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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.”

Cheers! February brings broad range of concerts, recitals

Not only do we now start to notice the days lengthening, but we also raise our Champagne glasses to toast.

Tchaikovsky: The solace of music in a difficult life

December is a time of joyous musical celebration. This month I focus, as I have long wished, on a single composer.

Music for and by young people a theme in November concerts

The extraordinary David Kim, in his second year on the Whitman College faculty, will give November’s First Thursday lunchtime concert at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 323 Catherine St.

Autumn concert season returns with an ‘Enigma’

It’s not just the weather change; be happy with the coming of autumn also for the return of the concert season. Whitman College, Walla Walla University and the Walla Walla Symphony all have offerings for us.

Introduce music to kids — ‘a young genius’ might be nearby

The South African Nobel Laureate J.M. Coetzee wrote in 2001 of hearing, at 15, the music of Bach (from The “Well-Tempered Clavier”) being played on the harpsichord.

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