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.

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

Visit this page to read about our concert programs.

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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Michael Miropolsky Memoir


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Board member’s grandmother helped to start symphony

By Claire Rootjes
CSO Board of Directors

I support Cascade Symphony Orchestra because it has been a part of my family for three generations.

ClaireLBeenMy grandmother, Alice Dawson, was integral to Cascade Symphony’s beginnings in 1963, and she served in various roles for years to come. My mother, a charter member, my sister, and my aunt represent our family today in the viola, violin, and cello sections, respectively.

Monday night Cascade Symphony rehearsals and concerts were a foundational memory of my childhood, and I was excited to reconnect with Cascade Symphony as an adult, as a board member and supporter. Cascade Symphony is an important part of my – and our community’s – past and future.

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Meet the Musicians: CSO is a family affair for trombone player

By Scott Higbee

When I was pretty small, the guy that wound up marrying my sister made quite an impression on me, so when it came time to choose an instrument, I said, “I want to play what he does.”

Scott Higbee

Scott Higbee plays trombone in the symphony. Photo by Veronica Ho.

So, today, I play trombone in Cascade Symphony. That same sister is one of our clarinetists and the guy that married her sits next to me in our trombone section.

I’m in my eleventh year with Cascade. I teach instrumental music in grades 5 through 12 at The Bear Creek School, a Christian school in Redmond.

When time allows, I travel, play golf, and fret about the offensive and defensive lines of the Huskies.

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Meet the Musicians: Staying connected to music with CSO

Gita Krishnaswamy is the K-12 curriculum coordinator for science and health/fitness in the Kent School District.

Gita Krishnaswamy

When Gita Krishnaswamy is not playing violin, she works in the Kent School District. Photo by Veronica Ho.

Parental legend has it that just before Gita’s 3rd birthday, her parents were watching a television performance of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Gita wandered up to the TV, pointed at the concertmaster, and said she wanted to learn the violin. A few weeks later, she had her first Suzuki lesson, and Gita grew up immersed in Chicago’s rich classical music culture. She also lived and trained for five years in Seoul, South Korea when her father was transferred there for work.

After deciding against conservatory, she maintained her musical connection by playing in community orchestras and pit bands in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she taught high school science.

Gita moved to Seattle in 2010 to pursue a Master of Public Health from the University of Washington and was encouraged to audition for the Cascade Symphony Orchestra by former students of Michael Miropolsky.

She not-so-secretly wishes she was a cellist and is a self-described cat lady in training.

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Meet the musicians: Percussionist part of Edmonds musical fabric for 25 years

Ian Alvarez

Ian Alvarez has played in CSO since 1989. Two of his former students now play as well. Photo by Veronica Ho.

By Ian Alvarez

I first began performing with the Cascade Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 1989. At that time, I was just hired by the Edmonds School District to be the band and orchestra director at Meadowdale High School. My wife, Kim, and I moved up from Seattle, making Edmonds our new home. The first thing I did after joining the CSO, was to bring two talented percussion educators into the orchestra with me. Jim Kovach and Ed Dominguez worked with me to help establish the Cascade Percussion Ensemble. We brought together the very best high school percussionists from the North End into our “all star” group. The group is still playing throughout the community today.

I have been the percussion coach for the Cascade Youth Symphony Orchestra and director of the Cascade Percussion Ensemble for a generation, as a result of the musical collaborations established as being a member of the CSO. Today, I have the privilege to work with my former students, Curt Cheever and Ryan Templin, in the percussion section of the CSO.

In addition to playing with Cascade, I am the principal percussionist and timpanist for the Octava Chamber Orchestra, on the music staff of Edmonds United Methodist Church, a music teacher for the Edmonds Public Schools, and an adjunct professor of music at Seattle Pacific University and Northwest University.

My daughter, Mackenzie, is principal percussionist and timpanist for the Cascade Youth Symphony Orchestra. She plans on attending Western Washington University in the fall to pursue a degree in music education.

I became a percussionist thanks to Jackie Cedarholm (former member of the violin section of Cascade). She, along with Bob DeCou and Walt Cole, kept me busy during the late ‘60s playing timpani in elementary school performing with The All City Orchestra of the Seattle Public Schools.

My favorite hobby is to take extended summer backpacking trips to climb mountains in the western United States and Canada.

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Shop at Amazon? Learn how 0.5% of your purchase can go to Cascade Symphony

Amazon Smile logoDoing your holiday shopping online this year? Amazon customers who go to, can select a nonprofit organization to receive 0.5% of your AmazonSmile purchase price. We encourage you to select Cascade Symphony and start your visit at every time you shop at Amazon. It only takes a few seconds. Select Cascade Symphony Orchestra as your nonprofit today. 

(You will note that Amazon thinks we are located in Bothell. We are working on correcting that, but be assured that we will receive your donation regardless. Thank you!)

Want to learn more? has a great article about Amazon Smile.

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Announcing Friends of Cascade Symphony

Cascade Symphony is proud to announce Friends of Cascade Symphony! This new group of symphony fans invites other CSO enthusiasts to join them in supporting and promoting the orchestra.

Friends of CSO will meet monthly or bi-monthly to plan activities and coordinate efforts on behalf of the orchestra. The membership will represent a valuable volunteer resource for the CSO Board of Directors, assisting the Board in fundraising efforts and acting as ambassadors for CSO.  If you love our local Cascade Symphony, bring your enthusiasm, talents and time and join these dedicated people.

Download an application form.

For more information, contact Doug & Carol at or (Doug: 425-750-2237 or Carol 425-478-8945).

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