Chamber orchestra to start season

Dori O'Neal, Herald staff writerSeptember 28, 2012 

A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra kicks off the 2012-13 Community Concert Tri-Cities series Oct. 1 with a litany of music that some critics describe as groundbreaking sound and style.

Showtime is 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Faith Assembly Church, 1800 Road 72 in Pasco.

"This group expands the boundaries of orchestral repertoire with the ways music is prepared, performed and experienced," said Loren Schmid, with Community Concert organization.

The 17-member group is based out of Boston and has been touring the globe for almost five years. What makes the group unique is that it is a self-conducted and managed group of young musicians who make their own rules about making music, most notably in rotating leadership roles on and off the stage.

A Far Cry was named chamber orchestra in residence at the Isabella Stewart Garner Museum in Boston and has a continuing educational partnership with the New England Conservatory of Music.

Their Tri-City concert includes a mix of classical tunes.

The Community Concert season also includes: Tap -- The Show on Oct. 26, which is a cast of eight dancers and two singers who perform a nonstop explosion of rhythmic energy, wrapped in dazzling costumes and an orchestral score, Schmid said.

Performing March 4 will be Red Priest, which is an instrumental group that plays recorder, violin, cello and harpsichord in a flamboyant, theatrical and virtuosic style, he added.

Sonos Handbell Ensemble performs April 13. This group is known for bringing handbells into the musical mainstream with original music.

Presido Brass rounds out the season May 8. This quintet of guys combines piano and percussion instruments with a healthy dose of humor.

Season tickets to the Community Concerts Tri-Cities season are $45 for adults, $20 for students and $105 for a family of five. Tickets can be purchased by calling Hazel Hanson at 547-6243 or Yvonne Plahuta at 946-1162.

The best part of purchasing a season ticket to a Community Concert series is that its good for any Community Concert event, including the Lower Valley, Central Basin and Wenatchee organizations.

Here's a look at their seasons.

Lower Valley: Nov. 18, countertenor Terry Barber; Feb. 22, cellist Natasha Farny; and March 5, harmony group Redheaded Express & the Walker Family.

All concerts are at Sunnyside High auditorium. For more information, go to or call 509-839-5222.

Central Basin: Sept. 28, the Legacy of Floyd Cramer featuring Cramer's grandson Jason Coleman on the piano; Oct. 20, the Prima Trio chamber group; Feb. 16, one-man variety show of Robert Post; and March 4, harmony group the Redheaded Express & the Walker Family.

For more information, call 509-765-3370 or 509-765-4150.

Wenatchee: Oct. 8, countertenor Terry Barber; Nov. 18, violinist Ann Fontella; March 2, the Legacy of Floyd Cramer featuring Cramer's grandson Jason Coleman on the piano; and April 23, the Prima Trio chamber group.

For more information, call 509-884-6835.

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