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Classical Concerts

Shakespeare in Love

October 10, 2015| 7:30pm
The Capitol Theatre

This program includes music from the 1998 film of the same title, which dealt with Shakespeare’s life around the time he was writing Romeo and Juliet. Also on the program are the two greatest symphonic masterworks based on that play, by Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev, and Nicolai’s overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Oh, the Drama!

November 14, 2015 | 7:30pm, The Capitol Theatre

A concert of dramatic music from some of Shakespeare’s most dramatic plays. Music by Dmitri Shostakovich written for the 1964 Soviet film version of Hamlet will be interspersed with clips from this film, considered by many to be the definitive screen presentation of the play. The program also features Dvořák’s overture to Othello, and Elgar’s very dramatic Cello Concerto, performed by Joshua Roman.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

February 6, 2016 | 7:30pm, The Capitol Theatre

This all-Mendelssohn concert includes the incidental music to Shakespeare’s comic masterpiece, featuring the orchestra joined by the Yakima Symphony Chorus with soloists and an actor. The program opens with Elena Urioste performing Mendelssohn’s beloved Violin Concerto.

A Stormy Night: Musical depictions of Shakespeare’s The Tempest

March 19, 2016 | 7:30pm, The Capitol Theatre

Believed to be Shakespeare’s final play, The Tempest has inspired music by a multitude of composers. This program includes three: Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, and 19th-century American composer John Knowles Paine. This season’s Gold Medal Classical Concert also features pianist Stanislav Khristenko, gold medalist of the 2013 Cleveland International Piano Competition, playing the stormy First Piano Concerto of Franz Liszt.

From Romeo and Juliet to West Side Story

May 14, 2016 | 7:30pm, The Capitol Theatre

Joined by the Yakima Symphony Chorus and outstanding vocal soloists, the YSO will perform highlights from Berlioz’s epic masterpiece Romeo and Juliet, as well as highlights from the Bernstein-Sondheim classic West Side Story, which of course is a modern adaptation of that play.

Pops Concerts

Cirque de la Symphonie

September 26, 2015 | 7:30pm, The Capitol Theatre

The YSO season opener is a program of exciting orchestra music professionally choreographed for aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers and strongmen. With veterans of exceptional cirque programs from throughout the world, Cirque de la Symphonie performances mix visual and musical drama with fun and entertaining presentation.

Christmas Pops Spectacular

December 6, 2015 | 4:00pm, The Capitol Theatre

The YSO’s annual family-friendly holiday favorite features the Yakima Symphony Chorus in a program of traditional Christmas favorites, including an audience sing-along, in addition to an annual special guest ensemble to give this Sunday afternoon program a unique twist.

Home Grown: Planes on Paper, Mikey & Matty

February 27, 2016 | 7:30pm, The Capitol Theatre

The YSO highlights Yakima’s rich local music scene in a collaboration with singer/songwriter duos Planes on Paper and Mikey and Matty. Planes on Paper has been described as “a truly beautiful musical partnership” (indie-music.com) whose music is a “showcase of pure, unadulterated song craft” (Seattle Music Insider); the Yakima Herald-Republic has hailed brothers Mikey and Matty Gervais as being “on par with anything else the Northwest folk scene has produced.”

What a Wonderful World – A Tribute to Louis Armstrong

April 23, 2016 | 7:30pm, The Capitol Theatre

Lawrence Golan, Conductor

Jim Witter, piano and vocals

A musical journey through the ‘60s and ‘70s featuring the timeless music of
Simon & Garfunkel, from the artist who delighted a sold-out Capitol Theatre in 2012 with The Piano Men, Music of Billy Joel and Elton John.


Día de los Muertos

October 24, 2015 | 7:30pm, The Seasons Performance Hall

Since 2006, the YSO has collaborated with the Yakima-Morelia Sister City Association to recognize this seasonal Mexican traditional celebration of life. This year’s program features the Yakima Symphony Chorus in Mozart’s timeless Requiem, along with his Clarinet Concerto and the customary performance of Meyer’s festive “Día de los Muertos.”

A Comedy of Errors

January 9, 2016 | 7:30pm, The 4th Street Theatre (age 21 and over)

In prior years, the annual ‘multisensory concert’ has paired Yakima Valley wines, ballet performance, exquisite desserts and live painting with great music; this year’s inspiration begins with Shakespeare’s greatest comedies, with the Beatrice and Benedict Overture by Berlioz, Korngold’s suite from Much Ado About Nothing, and Arthur Sullivan’s Incidental Music to The Tempest. YSO principal bassoonist Ryan Hare performs in full 1970s Elvis regalia in Michael Daugherty’s concerto Dead Elvis, and the evening will be rounded out with Shakespearean-themed ales and a comedy troupe.