Artfully Edmonds: Edmonds Center for the Arts hosts Cascade Symphony Orchestra and Edmonds Comedy Night

Pianist Anastasia Solomatina will be the featured soloist during Cascade Symphony’s upcoming concert, performing Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto No. 2.”
By Ellen Chappelle

Cascade Symphony Orchestra (CSO) continues its 50th season with “Rachmaninoff’s Second” at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 23 at Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA). The concert will be preceded by a pre-concert lecture by Dave Beck of KUOW at 6:30 p.m.

The program will begin with the familiar Valse Triste by Sibelius, followed by La Boutique Fantasque by Rossini-Respighi. Also featured will be Gershwin’s Selections from Porgy and Bess. Finally, internationally known pianist Anastasia Solomatina will perform Rachmaninoff’s beloved Piano Concerto No. 2.

Anastasia Solomatina graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music in 2003, received her Master of Music degree in 2005 from Kazan State Conservatory of Music in Russia and began her doctoral studies there. During her last academic year in Russia, Solomatina held a position on the piano faculty at the Kazan State University of Culture and the Arts, which she relinquished in order to continue her professional activity in the United States. In September of 2009, she joined the studio of Prof. Awadagin Pratt in pursuit of a DMA degree in piano performance at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Solomatina has appeared as a soloist with orchestras in Russia, Halifax, Italy and Seattle, giving numerous recitals and receiving awards throughout Russia, Italy, Sweden and the U.S.

Tickets for all concerts are available through ECA’s website.

Also coming up at ECA:
Back for its fifth year, Edmonds Comedy Night will elicit laughter as it raises funds for Terrace Park School, a public K-8 school in the Edmonds School District.

This year’s line-up includes John Keister, host of Almost Live; Karen Rontowski, recently seen on the Late Show with David Letterman; Brian Boshes, featured at Bumbershoot and the Bridgetown Comedy Festival; and Kermet Apio, a Terrace Park parent and winner of the Great American Comedy Festival.

The event, designed to benefit programs for children throughout the Edmonds School District, will be held on Feb. 4 at ECA. The organizers of the event are offering a partnership opportunity to other Edmonds schools, as well. Schools can sign up to receive a portion of the ticket sales generated by their school.

General admission tickets are $25. VIP tickets are $55 and include a reception with appetizers and drinks as well as preferred seating in the show. The VIP party starts at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

With a background in theatre and journalism, Ellen Chappelle is perfectly poised to covers the local arts scene for My Edmonds News. She also keeps busy writing and editing for artists and small businesses, publishing an informational site for dog owners and creating handcrafted jewelry. Please keep her posted about all things artistic in Edmonds by emailing her at

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