September 25, 2023

Kare Bailor

Anthems of Hope, Resilience, and Passion at the Mount Baker Theatre

Cellist Efe Baltacıgil joins the Bellingham Symphony for DiLorenzo, Say, and Tchaikovsky

On November 5th, Seattle Symphony cellist Efe Baltacıgil joins the Bellingham Symphony Orchestra for Rise—a concert featuring two contemporary works paired with Tchaikovsky's "Pathetique." The first piece on the program is an anthem by Emmy-winning and Grammy-nominated composer Anthony DiLorenzo, commissioned following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, and titled "Anthem of Hope." The melodic anthem, subtitled Houston Strong, was composed to celebrate the resilience of the people of Houston in the aftermath of this devastation and to help the community heal together.

Next, cellist Efe Baltacıgil joins the orchestra for Turkish composer Fazıl Say’s powerful Concerto for Cello and Orchestra. Also known as “Never Give Up,” Say’s concerto was written in response to terror attacks in Turkey and elsewhere in Europe. Say describes the work as “an outcry for freedom and peace.” The Concerto tells the story with sections of percussion that mimic the chaos of the attacks and performance instructions such as “like a scream” juxtaposed with hopeful Turkish folk-like melodies and the sounds of rivers and birds from the orchestra.

Lastly, the program is anchored with Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6. The “Pathetique” symphony—meaning “passionate” in this context—is considered one of the greatest symphonies in history and one of the most powerful testaments of a composer.

"We are thrilled to welcome Efe back to Bellingham for this moving Cello Concerto by Fazil Say," says Music Director Yaniv Attar. "I am also particularly excited to perform Anthem of Hope by Anthony DiLorenzo, whose spouse, the brilliant cellist Meeka Quan DiLorenzo, will join us as a soloist in May!"

"This program explores dark topics while also honoring the resilience and triumphant nature of the human spirit through music. You don't want to miss this incredibly moving afternoon!"

Rise will take place at the Mount Baker Theatre on Sunday, November 5th at 3PM. 

Tickets start at just $15.

All concerts are Sundays at 3PM at Mount Baker Theatre. Tickets start at $15. For details, call the Mount Baker Theatre Box Office at (360) 734-6080 or visit the BSO website at

Doors open at 2PM. 

Our Pre-Concert Lecture led by musicologist Dr. Bertil van Boer will take place at 2:15PM in the Walton Theatre and is free for ticket holders. Seating is limited. Please note: These lectures are very popular and fill up quickly!

This concert qualifies for Classical Kids, Take-A-Teen, and Student Rush ticket discounts. Visit to learn more.

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