Sibelius Violin Concerto opens Cascade season

For first time, all seats will be reserved at Edmonds Center for the Arts
Oct 18, 2018
Courtesy of: Cascade Symphony Orchestra 15-year-old Yesong Sophie Lee is the featured performer at Cascade Symphony Orchestra’s first show of its new season.

Yesong Sophie Lee, first-place winner in London at the Menuhin International Junior Violin competition in 2016, will be the featured soloist when the Cascade Symphony Orchestra begins it 2018-19 season 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N.

The orchestra, under the direction of Michael Miropolsky, will perform the Sibelius Violin Concerto.

A pre-concert lecture at 6:30 p.m. by KING-FM’s Dave Beck will preview the evening’s musical pieces. They include Austrian composer Franz von Suppé’s “Light Cavalry Overture” and Russian composer Vasily Kalinnikov’s “Symphony No. 1 in G Minor,” in addition to the featured “Violin Concerto in D Minor” by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.

Lee will perform in that portion of the concert.

The 15-year old violinist is a freshman at Jackson High School in Mill Creek, and made her professional debut in 2017 with Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell.

She started playing violin at age 4 with instructor Jan Coleman. She has studied with Simon James and studio coach Hiro David, and said she feels fortunate for having worked with Igor Ozim, Ana Chumachenco, Jamie Laredo, Robert Lipsett, James Ehnes and Augstin Hadelich.

“Yesong Sophie Lee plays with an intense sound, as one who has played Bach for decades,” as her London performance was reviewed by Kultur Radio, a broadcast station in Germany.

The London Telegraph also reviewed that performance, writing: “In ‘Summer’ from Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” (Lee) showed poise right from the introduction and led the orchestra with remarkable assurance. She displayed a fine sense of line and had all the colors needed for the tone-painting essential in this music.”

Tickets are $27 for adults, $22 for seniors, $15 for students with an ID, and $10 for youngsters 12 and younger.

For the first time in its history, all tickets are for assigned reserve seats.

Even though a concert may be sold out, returned tickets do become available, including at the door the day of the event. Patrons can call the ECA at 425-275-9595 or come early, around 6:15 p.m., on concert night.

Additional information about the Cascade Symphony Orchestra and this concert is available at


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