Hello Friends of Cascadia Music
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What Just Happened? We’ve had an amazing spring of music that capped our 2016-17 season, and it was great to see so many of you at the shows. Our annual Pipestone Music Days was a big success that drew a SRO (standing room only) crowd to the Methow Valley Community Center. The Cascadia Chorale and the Pipestone Orchestra, joined by several talented guests, including violinist Vanessa Moss, and Methow vocalist Rebecca Kinney, performed a wide array of music. Highlights included The Lark Ascending by Vaughn Williams, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony (the whole thing!), and a world premiere of I Have A Dream – a composition by Pipestone’s Music Director Matt Armbrust. If you were there and wondering…those 75 teenagers that showed up after intermission were a visiting band from North Kitsap that played in Winthrop the next day at 49’er Days.
The Papillon String Quartet had the honor of being the one of the first group of musicians to play at Winthrop’s new Confluence Park. The Papillon String Quartet is comprised of violinists Keeley Brooks and Lena Nelson, violist Simon Studen and cellist Stephanie Strong. All are Liberty Bell High School students and serious musicians. They meet regularly to rehearse with their coach Pam Hunt, and are always looking for events to play at.
We were thrilled to be able to bring back The Westerlies for a riveting performance at The Merc Playhouse. This is a unique all-brass group of young men originally from Seattle, and now living in New York City. They have Methow Valley connections, and have become a favorite musical attraction here. Plans are afoot to include an extended Methow stay for The Westerlies in the future, which could include master classes and other educational opportunities.
Summer Music Camp – This year marks the 10th year of the Pipestone Summer Music Camp! Our day camp runs Monday through Friday, July 31 to August 4 from 9:30 to 5:00. Students of violin, viola, cello, piano and guitar participate in an intensive week of music study with excellent coaches from professional orchestras in Spokane, Seattle and Wenatchee, as well as local teachers Pam and Terry Hunt. Students come from as far as Seattle and Boise, Idaho because of the low teacher student ratio. We even have a young cellist from Germany this year! There is still room at camp if you haven’t registered yet. The final concert at 4:00 on Friday, August 4 in the MV Community Center gym is open to the public. We hope you can all attend.
Jazz Jam Session in the Beer Garden – Friday July 21. Doors open at 6:30, music runs from 7 to 9 pm. Join the great Atlanta jazz pianist James Schneider, along with locals Terry Hunt, Howie Johnson, Kirk Schumacher, and George Schneider – and more on-stage guests – at the long-missed Twisp River Suites and Pub beer garden. This is an event for listeners, musicians, and singers. Drinks will be available. $10 at the door.
Pierre Bensusan – September 16, 7:00 pm at The Merc Playhouse. Winner of the Independent Music Award, in the Live Performance Album category for his latest triple live album “Encore” (2014), “Rose d’Or” of the Montreux Festival for his first album, “Près de Paris” (Switzerland, 1976), “Best World Music Guitar Player ” by the readers of Guitar Player Magazine (USA, 2008), Pierre Bensusan is recognized as one of the premier musicians of our time. $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets available at Pierre Bensusan.
Four Hand Music – Saturday Sept. 23, 7 pm . Methow Valley pianists Lynette Westendorf and Maggie Coon will be presenting a recital of piano four-hand music as a benefit for Cascadia Music at the Merc Playhouse in Twisp. Maggie and Lynette have been playing casually together for a couple of years, and decided that an evening honoring Cascadia would be the ideal way to present their first full public recital. All music performed will be from the familiar four-hand repertoire, including works by Schubert, Beethoven, Debussy, and Lecuona.
Each month, we present a short feature about someone in the Cascadia Music community, meant to INSPIRE! If you have an idea about this, please let us know!
Ryan Brennan has been performing with the Cascadia Chorale since 2011, when he moved to Twisp. He was glad to experience the leadership of Suzanne Johnson in her last year as chorale director, and to be a part of the transition as current director Dana Stromberger moved from singer to director. Ryan has been singing since age 3, and considers Joni Mitchell to be one of his earliest musical influences. Now, he credits Dana and the Chorale with building his confidence as a performer, helping him to relax in front of an audience, and providing him with a creative outlet.
The most significant aspects of being a member of the Chorale include the strong friendships and community support, being surrounded by talented and hardworking musicians that have
become like a second family, and the opportunities to grow as an artist. Currently, Ryan is collaborating with piano accompanist Lynnette Westendorf to set his poetry to music. He is intrigued by the process of composing original music to complement his poetry. His goal is to have the chorale perform a new piece at the next Winter Concert.
When asked if he could choose a favorite from among his many Cascadia performances, Ryan said “no.” However, he particularly enjoyed singing a traditional folk song, Shenandoah, at the last concert. The process of working through the parts, listening to how his tenor voice and the voices of his colleagues change over the season helps to bring the desired sound into focus. By the last rehearsals, Ryan believes the Chorale always sounds good, but during a performance “something magical happens” for performers and audience members to share together.
Opportunities for Friends of Cascadia Music
Cascadia Music has joined with many other local non-profits in using the new Volunteer Methow website. When we have a special need for help, we’ll post it there. If you just want to know more about helping out, email us or call.
A Special Thank You to…
… the sponsors of our past season:
- Bear Creek Lumber
- Rhinehart Construction
- J. Bart Bradshaw
- Methow Suites
- Hank’s Harvest Foods
- Twisp River Suites
- Tall Timber Construction
- Cascades Outdoor Store
- Bill & Sandy Moody
- Chris Clark & Katherine Bill
- Mark & Carol Rhinehart
- Bill & Diana Hottell
- Mike Real
- Kelly & Teri Donoghue
- Ann Henry
- Jim Kalberer
- David Weidig & Rasa Tautvydas Carolanne
- & Egon Steinebach
- Lyn & John Roth
- Carolyn Sullivan
- The Law Office of Michael T. Brady
- Lynette Westendorf
- Josephine Bristol
- MV Chamber Music Fest
- Methow Valley Fund
- Icicle Fund
Thank you to everyone who supports us!
Cascadia Music is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that relies on – and really appreciates – your support.