Bremerton’s symphony orchestra will begin its new season with a new name.
Following its first significant name change in its 78-year history, the Bremerton Westsound Symphony will kick off its 2019-20 season Oct. 19 with the first of nine programs stretching over fall, winter and spring.
It will be the 10th season for Alan Futterman on the podium as music director.
Beginning life as the Bremerton Symphonic Orchestra in 1942, the company tweaked the name slightly — from “Symphonic” to “Symphony” at some undetermined point.
The season starts with a first-ever concert at the Marvin Williams Center in Bremerton. The 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 program, “Birds of a Feather,” is subtitled, “The Magic of Stravinsky’s Firebird.”
The rest of the season, as announced at the Symphony’s May 18 “Beethoven’s Ninth” concert:
Sunday, Nov. 10, 3 p.m. — “Movie Music Masterworks & Brahms,” at the Bremerton Performing Arts Center: Brahms’ Violin Concerto, with guest soloist Lara Lewison, plus music from movies of Charlie Chaplin and Boris Karloff.
Sunday, Nov. 24, 3 p.m. — Handel’s “Messiah” at Saint Gabriel Church, 1150 Mitchell Ave. SE, Port Orchard.
Sunday, Dec. 15, 3 p.m. — “Merry & Bright” at the Bremerton Performing Arts Center: Holiday classics plus Mexican Christmas music by Music Director Alan Futterman.
Sunday, March 15, 3 p.m. — “Fairy Tales & Legends” at the Bremerton Performing Arts Center: “Scheherazade,” plus “Peter and the Wolf” featuring performances by Peninsula Dance Theatre dancers.
Tuesday, March 24, 10:30 a.m. — OrKIDstra at Bremerton Performing Arts Center: “Peter & The Wolf.”
Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19 — Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony and Blooming Brilliance. 7:30 p.m. April 18 at Lincoln Avenue Bible Church, 1250 Lincoln Ave., Bremerton, and 3 p.m. April 19 at Silverdale Lutheran Church, 11701 Ridgepoint Dr.: The revolutionary fire of Beethoven’s Third Symphony, plus Young Artist Competition winners.
Sunday, May 17, 3 p.m. — “Fanfare to the Fallen – Memorial Day Tribute” at the Central Kitsap High School Performing Arts Center, 3850 NW Anderson Hill Rd., Silverdale: Yehudi Menuhin Competition Winner Sophie Lee performs the Beethoven Violin Concerto, plus memorial music from the Mozart Requiem, the Verdi Requiem, and the Berlioz Requiem.
Sunday, June 7, 3 p.m. — Rising Stars Showcase at Bremerton United Methodist Church, 1150 Marine Dr.: Young Artist Competition winners perform.
Information: 360-373-1722, bremertonsymphony.org.