BSO April Concert Features Talented Local Youth, Music from Films

SuperheroesI am very much looking forward to my concerts with the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra. The concerts are special for me because of the collaboration with my talented Bainbridge Island Youth Orchestra. I strongly believe that arts organizations are stronger and more vibrant when we combine forces.

The mission of any arts organization in the ever-changing 21st century is to find ways to collaborate and to expand audiences of all organizations. There are so many things that we learn when we collaborate with others, and the learning never stops.

There is always a new challenge, new music and new people to collaborate with and learn from, no matter how long one has done this. One of the most memorable experiences for me growing up was playing in the Junior Philharmonic of California and sitting side by side with members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

BSO is an excellent community orchestra and the BIYO musicians are very excited for this opportunity at our April concert, “Superheros and Villains.”

The music for this concert is exciting because it includes many pieces that are very familiar to the general public. Music and film have been partners for many decades, and presenting this program is yet another way to reach audiences that might otherwise not attend the standard orchestral music concerts.

Bainbridge Performing Arts
Bainbridge Performing Arts (Photo courtesy Google Maps)

Whether you’ve seen these films or not, the melodies, rhythms and harmonies will keep you on the edge of your seat. The program is fun for everyone, with music from “Batman,” “Superman,” “Star Wars,” “Band of Brothers” and more.

Also on the program is “Night on Bald Mountain” by the great Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky. He was influential in incorporating Russian folk music elements in his compositions.

Young cellist Carson Ling-Efird will be performing movements II and III from the beautiful Saint-Saëns’ “Cello Concerto No. 1.” The concerto and the “Night on Bald Mountain” were written five years apart. As an audience member, you will hear composers from the same time period, coming from different parts of the world, and each with a unique compositional voice.

The concert is not to be missed because it embodies everything we work for as arts organizations and musicians. The concert includes a young and talented cellist, talented young musicians from the BIYO, exciting film music and of course your Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra. I am excited for this collaboration and very much look forward to presenting this concert to the community.

April 14 & 15: “Superheroes and Villains”

BSO music director finalist Tigran Arakelyan leads a program for the entire family. Audience members will be treated to musical favorites from the original “Batman,” “Superman” and John Williams’ original scoring for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

The Bainbridge Island Youth Orchestra will be featured in a side-by-side performance, and the second-place winner of BSO’s ever-popular Young Artist Competition will perform Movements II and III from Saint-Säens’ “Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 33.”

Performances: Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m. (pre-concert chat Sunday, 2:15 p.m.)

Tickets: $21 for adults; $18 for seniors, students, military and teachers; each youth receives free admission when accompanied by a paying adult

Call (206) 842.8569 or go to for details.

Tigran ArakelyanAbout The Author

A finalist for the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra music director position, Tigran Arakelyan is the music director of Bainbridge Island Youth Orchestra and the Federal Way Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the artistic director and conduction of the Port Townsend Community Orchestra. He has also held conducting positions with the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra, California Philharmonic, Rainier Symphony and others. He has a doctorate degree in musical arts from the University of Washington.