Etcetera - 8/31/12

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How awesome is it in our town of around 32,000 that the Walla Walla Symphony is headed into its 106th season?

Its 2012-13 dance card is full, as evidenced by five full-symphonic classical concerts, three chamber music Guest Artist Soirees, free and low-cost concerts for youth and families and two performances of longstanding holiday tradition, Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Ballet.”

Yaacov Bergman, conductor and music director, is entering his 26th year with the local symphony.

Auditions are coming up for its Walla Walla Symphony Youth Orchestra on Sept. 16-17.

Directed by Jeremy Mims, instrumental students playing strings, winds, brass and percussion in eighth-12th grades are encouraged to audition for the 2012-2013 season from 3-6 p.m. Sept. 16, and 5-8 p.m. Sept. 17.

Students will be asked to sightread and should prepare a 1- to 2-minute solo. Auditioning is a requirement for all students, regardless of past participation. Auditions will be in the Whitman College music building on Park Street.

For an audition time, call Elizabeth Fleming, symphony operations and education coordinator, at 509-529-8020 or e-mail elizabeth@wwsymphony.org.

Free to all participants, the youth orchestra presents several free public concerts during the season. Rehearsals are Mondays from 6:30-8 p.m at Garrison Middle School.

Parents, musicians and music teachers interested in being involved with and supporting the youth orchestra may contact Elizabeth.

The symphony’s education programs include musician visits and performances in local schools, a free instrument lending library, an annual free Rock ’n’ Roll camp and the Youth Orchestra.

Each season more than 8,000 Walla Walla Valley residents, students and families experience live classical music.


Washington State Assessment Mathematics Data Review selected Homelink teacher Kate Venneri to participate on the Grades 3-5 Committee.

She and other educators across the state will review data from scoring pilot items and evaluating the items for future use in the Washington Comprehensive Assessment Program.

This work requires that team members understand what the state K-12 mathematics standards look like in a math classroom.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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