Synergia NW 2011 Synergia NW 2011

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In partnership with the Seattle Center, McCaw Hall,
EMP Museum and The Edgewater Hotel

Synergia Northwest 2014 presents:

MAY 29, 2014 SEATTLE, WA - On Saturday, August 23, 2014, The Pacific Northwest will mark the historic 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ 1964 Seattle performance in a big way. The milestone will be celebrated at the Seattle Center in McCaw Hall, 50 years after the Fab Four embedded themselves into the Northwest’s musical culture and Beatlemania swept the nation.

"Get Back" will be hosted by iconic disc jockey Pat O'Day, who introduced The Beatles on stage at the Seattle Center Coliseum's first ever concert - 50 years ago - on August 21, 1964 and special guest Marco Collins, the influential northwest DJ credited with breaking bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam. Both disc jockey's are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

This historic tribute will feature an all-star cast of emerging and iconic northwest musicians spanning generations. Pacific Northwest musicians will pay homage to the lads from Liverpool by performing the original set The Beatles performed at the 1964 Seattle Coliseum concert which will include Beatles classics like She Loves You and I Want to Hold Your Hand, followed by "Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band" performed in its entirety with special musical guests paying tribute to the iconic album. The Sgt. Pepper’s performance will be backed by the 50 piece Synergia Northwest Orchestra.

In addition a very special Northwest premier of Sir Paul McCartney's classical composition, "Celebration" from his second full-length release of original classical music "Standing Stone" will be performed by the Synergia Northwest Orchestra .

"Two epic events occurred on the same night," said Pat O'Day "The Beatles made Seattle a stop on their first tour of the US. The excitement cannot be adequately described with words, you simply had to be there. Tiny amps, a tinny little Coliseum house speaker system with screaming surpassing the 12th man Seahawks crowd. But, you got to see them, The immortal Beatles! It was a double thrill for me to be the Emcee that night. " Pat O'Day continued "These two events were to herald the concert business as we know it today. Frankly, that Seattle night opened our eyes to what would become Concerts West, our Seattle based firm that went on to become the largest concert company in the world. All thanks to The Beatles... And a thrill it is to join hearts, in treasured McCaw Hall, named for Marian McCaw, Mother of communication giants Craig and Bruce McCaw, who were just kids when they attended that great Beatles visit to Seattle. 50 Fabulous years ago!"

“This is surely to be a big moment in Northwest music history," said Producer and "Get Back" Music Director Michael McMorrow. "As a musician and Northwest native there is no greater honor. Producing this significant Northwest event honoring The Beatles while working alongside the people who brought The Beatles to Seattle in 1964 is a watershed moment.”

Proceeds from the "Get Back" Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles in Seattle will benefit Pacific Northwest youth music organizations for the cause of preserving and safeguarding the Northwest’s rich musical legacy. The Melodic Caring Project, an organization that combines music and technology to stream live concerts to hospitalized kids and teens will be streaming the concert to hospitalized children.

“In August of 1964, Seattle embraced Beatlemania with the first major rock concert at Seattle Center Coliseum (now KeyArena), which kicked off a 50-year music legacy in that facility and on our campus that is thriving today,” stated Seattle Center Director Robert Nellams. “We are honored to host such an innovative event at McCaw Hall this summer celebrating the inspirational legacy of The Beatles that marked the beginning of a rich Rock N’ Roll history at Seattle Center.”

Synergia Northwest - celebrating it's 5th anniversary- blends classical, contemporary, professional and student musicians into one evening of performances that unifies cultures and musical genres. The caliber of these artists, along with a world-class conductor and orchestra has produced evenings of unforgettable musical moments that have left audiences knowing they've just experienced a magical event.

Legendary Northwest artists who have already performed with the Synergia Northwest Orchestra include Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready and Stone Gossard, Alice in Chains’ guitarist Jerry Cantrell, Alan White of Yes, John Popper and Brendan Hill of Blues Traveler, Guns and Roses’ Duff McKagan, Tracy Bonham and many others. The experience of performing with the orchestra has received heartfelt reviews by the artists who have performed and many offers of returning again.

Artists for this historic event will be announced at a press conference in early July.

Tickets go on sale Monday June 2, through Ticketmaster. A limited amount of special VIP seats are available that include a pre-show meet and greet.

Final Bow May 18, 2013 The Moore Theatre, Seattle WA
Final Bow • May 18, 2013 The Moore Theatre, Seattle WA
Photo by Jerry and Lois Photography

Who We are

Michael McMorrow - Executive Producer/Musical DirectorMichael McMorrow - Executive Producer/Musical Director

Michael McMorrow is a composer, a recording artist and the producer of some of Washington State’s most prestigious and beneficial music events. If you are involved in the Northwest music community, you may know him; if not, you probably have a friend who does because McMorrow's musical thread is woven wildly throughout it. McMorrow's contributions to Seattle's music scene and community runs deep from up-and-coming artists to world renown superstars; from community events to benefits for national and international organizations.

As executive producer and musical director, Michael produces Synergia Northwest Presents, an annual concert event to raise funds and awareness for youth music in the Pacific Northwest. The series is now in its fifth year and artists performing with the 50 piece Synergia Northwest Orchestra have included members of Heart, Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, Blues Traveler, Tracy Bonham, Queensryche, YES and others. He was a main proponent in getting legislation passed in Washington State clearing the way for Music Aid Northwest's Music Matters License plate fundraising initiative that helps support school music programs in Washington State through its sales.

Michael is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, a voting member of the GRAMMYS. He was most recently appointed to the Board of Directors for Seattle Music Partners which follow the same philosophy as Synergia Northwest. Because music-learning opportunities are often limited or inaccessible, Seattle Music Partners provides a free after school music program for under-served elementary school students in Seattle's Central District. Skilled high school, college-aged and community musicians volunteer as music tutors, leading one-on-one music lessons each week. Then lessons are supplemented with a second afternoon of group instruction and ensemble work.

Michael McMorrow is currently underway with the planning of "Get Back" Celebrating the Beatles 50th Anniversary 1964 Seattle concert at McCaw Hall at Seattle Center and continues to write, record and perform on various projects as well as work on his new musical project "Idlewood".. And as always with McMorrow, new musical threads are woven and the good outcome

Dr. Bret P. Smith - Synergia Northwest Orchestra Director Dr. Bret P. Smith - Synergia Northwest Orchestra Director

Assistant Professor of Music Education (B.A., B.M. with honors, University of Washington; M.M., Ph.D., University of Michigan) Bret Smith is a teacher educator, conductor, and cellist who specializes in instrumental music education. He holds degrees in music and systematic musicology from the University of Washington, where he worked with James C. Carlsen and Barbara Reeder Lundquist, and a Master of Music and Doctor of Philosophy in music education from the University of Michigan, where his mentors were Robert L. Culver, James O. Froseth, Richard J. Colwell, and Anthony Elliott.

William Boyd - Concertmaster:
William Boyd credits include concertmaster for the 5th Avenue and Paramount Theater Orchestras as well as violinist in the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra. He has been acting principle second of the Seattle Symphony (including European Tour), co-concertmaster of the Little Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, violist with the Opus 4 Quartet, member of the Temple Quartet, concertmaster for such notables as Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, Rod Stewart among others and has numerous recording credits in radio, television and film. As a conductor, Mr. Boyd has directed the Philadelphia Junior Symphony, the Alaska Fairbanks Region Orchestra, and a variety of other orchestras and has taught in the Philadelphia Public Schools, the Federal Way, Tacoma, and Shoreline School Districts in Washington State. He is a member of the faculties of Temple University and University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Phillip (Phil) Peterson - Orchestrator/Arranger:
Phil Peterson is professional cellist as well as a sought after string arranger. A student of Richard Aaron (Cleveland Institute) and Raymond Davis (Seattle Symphony Principal cellist for 40+ years). By the age of 17 he was touring Europe with his cello. Phil is a producer who owns and operates his own studio, “The House of Breaking Glass”, and has worked with Nada Surf, Brandi Carlile, Ken Stringfellow, Chris Ballew (Presidents of the United States of America), The Grace Seattle Experimental Orchestra, LeRoy Bell, The Chronicles of Narnia (soundtrack), Steve Fisk, John Goodmanson, Tom Pfaeffle, Epitaph Records, Columbia Records, Sub Pop Records, Disney, EMI, and many more.

Amy Elyse - Production & Logistics Coordinator
Elyse joins the project with a long list of credentials of music industry events and productions. Since entering the national arena on the H.O.R.D.E tour working as music industry veteran Heidi Kelso's assistant, she has had various responsibilities on Live Nation's Pemberton Festival, House of Blues' Gorge Summer Concert Series, the European tour of Alanna Myles and the Canadian tours of Jann Arden and Melanie Doane. Her expertise also includes serving as production assistant and overseeing all performance related aspects of Phaneuf Production's DuMaurier Concert Series with The Tea Party and Orchestra and The Tea Party and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mark Naficy - Sound Reinforcement
Mark owns NAF Productions, Inc., supplier of sound, lighting and video systems for large concerts, touring bands and corporate events, and has mixed sound for artists like Soundgarden and Jeff Buckley. Mark is also known for his 17 years as a club owner, producing countless national acts and supplying rehearsal rooms as well as recording studios for the Washington music scene.

Brenna Davenport-Leigh, Hellbender Marketing/Media - Publicity
Prior to opening Hellbender in 2003, Davenport-Leigh worked for Titley & Associates Management, whose roster included nationally recognized touring and recording artists. Before joining that firm, she was head of the Artist Development/Media department for RCA/Nashville.

Bob Minkin, Minkin Design & Marketing – Website Development, Branding, Print Media
Bob is a partner in Minkin Design, a strategic marketing and design firm located in the San Francisco Bay Area. For over 20 years, he has designed and produced all forms of print and online media for clients nationally, from startups to Fortune 500 — with special emphasis on the music industry. Bob developed a breadth of CD and DVD packaging for Grateful Dead Productions, and has helped other artists and non-profits promote their music and their causes. Additionally, Bob is a renowned rock photographer with a prolific portfolio spanning 30+ years of capturing music icons such as Muddy Waters, Frank Zappa and the Grateful Dead.

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John Popper
John Popper
May 6, 2011, The Moore Theatre, WA
Photo by Jerry and Lois Photography

"I truly find it thrilling and affirming to actually belong to a community so utterly resourcefull and co-operative across so many of it's own rich aspects as to keep something so important alive and funded in such a creative and substantive way... Mind you I am merely refering to living in the greater Seattle area,where Synergia Northwest's efforts to keep music education alive and well, pay off... But to get a chance to actually participate, extends the whole experience to an absolute honor!"
John Popper

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