Newsletter October 2017

Hello Friends of Cascadia Music,
We hope you enjoy our monthly newsletter, which you can also read on our website.  Please forward this to your friends if you think they would be interested!  If you were forwarded this email, and would like to be on our mail list, please let us know at
What Just Happened?
September was a great month for Cascadia. At our September 16 show Pierre Bensusan wowed the audience with his guitar playing, story telling, and singing. We’re already talking seriously with Pierre about returning to the Methow as part of his 2019 tour.  And on Sept. 23, we presented Four Hand Music, with local pianists Lynette Westendorf and Maggie Coon.  The concert was a great success, and Maggie and Lynette generously donated the proceeds to Cascadia Music.  Thank you to them and to those of you who attended.

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Maggie Coon and Lynette Westendorf
Upcoming Events 
Kairos – Friday, Nov. 3, at 7 pm – We are very excited to be bringing this group to the valley. A quartet from 1993 to last year, Kairos is now focusing on the piano trio repertoire and augmenting performances with special collaborations with distinguished artists.  For this performance, violinist Carrie Rehkopf and cellist John Michel will be joined by the incredible pianist Stephen Beus.  Hear the music of Brahms, Beethoven, Bach, and Mendelssohn.  Check out the Kairos website. General admission is $20, students $5.  Tickets available at the door, or in advance at
Ariel Horowitz with Laura Love and Terry Hunt – Friday, November 24 at 7 pm –. We have a Thanksgiving weekend treat in store for you at Sun Mountain Lodge: Ariel was a violin student of Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho at The Juilliard School as a recipient of the Arnold R. Deutsch/Dorothy DeLay Scholarship.  She now studies at Yale with Ani Kavafian. Ariel’s solo appearances also include performances with the Neue Philharmonie Westphalia, Raanana Symphonette, Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, Carmel Symphony Orchestra, New Albany Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, and the Doctor’s Orchestral Society of New York as well as numerous recitals in the United States, Italy, France, Israel, Brazil, and Argentina. Ariel was featured on National Public Radio’s From The Top with pianist Christopher O’Reily in 2012, and at the From The Top Annual Gala in 2014. Ariel will be performing with local musical legends Laura Love and Terry Hunt! Tickets available at the door, $20.

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Ariel Horowitz


Pipestone Chorale and Orchestra News
Cascadia Chorale is well into preparations for the December holiday concert. We are currently at an all-time high of 57 singers and working hard to get those vocal cords back in shape! Director Dana Stromberger has chosen a program sure to include something to please just about everyone! The singers are especially excited to perform several choruses and possibly a couple of solo airs from Handel’s beloved “Messiah” accompanied by the Pipestone Orchestra. Mark your calendars for December 12 and 13…you won’t want to miss this annual community celebration of music and song. Chorale questions can be directed to Dana Stromberger (509) 322-6249 or
The Pipestone Orchestra is rehearsing Thursday evenings fro 6:30- 8:30 in Room 3 at the Methow Valley Community Center. Questions to Matt
Give Methow      

It is Give Methow time again! Cascadia Music appreciates any and all support and are grateful for the opportunity to encourage the musical growth of our community.  Just click on this link to Give Methow, and scroll down to find Cascadia Music.  The rest is easy.  Thank you in advance!

Cascadia Stories
Each month, we present a short feature about someone in the Cascadia Music community, meant to INSPIRE!  This month…
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“Without music life would be a mistake.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
Irmgard and Herbert Wimberger have been members of the Pipestone Orchestra since its inception. They both grew up in musical families. They both played piano, and Irmgard also sang. Herbert played recorder as well, and Irmgard joined in for what they both called “self defense”. They raised their children, played recorder together, and moved back and forth across the US. As they neared retirement, they decided to learn new instruments: Herbert chose cello, because he’d always liked that sound, and Irmgard the flute which would be strong enough to stand up to the cello. They envisioned themselves playing chamber music in quartets, and succeeded in this goal.
They first met Terry Hunt at a concert in the early 1990s. Terry performed with a student. Herbert remembers being impressed by that concert because of of the atmosphere of inclusion, the sense of “let’s get everyone involved”. Cascadia and the Pipestone Orchestra continue to provide a welcoming, all ages community. Both Herbert and Irmgard commented on how much they enjoy playing with the young talented musicians in the orchestra. They are looking forward to performing a Bach piece, arranged by Maestro Armbrust, at the holiday concert this December. It was Shakespeare who said, “If music be the food of love, play on.” Herbert read this quote to Irmgard the other day, and Irmgard responded “That’s about us”.
Public School Strings program, sponsored by the Pipestone School of Music.