Yakima Valley Museum
Drawing Room Diversions

Yakima Valley Museum
and Yakima Symphony Orchestra
are pleased to announce the tenth 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 2009 season will offer four 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!). - Call 509-248-0747.

Thursday, January 15, 2009
Dinner with the Reeds
How do those little sticks of cane control the lives and fortunes of people we call oboists, bassoonists, clarinetists, and their close associates in the woodwind family? Join YSO oboist Brent Hages and his colleagues for an entertaining evening of conversation and illustration about living and working with cane.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Civil War: Songs & Readings
This is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, who has become larger than life in the century and a half since his death. Tonight we will experience the music and the words that inspired both Yankees and Confederates to give their lives for the causes in which each believed.

Thursday, March 12, 2009
The Tenth Anniversary Retrospective
The first performance in the Diversions series was held in 2000. In the years since then, audiences have enjoyed sentimental Victorian ballads, jazz nights, Schubert melodies, Broadway tunes, and more. Come prepared to delight once again in some of your favorite segments from the first nine seasons.

Thursday, May 7, 2009
The Human Touch: Art, Music, and the Spoken Word
Samples of contemporary art from the exhibition The Human Touch: Selections from the RBC Wealth Management Art Collection will be paired with music and readings, creating a mixed media program revealing the intersections of artistic expression and illustrating how the human image is expressed in music, word and image.

6:00 Supper & Drinks
7:00 Musical Program


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