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Fab four star in ‘Summer Serenade’

Cellist Sasha von Dassow presents “Summer Serenade” Saturday, at 8 p.m. at SJCT.  - Contributed photo / SJCT
Cellist Sasha von Dassow presents “Summer Serenade” Saturday, at 8 p.m. at SJCT.
— image credit: Contributed photo / SJCT

Don’t be fooled by that hint of autumn in the air. The sweet sounds of summer are still alive and well.

From classical to Gershwin, acclaimed cellist Sasha von Dassow will be accompanied by several of the San Juan Islands most accomplished musicians in presenting a “Summer Serenade” concert Saturday, Aug. 31, at San Juan Community Theatre. The show begins at 8 p.m.

A former mainstay in the cello section of the Florida Orchestra and music director and conductor of the North Port Symphony, von Dassow has mesmerized island audiences since moving back to the Pacific Northwest after 22 year in Florida. He has been a featured performer in both the Community Theatre’s Melodius Notes over the Harbor series and the summer Night Music Series.

For the Summer Serenade concert, Von Dassow will be joined on the Whittier stage by pianists Grisha Krivchenia and Sonja Zarek, and by clarinetist Sue Collado as well.

The concert will provide von Dassow with the opportunity, as he puts it, “to focus on the best of classical music that I like and also venture toward the American standard songbook.” In addition to pieces by classical composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and more, von Dassow and company will add a more modern element evening’s program with selected tunes by George Gershwin as well.

The theatre’s business partner for the concert is Islanders Bank. Tickets are $17 for adults, $8 for student reserved, with $5 student RUSH at the door. The theatre box office is open, Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., or purchase tickets online at


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