Contributed photo/JP, Z, Gordon, Melinda and Anita - The Olga Symphony.

Get in the spirit with The Olga Symphony

  • Sat Nov 13th, 2021 1:30am
  • Life

Shortly after Orcas Center opened in the 1980s, the Center’s Everything But Classical Music Committee began producing its annual gift to the community: Holiday Magic. It was a fun and music-filled evening with all performers donating their time. Admission was by donation, so everyone could come. One of the acts from the very first year was The Olga Symphony. A few years later, the Symphony took over hosting duties for the show, and by the ’90s, it had morphed into The Olga Symphony concert.

This year, on Nov. 26 and 27 at 7 p.m., the gift is back! While a few things are slightly different (COVID protocols will be in place, advance ticket sales only, no guests nor intermission nor cookies, darn it!), Melinda, Gordon, Z, JP and Anita are excited to carry on playing and singing their trademark mix of Olga Symphony favorites and new songs, along with plenty of fun and jokes and fine clothes. This year, for the first time, the concert will be live-streamed both nights! So whether you are on island and attending the show, or off celebrating Thanksgiving elsewhere, you needn’t miss a thing. Both in-person and live stream tickets are still by donation that will be passed on entirety to island charities.

In-person tickets MUST be purchased in advance – to get yours (and to read and agree to the aforementioned Covid protocols), visit To watch the live stream, tune in at concert time at