Concert Detail

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The Sounds of Cinema

Date and Time

Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 6:30 pm


Pine Lake Park
228th Ave SE and SE 24th St
Sammamish, WA 98075


The Sammamish Symphony presents a program of great music used in, and written for, hit films spanning eight decades. The concert will represent the cinematic worlds of comedy, drama, musical comedy, romance, horror, science fiction and fantasy. Conductor Adam Stern, a rabid film buff himself, will provide commentary on the various selections from the podium.


Evan F. Hjort, violin

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Evan Falls Hjort currently studies with Simon James of the Seattle Symphony. He has performed as a soloist with Philharmonia Northwest, The Sammamish Symphony, and The Ottawa Chamber Symphony. Evan was also pleased to solo during a Seattle Symphony performance and made his radio debut on Seattle's 98.1 Classic King FM. Evan is a 2012 and 2014 winner of the Seattle Young Artist Music Festival, as well as the winner of the SYAMF honors medal in 2014. He is also a three-time first place winner of the Simon-Fiset String Competition. In recent years, Evan was a finalist in the Coeur d'Alene Symphony concerto competition and received the Director's Award during the Conservatory Music in the Mountains concerto competition in Durango, Colorado. An avid chamber musician, Evan has soloed as part of Elgar's Introduction and Allegro for String Quartet and Orchestra and is a six-time winner of the David Tonkonogui Award for Excellence in Chamber Music. In the spring of 2014, Evan's string quartet won the Haydn Prize at the St. Paul String Quartet Competition and advanced to semifinals at the Fischoff competition. In December of 2014, Evan represented Washington state in the New York String Orchestra Seminar at Carnegie Hall. Evan is an alumni of the Meadowmount School of Music and the Brian Lewis Young Artists Program. When not playing the violin, Evan enjoys composing music, playing the piano, acting, and traveling.

Chris Barnes, tuba

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Chris Barnes is a charter class member and graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy. He attended the University of Michigan where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music, and was a member of the Symphonic Band, Orchestra, Marching Band and Men’s Glee Club. After graduation he moved to Washington State, taught music for 5 years in the public schools and then attended Western Washington University where he earned a Master of Arts degree in Conducting.

Chris’s musical experiences include performances with groups at Lincoln Center, The Academy of Music, Symphony Hall and Eastman Theater, among others. He was a member of the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club that went around the world on a concert tour culminating in the International Eisteddfod in LLangollen, Wales where the club competed and was awarded 3rd place in the men’s choir competition. He has also toured extensively throughout the United States with both vocal and instrumental ensembles.

In addition to the Seattle Wind Symphony, Chris plays locally with the Washington Wind Symphony, Brass Band Northwest, Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Festival Orchestra, Greenwood Concert Band, Pacifica Tuba Quarter and Sonare Brass Quintet. He has also played with Lake Union Civic Orchestra, Puget Brass (where he was also the conductor for a number of years), Cascade Symphony, Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra, Everett Symphony, Whatcom Chorale, North County Oratorio Society and the Vancouver Bach Choir.

Chris works as a Network Administrator for Ryther in Seattle.