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GHPSO’s year opens with October 29th autumn concert

The Gig Harbor Peninsula Symphony Orchestra (GHPSO) announces its 2011-2012 season, “Musical Interludes.” Opening the series is an Autumn Concert with “rediscovered” music from Mozart, Joplin and Gounod, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 29, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 7701 Skansie Avenue in Gig Harbor.

“Our initial program features our fine Clarion Quartet,” states GHPSO Artistic Director Louie Labayen. “These musicians, led by Bryan Buchanan, promise to entertain with an eclectic collection of compositions by Scott Joplin, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, and also Looney Tunes.

Special treats will follow. Costumes are encouraged. A suggested donation of $5 per child, $10 per adult and $25 per family will benefit the orchestra but admission is free.

“Musical Interludes” will continue with the annual Christmas Concert on December 10th, featuring the fabulous Signature Brass Quintet, organist extraordinaire Jeff Orr and dramatic soprano Meg Daly. The season will continue into 2012 with the Spring Concert on March 10th to conclude the season, feature the Rubicund Flute and Guitar Duo. St. John’s Episcopal church will host all concerts.

Labayen notes that GHPSO’s new season, like those of many orchestras across the country, is one contracted by current economic factors, looking to reinvent their community programs and test new models for sustainability. Committed to keeping the music alive in Gig Harbor, the orchestra’s board has balanced continued musical creativity with fiscal responsibility.

GHPSO, founded in 2005 to bring great music on a professional level to the Gig Harbor, Key and Lower Peninsula areas, is a 501(c)3 non-profit. The group receives significant sponsorship from the Gig Harbor Arts Commission, HarborStone Credit Union, MultiCare Health System, St. John’s Episcopal Church and other private donors. More musicians and volunteers are sought.

For more information on GHPSO, call (253) 238-6035 or go to