Sean Brown will be the soloist of Saratoga Orchestra’s 11th season opening concert this weekend. He’ll perform an original composition and play the horn. “I consider it the biggest opportunity of my life,” Brown said. Photos by Patricia Guthrie/Whidbey News-Times

Saratoga Orchestra concerts Saturday and Sunday in Freeland and Oak Harbor

Sean Brown will perform an original composition on horn

Sean Brown has perfect pitch.

Not in baseball but in music. A French horn player, the 2004 Coupeville High graduate is also a music teacher, composer and father of three.

This weekend, he’ll be featured as a soloist for Saratoga Orchestra’s opening 2017-2018 season. He’ll play an original composition, “The Reverence.”

“I consider it the biggest opportunity of my life,” Brown said.

Accompanying him will be two Oak Harbor High School students, Allison Wenzel and Jordan George.

The orchestra will also play music of Mozart and Louise Farrenc, a French composer of the 1800s who was mostly ignored because she was a woman.

The French horn, more correctly known as just the horn, is “the instrument of the year” chosen by audience members last season, said Larry Heidel, executive director.

“The horn was the number one choice and oboe was next,” he said. “It’s a way to engage with the audience and make them feel part of the process.”

Saratoga Orchestra is comprised of professional musicians from all over Whidbey Island. Depending on the pieces of music being perform, between 35 to 50 musicians take the stage. Conductor is Anna Edwards.

Saratoga Orchestra performances: 7 p.m. (6:15 pre-concert chat) Saturday, Nov. 4 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Freeland; 2:30 p.m. (1:45 p.m. pre-concert chat) Sunday, Nov. 5 at First Reformed Church, Oak Harbor.

Tickets: Adults $25; seniors $20; 18 and under; free.

Music is an important part of Sean Brown’s life. The 2004 Coupeville High School graduate plays French horn, more properly known as just the horn, teaches music, writes music and lives with an elementary school teacher/musician, his wife, Holly Brown. Their 3-year-old son, Logan (Seahawks shirt) also likes to carry around a miniature toy horn.

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