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Saratoga Orchestra PNWCI 2019

  • Whidbey Island Center for the Arts 565 Camano Avenue Langley, WA, 98260 United States (map)

WICA welcomes Whidbey’s Saratoga Orchestra for the third annual PNWCI 2019 Festival Concert.

The Pacific Northwest Conducting Institute is quickly becoming a highly regarded orchestral conducting institute based on Whidbey Island and hosted by Saratoga Orchestra of Whidbey Island. In the past two years, conductors from all parts of the world have participated in the six-day workshop to further hone their orchestral conducting techniques. 

The Summer Festival Concert will feature PNWCI 2019 Conducting Fellows sharing the podium for the following program:

Rossini – Overture to L’Italiana in Algeri

Ravel – Le Tombeau de Couperin

Saint-Saëns – Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33 with Walter Gray, soloist

Stacy Garrop - Penelope Waits from Mythology Symphony

Beethoven - Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92

Internationally acclaimed conductor, lecturer and composer, Diane Wittry, will be leading the conducting sessions along with Saratoga Orchestra’s Music Director, Dr. Anna Edwards. 

Click here for workshop information.

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Diane Wittry has taught International conducting courses and workshops in Bulgaria and Ukraine, as well as the New York Conducting Institute, the International Conductor's Institute, the South Carolina Conductor's Institute, her own Beyond the Baton Conducting Seminars and the Pacific Northwest Conducting Institute. An avid supporter of young conductors and conductor training, Wittry is a member of the National mentoring committee of the Conductor's Guild. An award-winning author and scholar, her book, "Beyond the Baton", (Oxford University Press, 2007) was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and has become a standard, both nationally and internationally, in the field. Her most recent book "Baton Basics - Communicating Music Through Gestures" (Oxford University Press, Dec. 2014) is being utilized by conducting classes across the country.

Walter Gray has been a member of the Seattle Symphony cello section since 1979 and has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Mexico, the Far East, and Europe, including performances in Moscow, Odessa, Zagreb, Seoul, and Tokyo. He was a founding member of the Kronos Quartet and for over five years presented hundreds of concerts including numerous world premieres.