Take your valentine to a romantic concert: Heart Strings on Saturday, February 12

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Heart Strings, featuring the Seattle Chinese Orchestra, the Zhang-Xiang Fei Violin Studio, and vocalists Roland Ken Sabalza and Chelsea Belle Baker.

Saturday, February 12 at 7:30 pm, Shorecrest Performing Arts Center, 15343 25th Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98155. Tickets online or by calling 206-417-4645. Tickets: $18/$15. This concert is co-sponsored by the International Performing Arts Organization.

Concert goers will be treated to a romantic evening of music as we celebrate love with a special pre-Valentine's Day concert. This family friendly event makes a perfect outing for music lovers of all ages. The Shoreline String Ensemble will perform, along with Shoreline-area music students.

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The Seattle Chinese Orchestra (SCO) is the only traditional Chinese orchestra in the Pacific Northwest. Its mission is to advocate and promote traditional Chinese music to the Western world.

Since its inception, SCO has hosted numerous concerts and dance shows with live orchestra accompaniment. Currently, SCO has over forty members in four divisions: bow-stringed instruments, plucked instruments, woodwind instruments, and percussion. The Music Director is Mr. Warren Chang and the current conductor is Mr. Roger Nelson.

The repertoire of the Seattle Chinese Orchestra includes pieces from traditional Chinese music, Chinese regional and folk music, music by contemporary Chinese composers, as well as classical music and music from other parts of the world rearranged for Chinese instruments.

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to nurture all of the arts in the community through programs and events, arts education, advocacy, and support for artists and arts organizations.


Anonymous,  February 14, 2011 at 9:32 AM  

My family really enjoyed this very impressive concert, with a good mixture of Western music and traditional Chinese pieces. Looking forward to future programming in the Arts in Culture series!!

Anonymous,  February 14, 2011 at 8:04 PM  

The show tonight was awesome! My friends and family enjoyed it very much. It's unique in a way to have traditional Chinese music and western music together. And as Chinese living in USA, I can't describe how much we appreciate it.

Anonymous,  February 14, 2011 at 8:06 PM  

Thank you again so much for the special experience last night. It was amazing to realize that the same instrument—i.e., the violin—can play such a wide range of cultural music. On top of that, hearing the symphony for the last three numbers was an incredible gift. I loved listening to a style of music that is so rich and lush, with the various instruments.

Anonymous,  February 14, 2011 at 8:10 PM  

Here are some of the many positives that come to my mind:

1) The overall concert length and the mix of Western and Chinese pieces was about right;

2) Having the MCs and/or the conductors make a few short introductory remarks before each piece was a good idea (as was also done at the Celebrate Asia! concert to good effect);

3) The focus on light music was clear and well planned and executed.

Anonymous,  February 14, 2011 at 8:21 PM  

It was one of the best concerts I have attended! We really enjoyed the program very much; enough variety but still all tied together so well.

Anonymous,  February 14, 2011 at 8:22 PM  

Excellent performance! Congratulations!

Anonymous,  February 14, 2011 at 8:31 PM  

It was filled with varieties of styles and we specially enjoyed the Chinese instruments. What a beautiful concert!

Anonymous,  February 14, 2011 at 8:33 PM  

The musicians were great!! Having the very youngest ones visible is very good; it adds a very warm human touch to the experience. Those little drummers really pleased me and the young folks on strings and harps and drums and brass were amazing and the conductors were excellent. And the host and hostess did well.

Anonymous,  February 14, 2011 at 8:38 PM  

It was a fun show. Thank you.

Anonymous,  February 14, 2011 at 8:40 PM  

I enjoyed the whole evening. The performance was very good and I’m very glad I was there.

Anonymous,  February 14, 2011 at 8:42 PM  

I totally enjoyed it. I was wishing we could purchase a cd of the Chinese orchestra. I loved the music.

Anonymous,  February 14, 2011 at 8:52 PM  

Thank you so much for working so hard to organize such a great concert! My family and our friends enjoyed so much, above the expectations. The combination of classical western music with Chinese instruments and music made this concert particular interesting.

Anonymous,  February 14, 2011 at 9:03 PM  

Everyone who went told me that they had a great time. Thank you!

Anonymous,  February 15, 2011 at 4:53 PM  

Great event and wonderful music. I enjoyed the concert very much.

Anonymous,  February 18, 2011 at 8:59 AM  

My wife and I both enjoyed this concert event and the venue is a nice setting. We believe blending both western and traditional chinese music-- and performers of all ages-- was a wonderful way to share and introduce some of the rich diversity in our community. As residents of Lake Forest Park, we value this.

We would definitely attend futue performances.

Anonymous,  February 22, 2011 at 11:12 PM  

I think it was a very enjoyable concert. My wife and daughter enjoyed it very much. I especially enjoyed the flute like instrument with the two bulbous goards on it. It made a wonderful sound.
The three stage changes were a bit ambitious, but everyone seemed to like it. The performance was rich and professional. A delight to watch and listen to.

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