Yakima Valley Museum
Drawing Room Diversions

Yakima Valley Museum and Yakima Symphony Orchestra
are pleased to announce the seventh season of Drawing Room Diversions.

When the series was first established in January 2000, each program was designed to recreate live musical performances that were likely to have once taken place within the walls of a typical Yakima Valley parlor. Over the years, the scope has been expanded to include music that may first have drawn an audience to theaters, other public community venues, or even the relatively modern medium of network television.

Each evening is based on a single theme, featuring background historical commentary and showcasing the talents of the best of regional musicians (commentary is amplified, so all can hear). The setting is informal, with food and drink available in a comfortable cabaret style under the Neon Garden, in the Bill & Suzanne Doyle Great Hall of the museum. The 2006 season will offer three all-new programs, so mark your calendars for another year of Drawing Room Diversions.

Supper, a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, dessert, and coffee will precede each program. Seating is unassigned, and the doors into the center portion of the museum will not open until 6 P.M.—although you may queue up inside the Jewett Entrance Gallery. Also, because overcrowding has become an issue that detracts from the experience, ticket sales limits will be strictly enforced (in other words, get your tickets early!).

Thursday, January 26, 2006
John Pickett: Pacific Northwest Composer
We all know John Pickett the virtuoso performer. Now meet John Pickett the composer of serious and considerably less than serious music. John will present an evening featuring his original classical and musical theatre compositions assisted by soprano Diane Thueson Reich and tenor Robert McPherson.

Thursday, February 16, 2006
Hollywood Composers
Hollywood composers have given us hundreds of
America’s most popular songs, many of them for films that were not actually musicals. Soprano Mia Spencer returns to Drawing Room Diversions along with pianist Barbara Pickett in an evening of this enduring lyrical repertory.

Thursday, March 16, 2006
Les Six
Flutist Hal Ott is joined by the Kairos String Quartet
and pianist Jeffrey Meyer in music by Les Six—six (you probably got that part already) turn of the 20th century French composers who took French Impressionism into sometimes jazzy, sometimes quirky new realms. Music by Darius Milhaud, Francis Poulenc, and
Arthur Honneger.

6:00 Supper & Drinks
7:00 Musical Program

 

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