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BPA theatre season opens October 12 with Return to the Forbidden Planet

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) presents
RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET
October 12 – 28: Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30 p.m. + Sundays @ 3:00 p.m.
Pay-What-You-Can Preview: Thursday,
October 11 @ 7:30 p.m.
Opening Night Reception: Friday, October 12 @ 6:30 p.m. at BPA

Blast off on a routine flight and crash into the planet D’Illyria where a sci fi version of “The Tempest” set to rock ‘n’ roll golden oldies unfolds with glee. The planet is inhabited by a sinister scientist, Dr. Prospero; his delightful daughter Miranda; Ariel, a faithful robot; and an uncontrollable monster, the product of Prospero’s Id, who wreaks havoc on the space craft. This Atomic-Age romp includes classics like Born to be Wild, Wipeout, Good Vibrations, Great Balls of Fire, and The Monster Mash.

Director Ryan Patrick O’Donnell’s first directing turn at BPA was as assistant director to Ken Michels for Peter and the Starcatcher. Musical Director Trina Williamson Jackson has acted, music directed, and directed at a variety of theatres here and in Seattle over the past 30 years. Choreographer Heather Dawson is familiar to BPA audiences for her choreography of BPA’s Big Fish, Mary Poppins, Spamalot, and BPA Theatre School’s Seussical.

Together, the artistic trio leads an enticing cast featuring mostly newcomers to BPA’s stage, plus a few returning favorites, with Bob Reed as CAPTAIN TEMPEST, Megan Twamley as MIRANDA, Nelsen Spickard as DOCTOR PROSPERO, Helene Minassian as ARIEL THE ROBOT, Michelle Hensel as SCIENCE OFFICER, Matt Howe as COOKIE, Meghan Newton as BOSUN ARRAS, Jennifer Pippin-Montanez as NAVIGATION OFFICER, Jennifer Carrillo as DEE TERGENT, Kevin Tanner as ANDY SCEPTIC, Alexis Rodriguez as CUTIE CULL, and Brian Danzig as NEWSREADER.

Thrilled to be directing BPA’s season opener, Ryan says, “We’ll journey to a galaxy far, far away on a classic rock adventure in space, the final frontier, to battle the monsters outside the pod bay doors and those lurking inside the mind of a man, whose lovestruck daughter and faithful robot have fake-speare close encounters with a crew of starship troopers as they blast off to infinity and beyond!”

Join BPA for Shakespeare’s forgotten rock ‘n’ roll masterpiece October 12 – 28, with evening shows Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 3:00 p.m. The run includes a Pay-What-You-Can Preview on Thursday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m., and the Opening Night Reception is Friday, October 12 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets, $29 for adults, $24 for seniors, students, youth, military, and teachers, may be purchased online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206.842.8569, or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. BPA Box Office hours are 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance.

RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French.

BPA extends special thanks to Media Sponsor, KCTS-9 Public Television. BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation, the City of Bainbridge Island, and One Call for All. Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to offer an “Open Doors” program. Free and reduced-cost tickets to most events are available to community members in need through our partner Helpline House thanks to a grant from the Mabee Family Foundation. Please contact the BPA Box Office at 206.842.8569 or Helpline House to reserve tickets today.

Find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, or check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline and www.facebook.com/BainbridgeSymphonyOrchestra), follow BPA and BSO on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/bpasallyjomartine) and Twitter (@BPAPresents). Check online for the latest on theatre and symphony auditions, complete theatre school and adult class offerings, performance listings, tickets, promos, and more. Go to “About BPA” and click on “Get Our Newsletter” to receive electronic performance announcements and behind-the-scenes news.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

The EDGE improvises facts of all persuasion October 6 at BPA

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) presents
The EDGE Improv
Saturday, October 6 @ 7:30 p.m. @ BPA

Perk up your fall harvest with a barrel of laughs and The EDGE Improv on October 6 at BPA. Performing to sell-out crowds regularly at BPA, the troupe’s shenanigans have earned a devoted community of followers seeking respite from life’s wearisome worries and unrelenting news cycle.

The troupe skillfully delivers imagination on demand, divined spontaneously from audience suggestions. You won’t want to miss the troupe’s first-Saturday performances, which Ken Ballenger likens to therapy (but cheaper!).

The EDGE Improv ingeniously improvises facts of all persuasion, and the group’s riotous antics have inspired rave reviews from shrewd onlookers since the dawn of time.

The EDGE troupe members include Ken Ballenger, John Ellis, Todd Erler, Cynthia Lair, Susan MacPherson, Bhama Roget, Andrew Shields, Chris Soldevilla, and Matty Whitman. Visit The EDGE at www.theedgeimprov.com and www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org.

The EDGE Improv appears next at BPA on October 6 at 7:30 p.m. Patrons are requested to arrive no later than 7:20 p.m. prior to each performance. Tickets, $16 for adults, and $12 for seniors, students, youth, military, and teachers, may be purchased online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206.842.8569 or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. BPA Box Office hours are 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance.

BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation, the City of Bainbridge Island, and One Call for All. Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to offer an “Open Doors” program. Free and reduced-cost tickets to most events are available to community members in need through our partner Helpline House thanks to a grant from the Mabee Family Foundation. Please contact the BPA Box Office at 206.842.8569 or Helpline House to reserve tickets today.

Find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, or check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline and www.facebook.com/BainbridgeSymphonyOrchestra), follow BPA and BSO on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/bpasallyjomartine) and Twitter (@BPAPresents). Check online for the latest on theatre and symphony auditions, complete theatre school and adult class offerings, performance listings, tickets, promos, and more. Go to “About BPA” and click on “Get Our Newsletter” to receive electronic performance announcements and behind-the-scenes news.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

BPA Gallery October First Friday Art Walk: “Earth and the Great Weather”

BPA Gallery First Friday Art Walk: “Earth and the Great Weather”
Paintings by Neil Johannsen and Charles Sharpe
First Friday Art Walk Reception October 5 @ 5:00- 7:00 p.m.
Exhibit Continues Throughout October at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Join us in the BPA Gallery October 5 for an artist reception and an enjoyable evening of art and friends, with landscape and nature paintings, both realistic and abstract. Neil Johannsen and Charles Sharpe, long time Bainbridge residents and friends, are sharing this show. Charles has studied at the Gage Academy of Art and taken many workshops. Neil is self-taught and has exhibited in ten solo shows, selling more than 100 paintings into public and private collections.

Charles is an artist, musician, and woodworker who currently does display work for new exhibitions for the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. Neil is retired director of Alaska State Parks, former operations chief for California State Parks. His work focuses on nature, often in an abstract and bas relief manner. Charles does landscapes, abstracts, and portraits and enjoys charcoal life drawing. This exhibit continues throughout October at Bainbridge Performing Arts.

The BPA Gallery showcases regional artists in monthly rotating exhibits in the C. Keith Birkenfeld Lobby and regularly participates in the First Friday Art Walk from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Gallery hours are 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. Tuesday – Friday plus one hour prior to each performance. Admission is free, and information is available online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206.842.8569 or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island.

BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation, the City of Bainbridge Island, and One Call for All. Find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, or check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline and www.facebook.com/BainbridgeSymphonyOrchestra), follow BPA and BSO on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/bpasallyjomartine) and Twitter (@BPAPresents). Check online for the latest on theatre and symphony auditions, complete theatre school and adult class offerings, performance listings, tickets, promos, and more. Go to “About BPA” and click on “Get Our Newsletter” to receive electronic performance announcements and behind-the-scenes news.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

BPA Auditions for The Wizard of Oz are September 10 & 11

BPA AUDITIONS for THE WIZARD OF OZ
Ages 9 – 12: Monday, September 10 @ 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Ages 13 & up: Monday, September 10 @ 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. or Tuesday, September 11 @ 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to announce audition dates for THE WIZARD OF OZ, September 10 and 11 at BPA. Dorothy thinks she is lost forever when a terrifying tornado crashes through Kansas and whisks her and her dog, Toto, far away to the magical land of Oz. To get home Dorothy must follow the yellow brick road to the Emerald City and find the wonderfully mysterious Wizard of Oz. Together with her companions – the Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion, whom she meets on the way – Dorothy embarks on a strange and enchanting adventure.

Run dates are December 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, and 22, with a Pay-What-You-Can Preview December 6. Rehearsals extend October 9 through December 5, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays @ 6:40 – 9:40 p.m. plus Saturdays @ 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

THE WIZARD OF OZ includes roles for 30-45 men, women, and youth, ages nine (9) and up. A detailed list of characters is available online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org

Those auditioning are requested to prepare a one to one and a half-minute monologue and 32 bars of a Golden Age Broadway song. An accompanist will be provided but you must bring sheet music – clearly marked and in a three-ring binder. All roles are open to audition.

Don’t miss the opportunity to play a role in BPA’s 2018 – 2019 Season! BPA audition dates for THE WIZARD OF OZ are Monday, September 10 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. for ages 9 – 12, and, for ages 13 and up, auditions are Monday, September 10 from 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. OR Tuesday, September 11 from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. Auditions are by appointment only, and interested parties are requested to email dhadlock@bainbridgeperformingarts.org to schedule an audition.

THE WIZARD OF OZ is produced by special arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc..

BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation, the City of Bainbridge Island, and One Call for All.

Find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, or check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline and www.facebook.com/BainbridgeSymphonyOrchestra), follow BPA and BSO on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/bpasallyjomartine) and Twitter (@BPAPresents). Check online for the latest on theatre and symphony auditions, complete theatre school and adult class offerings, performance listings, tickets, promos, and more. Go to “About BPA” and click on “Get Our Newsletter” to receive electronic performance announcements and behind-the-scenes news.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

BPA Theatre School is now enrolling for Fall Classes

BPA Theatre School is Now Enrolling
Fall Classes at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

BPA Theatre School is now registering for an enticing array of fall classes for pupils of all ages. Under the creative and insightful tutelage of Kate Drummond, students (ages 4 – 7) in Creative Drama will explore the elements of theatre and learn to use their faces, bodies, and voices to tell a story. Kate will also lead students from grades 1 – 3 as they learn two song-and-dance numbers and engage in goofy, imaginative skill-building theatre games in Introduction to Musical Theatre. For grades 2 – 4, H.G. Wells’ most popular classic tale will get a brand new twist in War of the Worlds: This time the aliens have invaded Bainbridge Island!

Led by BPA Director of Education Pete Benson, students in grades 5 – 8 will meet Margaret Lucas Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (1623 – 1673) – a female Science Fiction writer from the 17th century whose utopian romance explores science, politics, gender, and identity in The Blazing World. Fifth – tenth grade students will mix skill-building and rehearsal in Musical Theatre, an eight week course with international singer, actress and philanthropist, Stephanie Reese.

In BPA’s Teen Lab: Intermediate Acting, students will explore a variety of acting methods and styles through a series of intensive exercises, improv games, and scene study for stage, camera, and voice over with instructors Pete Benson, Ann Wilkinson Ellis, and professional actress Amanda Yeoman Brooke. Ann will be familiar to BPA families for her riveting 2017 performance in August: Osage County (Winner, Best Supporting Actress from South Sound Stage Excellence Awards). Amanda comes to us by way of Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, where she taught Acting for the Camera to teenagers in 2015 – 2016, in a class that culminated in a polished short film they premiered to the community and that was entered into the National Film Festival for Talented Youth.

Amanda also joins us as instructor for Adult Acting for the Camera for ages 19 and up. For those who are interested in working in front of or behind the camera – this  is the class for you! No experience is required for this 8-week workshop, just creative interest and dedication.

Read more and register today online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, or contact Pete Benson by phone at 206.842.4560 x3 with questions.

BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation, the City of Bainbridge Island, and One Call for All. Find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, or check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline and www.facebook.com/BainbridgeSymphonyOrchestra), follow BPA and BSO on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/bpasallyjomartine) and Twitter (@BPAPresents). Check online for the latest on theatre and symphony auditions, complete theatre school and adult class offerings, performance listings, tickets, promos, and more. Go to “About BPA” and click on “Get Our Newsletter” to receive electronic performance announcements and behind-the-scenes news.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

Solo pianist George Winston in benefit performance at BPA September 28

An Evening with George Winston
A Benefit for the Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island’s Scholarship Foundation
One Night Only: Friday, September 28 @ 7:30 p.m.

At Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

GRAMMY award winning, multi-platinum solo pianist George Winston will make an extremely rare appearance at Bainbridge Performing Arts on Friday, September 28, 2018.

Best known for his melodic season’s collection, “December,” “Winter into Spring,” “Summer,” and “Autumn,” this extremely up close and personal performance will benefit the Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island’s Scholarship program that provides financial support to graduating seniors for their exemplary community service achievements.

During the evening Winston will perform a variety of solo piano selections from his expansive catalog including the “Music of Vince Guaraldi.” In the AllMusic Review of George Winston’s “December,” William Ruhlmann asks “How can music be simultaneously stirring and soothing, relaxed yet exalted? Millions have found the answer here, and an industry has spent decades trying to duplicate it.” See https://www.allmusic.com/album/december-mw0000196371.

This performance is sold out.

BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation, the City of Bainbridge Island, and One Call for All. Find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, or check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline and www.facebook.com/BainbridgeSymphonyOrchestra), follow BPA and BSO on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/bpasallyjomartine) and Twitter (@BPAPresents). Check online for the latest on theatre and symphony auditions, complete theatre school and adult class offerings, performance listings, tickets, promos, and more. Go to “About BPA” and click on “Get Our Newsletter” to receive electronic performance announcements and behind-the-scenes news.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

Join Michelle Abad and a bevy of stars for anti-bullying fundraiser September 7

WE ARE HERE
A cabaret to raise funds for anti-bullying resources
For the Dispute Resolution Center of Kitsap County and The Q Center
One Night Only: Friday, September 7 @ 7:30 p.m.

At Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Join Michelle Abad and a bevy of stars from the BPA stage for a one-night-only cabaret to raise funds for anti-bullying resources in Kitsap County. As reported by the Dispute Resolution Center of Kitsap County, “Bullying is a widespread, serious problem that can happen anywhere…and can cause serious and lasting harm.” Distressed at the prevalence of local bullying, Michelle is eager to do something to help those in need, and says, “No one should feel like they are alone. We are here to help you!”

Musical Director Reece Sauvé and Choreographer Heather Dawson lead a cast of BPA celebs, including gents – Tanner Ausbun, Ryan Bohannon, Garrett Dill, Shane Hoffmann, Bo Mellinger, James O’Donnell, Ryan Patrick O’Donnell, Reece Sauvé, Justin Silver, Adam Somers, Troy Wagerman, and Josh Wingerter; gals – Michelle Abad, Nicole Bird, Hannah Knapp-Jenkins, Breanne Penalver, and Emily Welter; and kids – Ben Eldridge, Sophie Eldridge, Trey Field-Bennett, Madelyn Figueroa, Anya Flanagan, Katja Hord, Katy Irvin, Cordelia Janow, Josh Moff, Olivia Opalski, and Delaney Taylor.

Put your money where your heart is with this Pay-What-You-Can fundraiser, and join us September 7 for a fun-filled evening with a purpose. Funds will be distributed to the Dispute Resolution Center of Kitsap County and The Q Center. Information is available online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206.842.8569 or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island.

BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation, the City of Bainbridge Island, and One Call for All.

Find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, or check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline and www.facebook.com/BainbridgeSymphonyOrchestra), follow BPA and BSO on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/bpasallyjomartine) and Twitter (@BPAPresents). Check online for the latest on theatre and symphony auditions, complete theatre school and adult class offerings, performance listings, tickets, promos, and more. Go to “About BPA” and click on “Get Our Newsletter” to receive electronic performance announcements and behind-the-scenes news.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

“Getaways Imagined” - in the BPA Gallery through September

BPA Gallery First Friday Art Walk: “Getaways Imagined”
Paintings by Jennifer Waldron
First Friday Art Walk Reception August 3 @ 5:00- 7:00 p.m.
Exhibit Continues Throughout August & September at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Join us in the BPA Gallery August 3 for an artist reception and an enjoyable evening of art and friends. A spirited, colorful art exhibit of paintings by artist Jennifer Waldron, “Getaways Imagined” reveals her imaginary world of travel trailers, food trucks, and all the characters and creatures that are found there. This exhibit is inspired by Jennifer’s longing for a vintage travel trailer that began with small sketches and grew into paintings. Her experience and love of food trucks crept into those small sketches too and soon partnered with her trailers. This exhibit continues throughout August and September at Bainbridge Performing Arts.

The BPA Gallery showcases regional artists in monthly rotating exhibits in the C. Keith Birkenfeld Lobby and regularly participates in the First Friday Art Walk from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Gallery hours are 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. Tuesday – Friday plus one hour prior to each performance. Admission is free, and information is available online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206.842.8569 or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island.

BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation, the City of Bainbridge Island, and One Call for All. Find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, or check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline and www.facebook.com/BainbridgeSymphonyOrchestra), follow BPA and BSO on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/bpasallyjomartine) and Twitter (@BPAPresents). Check online for the latest on theatre and symphony auditions, complete theatre school and adult class offerings, performance listings, tickets, promos, and more. Go to “About BPA” and click on “Get Our Newsletter” to receive electronic performance announcements and behind-the-scenes news.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

The EDGE Will Hold its Improv Inaugural Next Month, September 1

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA) presents
The EDGE Improv
Saturday, September 1 @ 7:30 p.m. @ BPA

Make plans today for The EDGE Improv’s inaugural 2018 – 2019 Season performance on September 1. Performing to sell-out crowds regularly at BPA, the troupe’s shenanigans have earned a devoted community of followers seeking respite from life’s wearisome worries and unrelenting news cycle.

The troupe skillfully delivers imagination on demand, divined spontaneously from audience suggestions. You won’t want to miss the troupe’s first-Saturday performances, which Ken Ballenger likens to therapy (but cheaper!).

The EDGE Improv ingeniously improvises facts of all persuasion, and the group’s riotous antics have inspired rave reviews from shrewd onlookers since the dawn of time.

The EDGE troupe members include Ken Ballenger, John Ellis, Todd Erler, Cynthia Lair, Susan MacPherson, Bhama Roget, Andrew Shields, Chris Soldevilla, and Matty Whitman. Visit The EDGE at www.theedgeimprov.com and www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org.

The EDGE Improv appears next at BPA on September 1 at 7:30 p.m. Patrons are requested to arrive no later than 7:20 p.m. prior to each performance. Tickets, $16 for adults, and $12 for seniors, students, youth, military, and teachers, may be purchased online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206.842.8569 or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. BPA Box Office hours are 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance.

BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation, the City of Bainbridge Island, and One Call for All. Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to offer an “Open Doors” program. Free and reduced-cost tickets to most events are available to community members in need through our partner Helpline House thanks to grants from BCF, the Mabee Family Foundation, and the Alder Fund at the Bainbridge Community Foundation. Please contact the BPA Box Office at 206.842.8569 or Helpline House to reserve tickets today.

Find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, or check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline and www.facebook.com/BainbridgeSymphonyOrchestra), follow BPA and BSO on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/bpasallyjomartine) and Twitter (@BPAPresents). Check online for the latest on theatre and symphony auditions, complete theatre school and adult class offerings, performance listings, tickets, promos, and more. Go to “About BPA” and click on “Get Our Newsletter” to receive electronic performance announcements and behind-the-scenes news.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine

New Music Director Mario Alejandro Torres joins BSO

Bainbridge Performing Arts Announces Appointment of
New Music Director and Conductor Mario Alejandro Torres
to the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra

Bainbridge Performing Arts is thrilled to announce the appointment of Mario Alejandro Torres as Music Director and Conductor for the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra. “While not originally a finalist for the position, Mario guest conducted the BSO’s February concert and wowed the musicians with his skill,” said BPA Executive Director Dominique Cantwell. “We were incredibly fortunate to have a remarkable field of candidates, most of whom have local ties. That Mario rose to the top among such talented and collaborative company speaks volumes.”

Mario Alejandro Torres is a conductor, teacher, and performer native to San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Currently based in Seattle, Washington, Mr. Torres made his Benaroya Hall conducting debut in collaboration with Maestros Ludovic Morlot and David Alexander Rahbee in an exciting concert with the University of Washington Symphony Orchestra. For the past two years, he has served in a conducting fellowship with the Seattle Symphony, assisting Maestro Morlot in collaboration with artists such as Hilary Hahn and John Luther Adams. As the Music Director of Poulsbo Community Orchestra, he has brought a new and exciting sound to the ensemble. Outside of the United States, he has conducted performances with the Eddy Snijders Orchestra in Paramaribo, Suriname, and in his hometown with the professional Chamber Orchestra of San Pedro Sula, and Victoriano Lopez School of Music Choir.

“Thrilled and grateful to be given this wonderful opportunity to serve as Music Director and Conductor of the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra,” Mr. Torres says, “this orchestra has my admiration for their professional spirit and their ability to bring excellence to their performances for the Bainbridge Island community. I am eager to share many musical moments with the BSO – as well as its beautiful and faithful audience. I look forward to supporting the organization’s artistic goals, and expanding the BSO’s engagement with the wonderful community of Bainbridge Island.”

Ms. Cantwell enthuses, “I think audiences will be delighted by the depth that Mario’s expertise will bring to performances, and I so look forward to introducing him to Islanders this fall!” Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra’s 2018 – 2019 four-concert classical series features a star-studded cast of guest performers, masterworks, beloved favorites, original compositions, and special collaborations, with EMERGENCE on November 10 & 11, 2018, MUSES on February 16 & 17, 2019, REBELLION on April 13 & 14, 2019, and VOYAGES on June 8 & 9, 2019.

Bainbridge Performing Arts extends special thanks to Media Sponsors Classical KING FM 98.1 and KCTS9 – Public Television, Community Sponsor Carly’s Rolling Bay Café, and “Youth in Music Initiative” Sponsor Wicklund Dental. BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation, the City of Bainbridge Island, and One Call for All. Find out more about BPA at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, or check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BPAonline and www.facebook.com/BainbridgeSymphonyOrchestra), follow BPA and BSO on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/bpasallyjomartine) and Twitter (@BPAPresents). Check online for the latest on theatre and symphony auditions, complete theatre school and adult class offerings, performance listings, tickets, promos, and more. Go to “About BPA” and click on “Get Our Newsletter” to receive electronic performance announcements and behind-the-scenes news.

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Written by Sally Jo Martine