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.
The Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival returns for its eighth season June 4-27 with a full complement of stunning performers and outstanding works.
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.
Like Newton and Einstein, Sergei Prokofiev made his most original contribution to the world when he was 26.
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.”
Not only do we now start to notice the days lengthening, but we also raise our Champagne glasses to toast.
December is a time of joyous musical celebration. This month I focus, as I have long wished, on a single composer.
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.
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.
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.