Synergia Northwest 2011
As the house lights went down in Seattle’s Moore Theatre and the orchestra hit the customary, hall filling concert A, a familiar energy surfaced once again as Dr. Nikolas Caoile led the 50 piece Synergia Orchestra through the opening number; Beethoven’s Egmont Overture. Synergia Northwest ‘s sophomore event was underway. By the end of the evening Synergia Northwest 2011 beautifully fulfilled it’s mission, blending classical, contemporary, professional and student musicians into one concert, unifying musicians across cultures, ages and musical genres all in the name of Washington State Youth Music Education.
“It was like we picked up right where we left off in 2010” Said Synergia Northwest Producer and Musical Director Michael McMorrow. “I believe moving the 2nd event to Seattle and the Moore Theater was a big test for us, we knew we had to step up what we did in Tacoma last year, remain faithful to our concept while providing a place where concert goers and musicians alike can participate in an emotional and moving musical experience while sharing in a cause that runs deep for all who attend; providing extended learning, enrichment and performance opportunities to Northwest area students who would not have the necessary financial resources.
“As the concert took shape, it’s musical format began to emerge; a continuous piece broken into two sets that weaved in and out of genre and encapsulated centuries of music within a two hour performance. Included in this years event were Seattle’s own Queensrÿche, Alan White and his band White, John Popper and Brendan Hill of Blues Traveler, Shawn Smith of Brad, former members of Heart, Geoffrey Castle, Tennis Pro, Kokon Taiko and many others, all backed by the highly skilled Synergia Northwest Orchestra.
Among this years beneficiaries were Music Matters the self-perpetuating fundraising proposal to help support school music programs through sales of a distinctive new license plate, available through the Washington State Department of Licensing. These special license plates will now be available to purchase by every car owner in Washington State in January 2012.
Plans for the 3rd annual Synergia Northwest concert are already underway and although no specifics have been released, Synergia Northwest 2012 is bound to be another wonderful musical journey full of many surprises.
A BIG thank you to all of our performers, our staff and crew (the best of the best) our wonderful volunteers, photographers and all of our sponsors: the Seattle Theatre Group (STG), The Moore Theatre, Musicworks Northwest, Washington Music Educators Association, NAF Productions, Stenide Lighting, Northwest Video Wall, Drifting Homeward Music, Music Aid Northwest and Central Washington University.
Synergia Northwest 2011,
Moore Theatre, Seattle, WA
Synergia Orchestra – Egmont Overture (Ludwig Van Beethoven)
Geoffrey Castle – Istanbul
Synergia Orchestra – Westside Story Medley (Leonard Bernstein)
Tennis Pro w/ Synergia Orchestra – Rounding up the Frightened Pets
Tennis Pro w/ Synergia Orchestra – Dance Hit Number 1
Tennis Pro w/ Synergia Orchestra – We Put The Punk In Punctuation
Synergia Orchestra – Russian Easter Overture
Shawn Smith w/ Synergia Orchestra – Don’t Lie to Me
Shawn Smith w/ Synergia Orchestra – Someday
Shawn Smith w/ Synergia Orchestra – Wrapped in My Memory
Marty Riemer and Music Aid Northwest’s Bob Tomberg
Kokon Taiko Drums
Heart by Heart (Steve Fossen, Somar Macek) – w/Mike Derosier, Scotty Olson w/ Synergia Orchestra – Dog and Butterfly (Heart)
Heart by Heart- w/ Mike Derosier,Scotty Olson w/ Synergia Orchestra – Alone (Heart)
Heart by Heart – w/ Mike Derosier, Roger Fisher, Scotty Olson and Geoffrey Castle w/Synergia Orchestra – Magic Man (Heart)
John Popper and Brendan Hill, Michael McMorrow, Scotty Olson, Steve Fossen, Somar Macek, w/ Synergia Orchestra – Golden Slumbers /Carry That Weight /The End (Drum solo w/ Brendan Hill and Mike Derosier) (McCartney / Lennon)
Synergia Orchestra & Alan White and WHITE – Stravinsky Finale Firebird Suite
Alan White and WHITE w/ Synergia Orchestra – Beyond the Sea of Lies (White)
Alan White and WHITE w/ Synergia Orchestra – Changes (Yes)
Alan White and WHITE w/ Synergia Orchestra w/ Kokon Taiko/Blue Thunder – Ritual (Nous Sommes Du Soleil) (Yes)
Synergia Orchestra – China Doll (Garcia/Hunter)
Queensryche – Silent Lucidity
Queensryche – Rhythm of Hope
Queensryche – Around the World
Queensryche – Real World
With all Synergia Northwest Artists and Audience – Barracuda (Heart) and Instant Karma (John Lennon and The Plastic Ono Band)