Yakima Valley Museum

In 2015, the 16th season of Diversions will present music and history that celebrates youth, growth, conflict, family, and passion-themes that unite all humanity, as we struggle to find beauty and meaning in the trials and challenges that define our lives.
The series will open in January with Beethoven and compositions that trace the composer's life and musical development. The February program will explore how soldiers in the Civil War expressed their experience in words and music. March will bring music and stories of family, sisterhood, and the challenges of moving to a new land. The series will close in April with opera and a passionate story of love and loyalty.

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

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - Beethoven from Youth to Maturity
Denise Dillenbeck, who teaches an honors class on Beethoven at Central Washington University, has created a program of quartets composed over Beethoven's lifetime, expressing his passion and growth. The string quartet will feature Denise Dillenbeck and Stephanie Hsu on violin, Jessica Jasper on viola, and Jennifer Moultine on cello.


Thursday, February 19, 2015 - A Young Man's Perspective on the Civil War
2015 marks the 150th Anniversary of the end of the American Civil War. The young men of the Central Washington University Men's Chorus, conducted by Dr. Scott Peterson, will perform both musical and literary selections that capture the feelings and attitudes of the soldiers who fought during a dark time in American history.


Thursday, March 26, 2015 - Songs of Migration and Hope
When individuals and families move to a new land, their lives are changed forever. Two pairs of sisters-Sandra and Gema Aguilar and Stephanie and Melanie Hsu, known musically as La Cantina-will perform songs that express the love, loss, pain, and joy that accompanies human migration.


Thursday, April 9, 2015 - Highlights from Carmen
Bizet's oft-performed opera of a fiery gypsy and the men who love her will come to life through the voices of Sarah Mattox, Ross Hauck, and Charles Robert Stephens, accompanied by Anne Schilperoort on piano. Nancy Beier will narrate.


Tickets are $40 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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