The Skagit Symphony opens its 2012-13 season with the GALA CONCERT at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at McIntyre Hall, located on the Skagit Valley College Campus in Mount Vernon. To open the season, a pre-concert reception will be held from 6 to 6:45 p.m. in McIntyre Hall lobby; tickets are $20. Cello soloist John Friesen will play Haydn. Tickets cost $20 to $40 and are available from McIntyre Box Office at 360-416-7727 ext. 2 or 866-624-6897. For details, visit SkagitSymphony.com.