Bremerton Symphony might consider move to Silverdale

"If they build a performing arts center-concert hall in Silverdale, will the Bremerton Symphony come?Perhaps.That's the latest bend in the road the Central Kitsap Community Council's Community Committee took when it decided to look into building a new library-community center complex in Silverdale.It's under consideration, the board is talking about it, said John Welsh, conductor of the Bremerton Symphony, about a possible move and name change.A very important part of our future is outreach, and regionalization, said Welsh. A move to Central Kitsap could also entail a name change, to the West Sound Symphony, to be more representative of the region.And while the talk is about a building that might not even be built, The region is growing a lot, Welsh noted.Welsh joined a group of eight community leaders named to a strategic planning committee by the Community Committee Feb. 27.Others include former Central Kitsap School District Superintendent Eugene Hertzke, former CK school board president and Olympic College professor Robert Dietz, Irene Bowling, Silverdale Chamber of Commerce executive director Sam Granato, Tom Garrison, Robin Tyner of the county's planning department and Natalie Bryson, a member of the CKCC's executive committee.They're going to look at all the different elements, how they fit, and establish a priority, said Hank Mann-Sykes, chairman of the Community Committee. The library is the key, the cornerstone. It should be built first. That's the vision and hope of the community, that we've been working on for months, and there is a vision.Other proposed elements include a community center that would incorporate teen and senior citizens centers, senior housing, a restaurant-food service provider, sheriff's precinct office, outdoor swimming pool, playground and the performing arts-concert hall-conference center.The Silverdale Rotary Club has taken on the playground as a long-term project, and is currently in the planning phase.Asked the difference between a performing arts center and concert hall, Mann-Sykes said it's in the seating.A performing arts center has about 450-500 seats, and concert hall has from 800 to 2,000 seats, he noted.He said Welsh envisions a 1,200-seat center that could be partitioned into smaller auditoriums, for community theater or concerts, with meeting rooms for conferences.So it could serve three purposes: concert hall, performing arts, and conference center, Mann-Sykes said.The Bremerton Symphony currently is housed at Bremerton High School's Performing Arts Center.It's a great venue, a beautiful hall with great accoustics. But it's utilized by the high school also, Welsh said. We're looking at somewhere we'd have enough control to meet our own needs.I'm not complaining about it, it's well-run. It's just not always available, said Welsh. "

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