Free concert to open Southwest Washington Symphony season

October 12, 2018 by  

To open its 52nd season, the Southwest Washington Symphony (SWS) will play a free concert at the Columbia Theatre in Longview, Kelso’s nextdoor neighbor.

The SWS is planning a “pops” concert, featuring songs from the movies, as well as popular tunes. The orchestra is comprised entirely of unpaid volunteers, and includes people of every age, from retired persons down to students still in high school.

Pat Martin, a member of the symphony’s auxiliary, said she is fascinated that all the orchestra members not only have the interest and skill to play at the symphonic level, but also, that they have regular day jobs. Audience members are likely to find their doctor or dentist in the group, she says, adding she finds it amazing they take the time from busy careers to study music.

The SWS began offering its free season-opening concerts approximately three years ago; it no longer charges for any performance. Martin says making the events free means more people can attend, and learn how beautiful music can be, and how important it is to a community. People managing events like this can work with a poster printing company to create attractive advertising for the day.

The concert is scheduled for this Sunday, October 14, beginning at 3:00 pm. The Columbia Theatre is on Vandercook Way in Longview, about two miles from Kelso.