Community is our Heart

In these uncertain times, Kirkland Civic Orchestra’s desire to make music is not diminished, nor is our desire to bring that music to our community. With physical distancing measures in place that make rehearsing together a logistical nightmare (imagine 70 players separated by 6 feet–that’s a big space!), we’ve looked at using click tracks and other technologies, and have found them impractical for our group.

So we’re taking a leaf from the scores of other performing arts groups, and are digging into our archives. We’ve been recording concerts for years, but have never had the impetus to actually do the post-production work and rendering. With ample time on our hands, we’re planning a “virtual season” of four special broadcasts of past recordings using Facebook Live. Simply go to our Facebook page to view them!

  • April 26, 2020, 3 pm (PST) – Reprise of Frenemies, Part I: Brahm’s Symphony No. 2. [watch now]
  • May 31, 2020, 3 pm (PST) – Reprise of Russian Masters, Part I: Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op. 36 (Rimsky-Korsakov); Andante cantabile from String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11 (Tchaikovsky); Violin Concerto No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 61 (Saint-Saëns),which features local favorite and award-winning violinist Charlotte Marckx of the Sempre Sisters. [watch now]
  • June 28, 2020, 3 pm (PST) – Reprise of Frenemies, Part II:  Tchaikovsky’s Violin concerto, featuring again local favorite and award-winning violinist Charlotte Marckx of the Sempre Sisters. [watch now]
  • July 26, 2020, 3 pm (PST) – Reprise of Russian Masters, Part II: Symphony No. 12 in D Minor, Op. 112 (Shostakovich)  

We hope that these few hours of classical music help soothe your souls and bring you a little bit of the joy we had in performing them. Recordings will be posted afterward on our YouTube channel so you can continue to enjoy them.

P.S. Depending on how physical distancing measures change between now and summer, we’re hoping to perform at the Ballard Locks on August 30–watch our social media channels for the most up-to-date information!

Concerts cancelled

Good news and bad news:

The bad news, which should come as no surprise, is that we are also cancelling our May 31 Concert. Given the ongoing physical distancing needed to combat the pandemic, we would not have enough rehearsals to present a concert that we could be proud of.

The good news is that we are working towards another rebroadcast on Facebook Live! If we can get that working, we’re hoping to put on several “virtual flashbacks.”

Stay tuned for more updates!

In the meantime, please enjoy a recording of one of our concerts from March 19, 2017. Tuba Concert in F minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams, with soloist J.c. Sherman on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0mhQheGURw&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR1v-7MQDIMNK6Xvp8CeeTX4AHmHOsERDx8QkhAS0Dt-enpZlHSf34izFoY

We are looking forward to the time when we can again play for you in person!

Wishing you the best to stay healthy and safe from our Kirkland Civic Orchestra family to yours!

Kirkland Civic Orchestra 2018-2019 Season

Kirkland Civic Orchestra is pleased to announce its fifth season bringing great classical music to greater Eastside and Seattle audiences.

The 2018-2019 season kicks off November 11, 2018 with a concert entitled “Frenemies,” a play on the legendary rivalry between Brahms and Tchaikovsky. KCO will perform Brahms’ second symphony, and Tchaikovsky’s Violin concerto, which will feature local favorite and award-winning violinist Charlotte Marxx of the Sempre Sisters.

KCO will once again join the Northwest University Choirs at Benaroya Hall for a celebration of Christmas music. Tickets for the December 4, 2018 concert are available through the Benaroya Hall box office.

The new year kicks off with “By Dedication,” on March 17, 2019, featuring pieces dedicated to one composer from another: Busoni’s Overture and Vaughan Williams’ 5th Symphony, both dedicated to Sibelius, and Sibelius’ 7th Symphony, his final symphonic work.

As we emerge from the darkness of winter, our May 19, 2019 spring concert explores “Shadows and Light,” with Whitacre’s richly harmonic Lux Aurumque, in an orchestral adaptation, Debussy’s symphonic poem Afternoon of a faun, and two Vaughan Williams’ pieces: A Road All Paved with Stars and Lark Ascending.

The season ends at the beginning of summer with a free pops concert in the English Garden at the Ballard (Chittenden) Locks, where we invite the audience to bring their lawn chairs and picnics, and enjoy movie and patriotic favorites and our spectacular Seattle summer weather.

Regular season concerts take place at Butterfield Chapel on the Northwest University campus in Kirkland, and are free to the public, though tickets are advised as seating is limited. Tickets are available from our website, Facebook page (www.facebook.com/KirkOrch), and via Eventbrite (kirklandorchestra.eventbrite.com).

Kirkland Civic Orchestra is an all-volunteer symphony orchestra that relies on the generosity of our players, our audience and institutions like 4Culture and corporate matching programs to fulfill our mission of enriching the lives of all members of our community through unique and high quality musical experiences.

Conductor and Music Director

James Truher

James TruherJames has been a professional musician since 1982.  He has degrees in Vocal Performance and Choral Conducting as well as study toward a Masters of Arts in Musicology from California State University at Los Angeles. In 1983 Jim made his conducting debut with the Pasadena Chorale and Orchestra with his orchestration of ‘Rejoice in the Lamb’ by Benjamin Britten.

Jim has studied conducting with Roger Wagner, William Hatcher and Sergio Siminovich and specializes in music from the Medieval to Baroque periods. Locally, he conducted the Anton Bruckner Symphony No. 4 in E-flat Major and Vaughan Williams 3rd symphony in the Northwest Mahler Festival reading sessions in 2004 and 2014, and has sung with the Tudor choir. James served as the Assistant Conductor for the Lake Union Civic Orchestra for the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 seasons.

Jim joined the Microsoft Corporation in 1999. He is currently a Senior Tester in the Office team. Jim’s leadership of the Kirkland Civic Orchestra started in 2004, during the time when the orchestra was then called the Microsoft Orchestra.