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Whatcom Symphony Orchestra Presents:

Scheherazade & Shostakovich

Soloist: Philip Fisher, piano

This piece was written by Shostakovich for his son Maxim’s 19th birthday, which is likely the reason it is much more upbeat than most of his music. As a youth, our guest pianist, Philip Fisher performed this piece for Maxim himself (Maxim being the first person to ever play it publicly.) Philip Fisher hails originally from Britain and studied at both the Royal Conservatory of Music and Juilliard in NYC.

Scheherazade is considered Rimsky-Korsakov’s most popular work, and is based on One Thousand and One Nights, sometimes known as The Arabian Nights. Steven Griffiths perhaps said it best:

“The reasons for its popularity are clear enough; it is a score replete with beguiling orchestral colors, fresh and piquant melodies, with a mild oriental flavor, a rhythmic vitality largely absent from many major orchestral works of the later 19th century, and a directness of expression unhampered by quasi-symphonic complexities of texture and structure.”


  • Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102 – Dmitri Shostakovich
  • Scheherazade, Op. 35 – Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

A pre-concert lecture about the repertoire by Dr. Ryan Dudenbostel starts at 2:15. Admission is free; but these are very popular, and fill fast!

Box Office Hours:

Monday through Friday, 10 am to show time. If there is no show, the office closes at 6:00 pm.
On weekends, the office opens 2 hours prior to show time

Special Services:

Wheelchair accessible seats are available through the Ticket Office. The Theatre is not equipped with elevators or escalators. Assisted listening devices or earplugs can be picked up at the complimentary coat check located inside the main doors. Ask an usher to obtain a booster cushion for small children. All services are subject to availability.


All sales are final. Please check your order thoroughly before making your purchase. MBT Members can exchange the value of their tickets for another MBT-presented show of equal value. Tickets must be returned to the Ticket Office before the show for an exchange. Tickets can be donated back to the Theatre at least 24 hours before the show as a tax deductable contribution.

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