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Lacey composer Schlichting to debut piece with symphony that honors his conductor grandfather

The Olympia Symphony Orchestra concludes its 65th anniversary season by “Coming Full Circle” with a program that will include a world premiere of a piece by a Lacey composer whose grandfather was one of the symphony’s earliest conductors. Composer Austin Schlichting plays viola with the Olympia Symphony Orchestra and teaches music at River Ridge High School in Lacey. His “Festschrift” pays homage to the orchestra’s history and to Fred Schlichting, who was its music director from the early 1950s to 1968. Also on Sunday’s program are the Overture to “Don Giovanni” and Beethoven’s Ninth.

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Steve Bloom sbloom@theolympian.com