The Olympia Symphony will offer classical music-style romance on Valentine’s Day with “Lovers Love Great Melodies,” a concert of 19th-century music and dance, plus special hotel rates, dining and more.
The orchestra’s date night includes lush, passionate music: Mascagni’s famous Intermezzo from “Cavalleria Rusticana,” Howard Hanson’s “Romantic” Symphony No. 2 (“one long Snickers bar of melody,” according to director Huw Edwards’ program notes), Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and the Rose Waltz from Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake,” including onstage dancers from Ballet Northwest.
Piano soloist Angie Zhang, originally from Portland, first played with the symphony when she was 12, and is currently a student at The Juilliard School, winning fellowships and competitions, including the recent Juilliard Concerto Competition. This will be the 19-year-old’s fifth performance with Edwards. She will be featured in the Rachmaninov piece.
Lovers Love Great Melodies
Who: Olympia Symphony, directed by Huw Edwards with Angie Zhang, piano.
When: 7 p.m. Sunday.
Where: The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia.
Tickets: From $10.