John Jamison

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December brings Valley a blizzard of music

Ordinarily I don’t write about performances that have already happened, but I must make two exceptions here and open, with apologies, on a somber note.

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A cornucopia of classical and beyond on deck in Walla Walla

Two of the great moments in the history of music will be presented to Walla Walla Symphony audiences on Nov. 17: Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 5” and Sir Edward Elgar’s “Cello Concerto in E minor.”

Column - Fall brings cascade of music to Walla Walla Valley

The annual avalanche of music events in the Valley starts rolling this month.

And now, for a little post-GOTR classical music

What a weekend! Walla Walla overrun by music-crazed fans. Businesses happy. City officials happy. Even police happy. Local and regional bands, imported bands, good music, great vibe.

Nonprofit corporation forms with a grand idea

Listening to this Valley, I’m beginning to hear a sort of resonance.

Column - Notes on a conversation with musicians

During June I’ve had the pleasure of spending time with musicians visiting here to perform with the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival. Specifically, I spoke with clarinetist Kevin Schempf, composer Jim Stephenson and pianist Wei-Han Wu.

Chamber Music Festival leads a June blizzard of performances

The Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival returns for its eighth season June 4-27 with a full complement of stunning performers and outstanding works.

‘Carmen’ a tantalizing finale to symphony’s season

Walla Walla built its first opera house, at Second Avenue and Alder Street, in 1884. It was less than a decade after Bizet introduced his opera “Carmen” to a modest reception in Paris.

Classical cocktail: Mix 18th-century with modern, shake well

Like Newton and Einstein, Sergei Prokofiev made his most original contribution to the world when he was 26.

Concerts paint musical landscapes with solitary figures

We Walla Wallans have some rich musical pickings coming up as the Walla Walla Symphony and Whitman College join to provide a festival called Music 360°. The subtitle is “Looking Back ... Reaching Forward.”

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