Yakima Valley Museum
Drawing Room Diversions

Feb. 21 (Thursday): Drawing Room Diversions – The Parisian Salon, 1845 The Yakima Symphony and the Yakima Valley Museum partner for a third year of music, commentary, and dinner in an intimate authentic setting. Highlighting the music of Liszt and Chopin and featuring pianist John Pickett. Sponsored by Dain Rauscher Foundation. Buffet dinner and no-host bar at 6:30 P.M. Performance at 7:00 P.M. Admission: TBA (includes dinner and performance).

Mar. 21 (Thursday): Drawing Room Diversions– Sacred Music In the Home The Yakima Symphony and the Yakima Valley Museum present music, commentary, and dinner in an intimate authentic setting. Sponsored by Dain Rauscher Foundation. Buffet dinner and no-host bar at 6:30 P.M. Performance at 7:00 P.M. Admission: TBA (includes dinner and performance).

Apr. 18 (Thursday): Drawing Room Diversions – Live From the Rainbow Room: Big Band Music The Yakima Symphony and the Yakima Valley Museum present music, commentary, and dinner in an intimate authentic setting. Sponsored by Dain Rauscher Foundation. Buffet dinner and no-host bar at 6:30 P.M. Performance at 7:00 P.M. Admission: TBA (includes dinner and performance).

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. 

Drawing Room Diversions - 2001
Drawing Room Diversions - 2000

 

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