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Music Sets the Scene for PSSO Spring Concert

Seattle, WA (April 28, 2014)—The Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra wraps up a celebratory 15th anniversary season with Music Sets the Scene, Saturday, May 17, 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall Seattle. "Our season finale is all about sharing different colors of music that are outside of the PSSO norm" says PSSO founder and music director Alan Shen, "like the comedic melodies of a Rossini overture, the impressionistic sea waves of La Mer, and the jazzy riffs of Gershwin’s piano concerto."

Concertgoers may recognize the eclectic program selections from the big screen: Rossini's opera semiseria, La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie) contributed to the soundtrack for Stanley Kubrick's controversial A Clockwork Orange, Debussy's La Mer is thought to have inspired the score for Steven Spielberg's summer blockbuster Jaws, and Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F played out the love story in Vincente Minnelli's An American in Paris.

The Gershwin concerto also marks the return of acclaimed pianist Sara Davis Buechner who delighted PSSO patrons last spring with her performance of Rhapsody in Blue. Buechner is equally enthusiastic about her second engagement with PSSO. "The orchestra is an energetic one, and I think it was the passion and enthusiasm of their wonderful conductor (Shen) that helped channel all that energy into a very focused and satisfying performance." She describes the Gershwin concerto as one of her favorites, "...a real homage to my former home of New York City; music that really makes you see and smell the island of Manhattan during the Roaring Twenties. He was a sentimentalist with genius for melodies that tug at the heart."

Since it's first concert in 1999, PSSO has engaged a diverse patronage. "When all of us participate in live performance together, we are reminded that the experiences we share are so much more meaningful than the things that make us different," explains Shen, with Buechner adding, "It is indeed that universality of music that connects people all over the globe, people of all races and ages and origins."

Shen's ultimate goal for the spring concert? "I want to create a fun and imaginative mood so you can start your summer with a smile." 

Founded in 1999 by Music Director and Conductor Alan Shen, the Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra (PSSO) is a non-profit community organization dedicated to sharing classical music with everyone, from the orchestra novice to the seasoned concertgoer. 

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