Yakima Valley Museum

Diversions returns in 2014 for its 15th season,
and it was decided to celebrate 15 years of music and history with presentations that tell how music has played a role in specific historical events. We shall begin with popular and largely hummable tunes composed after 1920, move on to songs that capture the passion behind the expansion of civil rights in the 20th Century, and end with classical compositions that kept music in the hearts and minds of people enduring incredible hardship and pain during World War II. We are excited to offer the traditional three programs-plus a bonus USO production organized by Dr. Scott Peterson and the Yakima Symphony Chorus. Reserve your tickets soon for any or all of these four evenings featuring, as always, historical commentary, a buffet dinner, the full-service availability of beverages, and music in the Museum's Neon Garden.

Diversions 2013

Historical Storytelling in Popular Music-Thursday, January 23, 2014
This opening program will offer a range of tunes that were composed in recognition of American historical events and found an audience among people from all walks of life.
The evening program will be coordinated by Tony Akin and Akin Center Theatre Company.

Words & Music of the Civil Rights Movement-Thursday, February 27, 2014
Designed by Ester Huey, Inga Wiehl, and Brooke Creswell, the evening will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 as well as recognize, through words and music, the expansion of civil rights that has officially ended bias based upon gender, physical limitations, sexual orientation, or the color of one's skin.

A USO Show!-Saturday, March 8, 2014
In celebration of the museum's new exhibit on Yakima Valley contributions to U.S. military efforts, the Yakima Symphony Chorus USO Traveling Troupe returns to the Fort Simcoe Officers' Club (aka the Yakima Valley Museum's Neon Garden) for a show to honor veterans of our great nation with entertainment and music!


Music of Survival-Thursday, March 20, 2014
Denise Dillenbeck, concertmaster of the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, together with a selection of her favorite fellow musicians, will present a program of World War II music composed specifically for the limited instruments available in a German concentration camp. Far from melancholy, this music will speak to the triumph of the human spirit over what appeared to be overwhelming odds.


Tickets are $30 per show.

6:00 Supper & Drinks
7:00 Musical Program

NOTE: To accommodate the needs of the performers and caterers...
The back door off the parking lot will not serve as an entrance. All must enter through the museum's main entrance and will be admitted into the Neon Garden promptly at 6:00 P.M.

Before that time, you can queue up in the Jewett Entrance Gallery.
However, if you have difficulty using the museum's main entrance, please call the museum in advance for special entrance arrangements.


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