Symphony season begins

Double Czech, the opening concert of the 78th Port Angeles Symphony Orchestra season, features violinist Walter Schwede performing music by Dvorak and Smetana.

Schwede began studying violin when he was 8. He served as associate concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony from 1984-1997 and concertmaster of the Pacific Northwest Ballet from 1984-1988. He frequently has served as concertmaster to the Seattle Opera, including its 2001, 2002 and 2005 Wagner Ring Cycles. He teaches violin and is coordinator of string studies at Western Washington University.