- Rainer Symphony’s Classical Concert III or IV
- Section: general admission
- Door time: one hour before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
- $9 for one ticket (up to $16.52 value)
- $15 for two tickets (up to $33.04 value)
- Classical Concert III at Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center on Saturday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m.
- Classical Concert III at Foster Performing Arts Center on Sunday, April 13, at 3 p.m.
- Classical Concert IV at Foster Performing Arts Center on Sunday, May 18, at 3 p.m.
Classical Concert III
Rainer Symphony’s third classical concert of the season opens with Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, written for Joseph von Collin’s tragedy about the ancient Roman leader Gaius Marcius Coriolanus, and Wieniawski’s virtuosic Violin Concerto No. 2, carried by violinist Marianne Martinoli. Then the symphony dives into the evening’s, centerpiece: Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6. Nicknamed Pathétique, the piece’s overarching melancholy tragically prefigured the composer’s death. Five days after conducting the premiere of this work, Tchaikovsky carelessly drank a glass of unboiled water, succumbing four days later to the cholera running rampant through St. Petersburg at the time.
Classical Concert IV
Completed soon after the death of his mother, Brahms’s German Requiem differs from the traditional, Roman Catholic requiem mass by addressing the minds of the living rather than the souls of the dead. Over seven sprawling movements, German hymns—sung by the Northwest Repertory Singers and conducted by Paul Schultz, Artistic Director of the Northwest Repertory Singers—construct a pyramidal meditation on mourning. In the first and last movements, lyrics describe the deceased and the bereaved as blessed, bookending movements that dwell on the transitory nature of life. In the central fourth section, ethereal voices and woodwinds describe the joy of heaven and give the answers to the riddles St. Peter asks at the pearly gates.
In 12 seasons as Rainier Symphony’s Music Director, David Waltman has had plenty of time to look forward. A gifted conductor with an international reputation, Waltman has not only led the community orchestra with an eye toward sustainability, but has collaborated with other arts organizations to create gripping concert experiences. Among the Symphony’s partners are the Evergreen City Ballet, Emerald Ballet Theatre, ChoralSounds Northwest, Northwest University, and the Everett Chorale. Recently, Waltman brought yet another great collaborator into the fold—concertmaster Ilkka Talvi, who brings 30 years of violin-playing experience along with him.