nathanchancello) He recently joined the Seattle Symphony as their new Third Chair Cello.

Nathan received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics at Columbia University and his Masters of Music with Richard Aaron at The Juilliard School.


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Alexander Lipay, Flute soloist, May 6, 2019

 2017 Grammy Award winner Alexander Lipay is the principal flute of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. He holds the same position with Tucson Pops, True Concord Voices and Orchestra, St. Andrew’s Bach Society Chamber Orchestra, and Sunriver Music Festival. 

Lipay has performed as a soloist with the Seattle Symphony, Tucson Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Symphony, Hermitage Orchestra, True Concord Voices and Orchestra, St. Andrews’s Bach Society Chamber Orchestra, and Arizona Chamber Orchestra, among others. 

He has also appeared as a soloist at many music festivals, including International Music Festival “Musical Olympus” in St. Petersburg, Russia, International Music Festival “Moulin d’Ande” in France, Galway Flute Festival in Weggis, Switzerland, and Sunriver Music Festival in Oregon, USA. 

He is the Grand Prix winner of the 2015 International Festival-Competition of Arts “St Petersburg Christmas Assembly”, 1st prize winner of the 2004 MTNA Young Artist National Woodwind Competition, and 1st prize winner of the 2002 Santa Barbara Performing Arts Competition. 

Alexander holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of California Santa Barbara, where he graduated with 2 majors: flute and piano. 

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CSO 2018-2019 Season

Cascade Symphony

CSO Season Program 2018-2019

October 22, 2018 – Sibelius Violin Concerto

Suppe –Light CavalryOverture

Sibelius – Violin Concerto Op 47, D minor    

                        Sophie Lee, violin

Kalinnikov – Symphony No.1 in G Minor

 December 9 & 10, 2018Holiday Pops

Anderson – Sleigh Ride

Silvestri/ Brubaker – Christmas Music from the Movies: Polar Express

(Believe; The Polar Express; When Christmas Comes to Town; Spirit of the Season)                  

Anderson -Blue Tango

Anderson –  Sandpaper Ballet

Strauss  – A Woman’s Heart  (polka-mazurka), op.166

Miller / Milholland –Santa’s Reindeer Team, a Christmas Story

Dave Dolacky, narrator               

(High School Gold Medalists join CSO for these on December 9).

Johann Strauss II – Indigo March

Seletsky and Marcus (arr.)  Chanukah Medley

Mendelssohn( arr. Ryden)– Hark, the Herald Angels Sing

Deck the Halls (arr. Ryden)

Anderson – Trumpeter’s Lullaby

Rafael Mendez – La Virgen de la Macarena.

George Steward, trumpet

Sing Along Medley – Christmas Music for Orchestra (Arr. John Cacavas)

Chris Ridenhour – We Wish You a Merry Christmas

January 14, 2019 – Beethoven andFranck

Barber – Overture to School for Scandal

Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 4, Op. 58, G major          

                        Jessica Choe, piano                                                           

Franck – Symphony in D Minor

February 9, 2019 – Tubby, The Tuba

Children’s Concert

Percussion Ensemble

Rising Star

Tubby, the Tuba     

            David Brewer, tuba    Dave Dolacky, narrator

March 11, 2019 – Petrushka, A Puppet’s Life

Tchaikovsky – Dances from Oprichnik

Schumann – Cello concerto, Op. 129, A minor

Nathan Chan, cello

Stravinsky –Petrushka

May 6, 2019 – Mozart and Mahler

Sviridov – Snow StormSuite

(Romance, Troika, Spring and Fall, Military Parade, Valse)

Mozart – Flute Concerto No. 2 , K. 314, D Major

Alexander Lipay,  flute

Mahler – Symphony No.1 The Titan

All concerts are at the Edmonds Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

Pre-Concert Lecture

Each concert is preceded with an informative lecture for the evening concerts at 6:30 p.m.

Visit our Buy Tickets page to buy season and individual tickets.

Even when a concert is “sold out,” there are always some tickets available on concert night from patrons returning what they cannot use. CSO will begin a wait list at 6:15 p.m. for people willing to wait in the lobby to see if tickets become available.

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Photos from 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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