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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Soloist: Stephen Binondo, piano – Roman Festivals – May 7, 2018

Stephen Binondo is a 16-year-old pianist from Everett. He studies piano with Judy Baker and is homeschooled through Enlightium Christian Academy. Stephen has received Gold and Silver medals at the Northwest Chopin Competition and Gold Seals from the Seattle Young Artist Music Festival.  He was the Jr. Level Concerto winner and also received an Outstanding Performer award at the 2016 Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside.  In 2017 he participated in the Honors Recital at the Washington State Music Teachers Convention and has performed as a soloist with the Mukilteo Community Orchestra, the Starry Night Orchestra, and Orchestra Seattle.

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2017 Scholarship Winners


Congratulations to our 2017 Cascade Symphony Scholarship Winners!

The Morie Simon Scholarship in the amount of $3,000 has been awarded to Juliana Bushnell (top left), from the Edmonds School district.

A Robert Anderson Scholarship of $2,000 has been awarded to Andrew Kim, from the Edmonds School District, Kristina Kim (bottom left), from the Mukilteo School district and Brooke Meyer (bottom right), from the Northshore District.



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CSO 2017-2018 Season

October 23, 2017 – Russian Ark

De Falla – Spanish Dance No.1 from La Vida Breve
Tchaikovsky – Elegie, & Finale from Serenade for Strings           
Alfred Reed – El Camino Real
Bruch – Violin Concerto No.1, op. 26, G minor
Marley Erickson, violin
Prokofiev – Symphony No.7, op. 131, in C sharp minor

December 10 and 11, 2017 – Holiday Pops!

John Wasson –Festival Fanfare for Christmas
Smetana – Three Dances from The Bartered Bride
    (Polka, Furiant, Dance of the Comedians)
White Christmas
Let it snow
The Christmas Song
O Holy Night
    Kristin Vogel, soprano
Anderson – Christmas Festival
Strauss – Explosion Polka
Anderson – Forgotten dreams
Anderson – Song of the Bells
Lehar – Meine Lippen sie Küssen so Heiß from Juditta
Lehar – Dein ist mein ganzes Herz from Land of Smiles
Herbert – Italian Street Song
   Kristin Vogel, soprano
Christmas at the Movies – Music from Five Classic Holiday Films (Home Alone; How the Grinch Stole     Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street; The Polar Express; The Nightmare Before Christmas)
Strauss – Radetzky March

 January 15, 2018 – Scheherazade

Beethoven – Egmont Overture, op. 84
Weber – Clarinet Concerto No.2, op. 74, E flat major
         Ben Lulich, clarinet
Moncayo – Huapang
Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherazade

February 10, 2018 – Carnival of the Animals


Percussion Ensemble
Rising Star (TBA)
Saint-Saens – Carnival of the Animal
   Dave Dolacky, narrator     

March 12, 2018 – Nordic Passion

Rossini – The Journey to Reims Overture
Brahms – Double Concerto for Violin and Cello, op. 102, A minor
            Mae Lin, violin, Eric Han, cello
Sibelius – Symphony No.1, op. 39, E minor

 May 7, 2018 – Roman Festivals

Malcolm Arnold  – Four Scottish Dances
Chopin – Piano Concerto No.2, op. 21, in F Minor
      Stephen Binondo, piano
      Gold Medalist, 2015 Chopin Piano competition
Mussorgsky – Dance of the Persian Slaves from Khovanshchina          
Scriabin – Reverie, op.24
Respighi – Roman Festivals

The symphony’s terrific lineup of programs are as follows. All concerts are at the Edmonds Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. A pre-concert lecture will precede each evening concert beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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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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Meeka Quan DiLoren – Cello Soloist – May 8th

On Monday, May 8th, Seattle Symphony cellist  Meeka Quan DiLorenzo will be performing the Haydn Cello Concerto for Cascade Symphony’s final concert of the 2016-2017 season.

Before joining the Seattle Symphony in 2009, Assistant Principal Cello Meeka Quan DiLorenzo held the title of Associate Principal Cello of the Utah Symphony for five seasons. An avid chamber musician, she has performed with members of the Juilliard and Cleveland quartets, and has received invitations to the Aspen, Ravinia, Taos, Kingston, Sun Valley and Kneisel Hall music festivals. A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, DiLorenzo has been a prizewinner in several national and international competitions. She began her cello studies at age 6 with Suzuki teacher Beth Goldstein, and has since studied under Julie Feldman, Irene Sharp, Stephan Geber and Richard Aaron.

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Pictures at an Exhibition – Haydn Cello Concerto

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Photos from February 10th Children’s Concert

Scenes from the Instrument “Petting Zoo”

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Shintaro Taneda – Violin Soloist – March Concert


Shintaro Taneda, age 15, is a sophomore at Lynnwood High School.  A violin student of Margaret Pressley, Shintaro has attended the Seattle Conservatory of Music as a Dorothy Richard Starling Scholar where he studies music academics and performs in SCM’s Chamber Music and Collegiate-Performance Preparation Program. Shintaro held the Concertmaster position of the Seattle Youth Symphony’s Junior Symphony in 2016. He made his debut with orchestra in March 2014, performing Vivaldi’s Concerto for Three Violins with Seattle Festival Orchestra at Seattle’s Town Hall. As winner of the Bainbridge Symphony’s Concerto Competition, Shintaro performed his solo debut with that orchestra in 2015. He has won prizes in the Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside Competition, the Simon-Fiset String Competition and received Outstanding Certificates of Merit in the Seattle Young Artist Music Festival.   A Finalist in the Sammamish Symphony Youth Concerto and the Coeur d’Alene Symphony Young Artist Competitions, Shintaro also received recognition in the 2015 Music Teachers National Association’s State Competition. Summer Camps have included Center Stage Strings, studying with Danielle Belen, Meadowmount School of Music under the tutelage of Gerardo Ribeiro and the Aspen School of Music, where he studied with Naoko Tanaka.  Shintaro pursues a career as a professional violinist.


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Kayla Yagi-Bacon – Violin Soloist – March Concert

Kayla Yagi-Bacon is a 9th grader at Northshore Junior High School in Bothell, Washington. She began playing the violin at the age of 5 with Cynthia Staruck. Kayla joined the Margaret Pressley Violin Studio and Seattle Conservatory of Music in 2012 where she currently holds a Dorothy Richard Starling Violin Scholarship. She made her debut with orchestra in 2014, performing Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto in F Major for Three Violins with the Seattle Festival Orchestra at Seattle’s Town Hall. In that same year, she and five other Starling Violin Scholars made their recital debut in Seattle’s Benaroya Hall, presenting a self-directed ‘Violin Virtuosity!’. Kayla has presided as Concertmistress of the Seattle Youth Symphony’s ‘Junior’ Orchestra and Principal Second Violin of the Seattle Youth Symphony. She has won 1st place three consecutive years in the Concerto and Solo divisions of the Performing Arts of the Eastside Competition, a medalist in the Junior Division of Seattle Music Teacher Association’s Simon-Fiset String Competition and was awarded Outstanding Merits of Recognition in the Seattle Young Artist Music Festival in 2015. In 2016, Kayla won 2nd Place in the Coeur D’Alene Symphony’s National Young Artists Competition, and made her solo debut in August. Kayla enjoys playing in ensembles through Seattle Conservatory’s Chamber Music Program. Summer camps have included ‘Marrowstone in the City’, ‘Music in the Mountains’ in Durango, Colorado and the ‘Meadowmount School of Music’ in Westport, New York where she has studied the past two summers. She is looking forward to attending Aspen this summer, as she pursues a career as a professional violinist in the future.

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Takumi Taguchi – Violin Soloist – March Concert



Takumi Taguchi, a sophomore at Shorewood High School in Shoreline, WA, is a student of Simon James of the Seattle Symphony and piano collaborator Hiro David, having previously studied with Mihoko Hirata. He has won several competitions, including the 2013 16th Suzuki World Convention Concerto Competition the 2013 David Tonkonogui Memorial Award presented by Music of Remembrance, the 2015 Seattle Young Artists Music Festival, the 2016 KING FM Young Artist Awards/ Monika Meyer Clowes Memorial Award by the Seattle Chamber Music Society, and the 2016 Seattle Symphony Young Artist Awards.  Additionally, he was a semifinalist at the 2015 Zhuhai International Mozart Competition in Zhuhai, China, and 2016 Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition in London, UK. He was a member of the Pike Street Quartet which won the coveted Haydn Prize and Bronze Medals at 2015 Saint Paul String Quartet Competition. As one of ten student artists selected for the 2015 Starling-DeLay Symposium for Violin Studies, Takumi performed in master classes and recitals at the Juilliard School in New York.  He had spent two summers at Meadowmount School of Music before he joined Aaron Rosand Intensive Violin Program at Summit Music Festival on a merit scholarship. He is a regular performer on the Music of Remembrance concerts at Benaroya Recital Hall both as a soloist and chamber musician often collaborating with members of the Seattle Symphony.  Outside of music, he has been enjoying Japanese calligraphy for the past 10 years.


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