Arts & Culture

Northwest Sinfonietta is one of six winners of Washington state’s 2015 Governor’s Arts and Heritage Awards

Tacoma-based chamber orchestra the Northwest Sinfonietta is one of the six 2015 recipients of Washington state’s Governor’s Arts and Heritage Awards. Governor Jay Inslee and the Washington State Arts Commission announced the recipients today of the annual awards, given to outstanding arts or cultural individuals and organizations.

The 25-year-old Sinfonietta won the award for an arts organization; other recipients include Linda Hartzell (Individual Artist award), Jamie Valadez (Heritage Individual), Northwest Heritage Resources (Heritage Organization), Heidi Arbogast (Arts Educator) and Ben Hunter (Young Arts Leader).

“This is a huge endorsement of our artistic partner model,” said Sinfonietta executive director Neil Birnbaum.

The chamber orchestra recently switched to a new leadership model, where guest partner conductors rotate through concerts and the rest of the decision-making is shared by musicians, board and staff.

The awards will be presented at a dinner at 6 p.m. Nov. 9 at Teatro ZinZanni, Seattle. Tickets are $40 and include hors d’oeuvres, a three-course dinner and entertainment. Tickets: Information:

Rosemary Ponnekanti: 253-597-8568