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. ( 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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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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