Yakima Valley Museum
Drawing Room Diversions

Yakima Valley Museum
and Yakima Symphony Orchestra
are pleased to announce the eighth 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 (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 2007 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 25, 2007
The Brooks Boys At Home
Jeffery Brooks and his father Joe join with friends Don Kinney, Bob Waldbauer, and Bart Roderick to experiment with, and give new interpretations to, new and old jazz favorites. It will be an evening with no script, but plenty of great music played by five of the best jazz musicians in the Pacific Northwest.

Thursday, February 22, 2007
The Mendelssohns
YSO Principal Cellist Kara Hunnicutt and the Cascades Trio are joined by Mia Spencer to perform works by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) and his contemporaries, who were among the first composers to create works for the amateur pianist to play at home. This was a direct
response to the growing popularity of the piano and its appearance as an essential piece of household furniture.
 
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Crossover Opera Singers
Mario Lanza, one of the great tenors of the 20th century, was only one of the operatic talents who also had a successful career on Broadway or in Hollywood films. Tonight you will hear spectacular voices perform some of your favorite songs from musical film and theatre.

6:00 Supper & Drinks
7:00 Musical Program

 

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