Welcome to the 2019–2020 season of the Mid-Columbia Symphony, our 75th!
This year we are rolling out a marketing theme of “The Symphony is for me!” with the emphasis being that the MCS is for everyone. We want to be seen as welcoming, with music that is entertaining and accessible for all.
In keeping with the notion of accessibility, there isn’t an over-arching theme to this coming year’s concert events, but we hope there is something for everyone. The home page lists the individual concert dates, themes and featured music. I’m particularly looking forward to the Halloween Spooktacular, with music the whole family will love. And I’m sure that the March event featuring the Young Artists Competition winners will be amazing as always. The rest of the line-up promises more memorable, emotional and endearing treats for your ears, your hearts and your souls.
We are pleased to have Music Director Dr. Nicholas Wallin back for his 12th year leading the symphony. His talent and passion continue to elevate the art form and provide us with treasured musical experiences.
Adrienne Fletcher Shields is continuing in her role of leading the re-branded Mid-Columbia Youth Orchestras, including the Youth Symphony and Cadet Strings. We are fortunate to have her in this role working with these talented young musicians.
We are truly blessed to have Katie Crenshaw working as our Business/Office Manager. She has helped to get our business dealings back on a solid footing after the unexpected loss of our previous office manager. We also have several new members joining the Board. I want to heartily welcome Bill Kuhn, Devin McGreal, Marella McGreal, Bill McKay, Keira Squires, Steven Wiley, and Stephanie Zaragoza, and also thank current Board members Boyce Burdick, Lynda True, Scott Ashby, and Jo Brodzinski for their continuing service.
Most importantly we should all thank and support those individual donors and business that support the MCS and the arts in our community! It will be a point of emphasis to grow this this support in the coming years to help keep the music coming and affordable for all.
Note that we are already planning ahead for the 76th season, in which we will be forced to find another venue because the Richland H.S. auditorium will be undergoing a major, year-long renovation. Amongst the various renovations will be an increased number of restrooms and greater handicap accessibility. (Did I just hear cheering from the audience?)
Please save the date of Saturday, March 14, 2020, for the Mid-Columbia Arts Fundraiser. This is a fantastic night of entertainment and “fun”draising at the Three Rivers Convention Center with the Mid-Columbia Ballet, Mid-Columbia Mastersingers, the Mid-Columbia Musical Theater, and the Mid-Columbia Symphony. Advance notice… this year’s theme will be centered around the “Roaring Twenties”.
Tickets for our performances may be purchased online, by phone, or at our Symphony office located in Richland, WA. We look forward to seeing you at the performances!