Kennewick High grad Will Earl Spanheimer performs March 22 for Camerata Musical series

By Dori O'Neal, Tri-City HeraldMarch 11, 2014 

Will Earl Spanheimer

COURTESY CAMERATA MUSICA

Former Tri-Citian Will Earl Spanheimer returns to his hometown for a concert March 22 for the Camerata Musical series.

Spanheimer, a 1986 Kennewick High grad, will be joined by Richland soprano Carisa Simpson.

Kennewick musician Patti Robertson will accompany the duo on piano.

The first half of the concert features a selection of operatic works that includes music by Mozart, Puccini, Gounod and other classical composers.

The second half will include a lively selection of show tunes from Carousel, The King and I, South Pacific and Oklahoma.

"We are looking forward to this unusual and fun change of pace from other Camerata Musica concerts," said Nancy Welliver with the Camerata organization. "This concert may also be of particular interest to Tri-Citians because the performers are local or from here originally."

Spanheimer is a bass-baritone who now lives in Coral Gables, Fla., and spends much of his time performing in North America, Europe and beyond.

Robertson has been teaching piano in the Tri-Cities for more than 30 years. She graduated summa cum laude from Whitman College with a degree in music.

She lends her talent frequently in collaborations with young music students and adults in local, regional and state competitions and recitals around the Northwest.

Simpson is a familiar voice in numerous Tri-City musical theater productions. She has performed with the Mid-Columbia Symphony, Eastern Washington Academy of Music, Columbia Basin Jazz Orchestra, Yakima Valley Opera, Mid-Columbia Musical Theatre, Columbia Basin College productions, and most recently she sang in the chorus for the Portland Opera production of Lucia di Lammermoor.

Some of the songs to be performed include Shenandoah, Hear Me Oh Lord, People Will Say We're In Love and Jewel Song.

The concert starts at 8 p.m. March 22 in the Battelle Auditorium on Battelle Boulevard off George Washington Way in Richland.

-- Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @dorioneal

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