Yakima Valley Museum
Drawing Room Diversions
Thursday, January 25, 2001
The Singing Wars

World War I has often been called a "singing war," famous for such songs as "It's A Long Way To Tipperary" and "Oh, How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning.  However, each war is associated with certain songs from the Revolutionary War's "Yankee Doodle Dandy" to the Gulf War's "Proud To Be An American." The evening will feature songs from the Civil War through World War II, accompanied by the history of Yakima Valley's "home front" efforts. 


Thursday, March 22, 2001
Ravel: The Apache Period

At the opening of the 20th century, Paris was fervid with artistic activity and controversy. Composer Maurice Ravel was at the center of a group of young and resolutely poor artistsÑpoets, composers, painters, and musicologists who met regularly to perform for each other and debate late into the night. One night a paper-seller saw them coming and cried, "Look Out for the Apaches!" (Parisian French for 'hooligans'). The name stuck and the "Apaches" reigned over the Parisian avant-garde until the advent of World War I. 

Thursday, April 19, 2001
Gilbert & Sullivan
The Mikado, H.M.S. Pinafore, and Pirates of Penzance are among the many still-popular operettas created by William Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan in the 1870s and 1880s. Originally, the popularity of these productions resulted from not only the tuneful music but also the satire that poked fun at current political and social events in late 19th century England. Come to an evening featuring the stories behind some of the tunes that made Gilbert and Sullivan famous..

6:30 Doors Open
7:00 Program Begins
Cash Bar & Hors d'Oeuvres

Prior to the advent of television in the American home, many families made use of the evening leisure time by participating in some form of musical entertainment. Aided by the parlor organ, the piano, the phonograph, and commercially printed sheet music and phonograph records, people would gather together to sing and play everything from new classical compositions to popular songs of the day. In addition, there would be recitations and dramatic readings of popular shows or poems. 

The Yakima Valley Museum and the Yakima Symphony Orchestra are joining together to present an inaugural series on the history of these live performances of music in the home. Three evening programs will mix social and musical entertainment in the relaxed informal atmosphere of the Museum's Neon Garden with beverages and hors d'oeuvres available. Participants will have an opportunity to meet the musicians, ask questions, and learn more about how people entertained themselves with music in their own homes in the period before sophisticated sound and video systems. 


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