Yakima Valley Museum
Drawing Room Diversions

Yakima Valley Museum
and Yakima Symphony Orchestra
are pleased to announce the eleventh 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 2010 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!).

January 21
Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
The 1930s was a time of great economic depression, and events of the past year have caused parallels to be drawn between then and now, in terms of unemployment, business reversals, and the like. But the '30s was also a time of sparkling upbeat tunes, optimistic films, and hope. Tonight's program includes some of that decade's best
music, from Tin Pan Alley, Hollywood, and Broadway —music you will hum as you drive home.

February 18
Deconstructing the String Quartet
This will be a fabulous classical evening featuring violinist Denise Dillenbeck and friends. Beginning with the perfection of Mozart and closing with the Samuel Barber quartet that gives us the "Adagio for Strings," this program will explore the range of music for the string quartet.

March 18
Women's Suffrage in Words and Music
Women in Washington State won the right to vote 100 years ago. Tonight, their struggles will be recreated through the movement's songs and readings that state arguments, both pro and con, made at the time. This memorable evening was generously funded by Humanities Washington and researched by YVCC Drs. Carli Schiffner and Timothy Jeske.

6:00 Supper & Drinks
7:00 Musical Program

 

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