At the turn of the 21st Century, local financial consultant Charles Bohoskey challenged the Yakima Valley Museum and the Yakima Symphony Orchestra to develop a casual evening program that would unite the skills of the two organizations. The result was Drawing Room Diversions, which combined historical and cultural information provided by the Museum
with a variety of related classical and popular music selected by the Symphony.
Each cabaret-style evening included dinner and beverages,
followed by a musical program planned by Museum Director John Baule and Symphony Music Director Brooke Creswell.
Brooke retired in the spring of 2010. The new Symphony Music Director, Lawrence Golan, was eager to continue the tradition of Drawing Room Diversions and use his extensive knowledge and skills to help create a new era of what will now be called simply Diversions. The format will remain the same, but the programs will tie more closely to upcoming Symphony concerts while retaining the quirky flavor that have made the evenings such great fun.
We are pleased to announce the 2011 schedule and look forward to welcoming you to our 12th season.
|Thursday, January 20, 2011 Spirituals and Gospel Night
The Yakima Symphony Chorus will perform some of the joyous and rousing songs that rise to heaven from groups of singers assembled at revivals, churches, and community halls throughout the Valley. John will "revive" memories of early traveling ministers, especially those from the 1920s.
|Thursday, February 3, 2011 Mad Men
Some of the world's best music was composed by Donizetti, Handel, Mahler, Schumann, and Beethoven—all of whom were hotheads and often considered quite mad. Even Cole Porter, Stephen Foster, and George Gershwin had tempers and could act like madmen. Lawrence will join Ross Hauck, Anne Schilperoort, and Kara Hunnicutt in performing selections from these composers. And television's "Mad Men" inspired John, who will relate some of the best local marketing ploys of early Yakima Valley advertisers.
|Thursday, March 17, 2011 Famous Last Words
The last violin concertos composed by Corelli, Mozart, Beethoven, and Perlman will be ably performed by Joseph Golan (Lawrence's father and a long-time principal member of the acclaimed Chicago Symphony), accompanied by Anne Schilperoort. John will expound on some of the final contributions made to this Valley by local leaders over the past 125 years.
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6:00 Supper & Drinks
7:00 Musical Program
NOTE: Due to some logistical changes made necessary by exhibit changes in the Neon Garden, where Diversions is held, the back door off the parking lot will no longer serve as an entrance. However, if you have difficulty using the museum's main entrance, please call the museum in advance for special entrance arrangements. Doors open at 6:00 P.M.