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Originally published Friday, April 5, 2013 at 5:00 AM

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Sammamish Symphony to play in downtown Bellevue

The Sammamish Symphony is bringing orchestral sounds back to downtown Bellevue, following the Bellevue Philharmonic’s demise in 2011. Next up: works by Dvorák, Bellini and Rietz, April 7.

Seattle Times arts writer

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For Eastside lovers of classical music who’ve been going through withdrawal symptoms since the Bellevue Philharmonic folded in 2011, here’s some good news. The Sammamish Symphony, a community orchestra led by R. Joseph Scott, has started presenting concerts at Meydenbauer Center, bringing symphonic music back to downtown Bellevue.

Next up is “From the New World,” featuring Dvorák’s Symphony No. 9 (influenced by the composer’s years in the U.S.). There are also two works on the program that highlight Seattle Symphony principal oboist Ben Hausmann’s talents as a soloist: Bellini’s Oboe Concerto and Julius Rietz’s Konzertstück for Oboe and Orchestra in F minor, Op. 33.

Rietz’s piece is an elegant neo-Mozartian concerto from 1856 — perhaps not cutting-edge for its time, but pleasantly beguiling. The concert is 2 p.m. Sunday, Theatre at Meydenbauer, 11100 N.E. Sixth St., Bellevue; $12-$16 (206-517-7777 or

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