Cascade Symphony presents children’s concert

Feb 19, 2014
Stephen Leou, 11, selected as Cascade Symphony’s Rising Star, will be featured at the Children’s Concert on Saturday, Feb. 22, at Edmonds Center for the Arts.

Cascade Symphony and Music Director Michael Miropolsky will entertain children of all ages at their annual Children’s Concert titled "Paddington Bear's First Concert" on Saturday, Feb. 22.

The 60-minute concert will take place at 3 p.m. at Edmonds Center for the Arts at 410 4th Ave. N.

Advance purchase of tickets is recommended.  Ticket prices have been reduced and are now $10 for general admission, $5 for ages 12 to 18, and $2 for children age 11 and under.

Families are encouraged to bring a donation of a nonperishable food item to be distributed to Edmonds food banks.

Children (and adults) will also enjoy the "instrument petting zoo" presented in the lobby of the ECA, where they will have the opportunity to see and play various instruments.  The petting zoo will be available beginning at 2.

The symphony is happy to present 11-year-old cellist Stephen Leou as this season’s Rising Star, chosen through auditions for the opportunity to perform with the orchestra.

Stephen will perform the 1st movement of the Haydn “C-Major Cello Concerto.”

"Paddington" will feature Edmonds’ favorite Dave Dolacky as narrator of a delightful children's story enhanced by music by Herbert Chappell.

Stephen Leou is a sixth grader at Odle Middle School in Bellevue. He began his cello studies at age 4 with Mary Walters and is a student of Leslie Marckx.

Stephen was principal cellist and performed as a soloist with the Everett Youth Symphony in May as the Senior Division Concerto Competition winner.

He won first place in the elementary division at the Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside in 2011 and 2012, receiving the Frances Walton Young Artist Award, as well as receiving Seals of Outstanding Achievement at the Seattle Young Artist Music Festival.

Aside from cello, Stephen enjoys playing chess, and Legos, taking road trips with his family, and swimming on the Bellevue Eastside Swim Team.

The orchestra’s 52nd season will continue with "Beethoven's Fourth" on March 17, featuring flute soloist Demarre Mcgill in the “Flute Concerto in D Minor” by Carl Reinecke. The program will also include the “Polonaise Op. 49 In Memory of Pushkin” by Liadov and the “Masquerade Suite” by Khachaturian.

The CSO annual Ensemble Concert, featuring small ensembles composed of members of the symphony, will take place at 3 p.m. on April 13, at the Edmonds United Methodist Church.

Tickets for the ensemble concert (not included in Season Ticket)  are $15 for General Admission and $10 for Children 12 and under.

The season will conclude on May 12 with Natalya Ageyeva performing Rachmaninoff's “3rd Piano Concerto,” along with the “Classical Symphony” by Prokofieff and Wagner's “Overture to Rienzi.”

Because CSO concerts have been selling out before the performance date, audience members who wish to attend these upcoming concerts and do not have season tickets are encouraged to get tickets early while they are still available.

On the day of performance, unused tickets may also be available through the ECA Box Office, and a waiting list will be compiled at the CSO table in the lobby before the concert, beginning at 6:15.

Tickets for individual performances are available only through Edmonds Center for the Arts at 425-275-9595 or at

For more information, visit the CSO website at or call 425-776-4938.

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