Festive flutists to spread holiday joy in Bellevue on Dec. 3

  • Thursday, November 23, 2017 11:30am
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Hundreds of lucky local shoppers and other community members “out and about” on Sunday, Dec. 3, will get a special holiday treat when they cross paths with Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Festive Flutes.

Every year, this group of two dozen or more enthusiastic young flutists from BYSO’s top ensembles tours around the Eastside spreading holiday joy to the community with short performances of Christmas carols, Hanukkah songs and other feel-good favorites of the holiday season.

This year’s stops on Dec. 3 include the Evergreen Court Retirement Community at 3 p.m., Crossroads Mall at 4:30 p.m. and Bellevue Botanical Garden’s “Garden d’Lights” at 6 p.m.

The Festive Flutes will wrap up their tour with a performance in Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Magic of Mistletoe concert later that evening. The concert begins at 7 p.m. and will be held at the Newport High School Performing Arts Center, located at 4333 Factoria Blvd. SE in Bellevue.

Holiday concerts

BYSO’s 362 students, ages 7 to 17, will present three holiday concerts suitable for all ages on Sunday, Dec. 3, at Newport High School Performing Arts Center.

Tickets ($12-$18) will be available at the door.

2 p.m.: BYSO’s entry-level orchestras, Cadet String Orchestra and Debut String Orchestra, present Jingle Bell Jubilee, featuring Jingle Bell Rock, a Hanukkah medley, and selections from The Nutcracker, among others.

4 p.m.: BYSO’s intermediate full orchestras, Premiere Orchestra and Sinfonia, present Snowfl ake Season, featuring Mozart’s Sleigh Ride, a fun medley of holiday “pops,” Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of the Flowers, and more.

7 p.m.: The BYSO Percussion Ensemble and Festive Flutes join BYSO’s most advanced orchestras, Philharmonia and Youth Symphony, to present Magic of Mistletoe. Works by Dvořák, Vaughn Williams, and Chabrier will be featured, along with a seasonal medley by local arranger Ralph Matesky.

Visit www.byso.org for concert, ticket and location information.

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