A Salmon Run And Rock Music: Inspiration For A New Northwest Fanfare

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Austin Schlichting's "Nisqually River Run" draws inspiration from one man's passions for the outdoors and music. CREDIT: Joe Dyvig


Composer Austin Schlichting was raised in Bellingham and currently works as a music educator in Lacey. Last year he partnered with the Olympia Symphony to write and premier a new piece celebrating the Orchestra’s 65th Anniversary

His new work for the Olympia Symphony is Nisqually River Run: A Fanfare to the Pacific Northwest

Schlichting recently spoke to NWPB’s Anjuli Dodhia about the origins and inspirations for Nisqually River Run, which premiers on the Olympia Symphony’s March 2019 concert, “Around the Horn.”

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