Saratoga Orchestra presents “Classically Speaking” featuring conductor Shakarian and McGill, flute

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Saratoga Orchestra of Whidbey Island presents “Classically Speaking” a concert featuring music of Mozart, Mendlessohn and Haydn at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3 at South Whidbey High School in Langley.

Saratoga Orchestra welcomes guest conductor Roupen Shakarian for "Classically Speaking" Feb. 3. (Photo courtesy of Saratoga Orchestra)

Saratoga Orchestra welcomes guest conductor Roupen Shakarian for “Classically Speaking” Feb. 3. (Photo courtesy of Saratoga Orchestra)

Celebrating its sixth season under the artistic direction of Legh W. Burns, the orchestra will welcome guest conductor Roupen Shakarian, with flute soloist Demarre McGill, Principal Flute with Seattle Symphony Orchestra, participating in this special event. The program includes Mozart’s overture to “The Impressario” and “G Major Flute Concerto K. 313,” featuring McGill. Also on the program is Mendelssohn’s “Hebrides Overture” (or “Fingal’s Cave”) and Haydn’s “Symphony #96, The Miracle.”

McGill has been with the Seattle Symphony since 2011, and was previously principal flute with the San Diego Symphony, the Florida Orchestra and the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. Winner of a 2003 Avery Fisher Career Grant, McGill has performed concerti with the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, San Diego Symphony and Baltimore Symphony, among others. He has been featured on “PBS Live from Lincoln Center” with the Chamber Music Society, the Ravinia Festival’s “Rising Star” series, the A&E network series, “The Gifted Ones,” and was special guest on “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood” children’s program on PBS.

General admission tickets are $20 for adults and $18 for seniors/military. Students younger than 18 are admitted FREE (those younger than 14 must be accompanied by a paying adult).

Tickets are available at Anchor Books in Clinton, Moonraker Books in Langley, Vino Amoré Wine Shop in Freeland, Bayleaf in Coupeville and Oak Harbor, and Click Music in Oak Harbor.  Cash, check and MC/V/Discover are accepted at the door.

Flute master class with Mcgill

McGill will present a Flute Master Class from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29 as part of Saratoga Orchestra’s Talent Development Program. It will be held at Langley United Methodist Church which is at the corner of Third Street and Anthes Avenue.

McGill will work with select students on technique, interpretation and program repertoire and the public is invited to watch this unique interaction. This event is free for students, with a $10 suggested donation for adults.

For more information, visit go to the Saratoga Orchestra website.


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