John Jamison

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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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A conversation with music’s bright, hardworking future

Usually I write about what’s coming up in the next month, especially in classical music in the Walla Walla Valley. But so far nothing has come across my radar for July, so instead I’ll talk about what’s coming up a little further out.

The musical fruits of summer return to Walla Walla

I remember from my very earliest years, at Green Park Elementary School, rejoicing in the beginning of June.

May brings a soundtrack for Walla Walla history

We celebrated Walla Walla’s sesquicentennial in 2012. The city was incorporated in 1862, but Fort Walla Walla came first, in 1818, and the Whitmans arrived in 1836.

April showers Walla Walla Valley with torrent of music

In the 14th century, English poet Geoffrey Chaucer wrote of “Aprille with his shoures soote,” linking, in the prologue to “The Canterbury Tales,” the month of April with nature’s abundance and the torrents of spring. If alive today and living in the Walla Walla Valley, Chaucer might well turn his pen to celebrating a month of musical abundance.

Exotica music welcomes spring on Walla Walla stages

The month of birds returning from migrations brings to mind Walla Walla’s linkage with far-flung regions of the world. Musically, we get a month of exotica, of musical tourism.

Music with a heart prevails in February

This month brings heartfelt crossover music to the Walla Walla Valley.

Chamber festival brings hot music to a cold month

January is now the month for the mid-winter Walla Walla Chamber Music Winter Festival, which takes place over a generously stretched Martin Luther King weekend, this year on Jan. 16-19.

Music and the sacred: a heavenly match

Readers familiar with the Old Testament know that even ancient people held a close connection between music and the sacred.

What to listen for as the leaves fall in Walla Walla

By November we’ve settled into our school-year routines and are stacking up firewood. Time for some musical refreshment!

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