The peaceful sounds of undulating water can be found as much in music as at the seashore.
The Mid-Columbia Symphony will wrap up its 2010-11 season this weekend with an evening of water-based music that puts the final touch on its Elements of Music season.
Concert time is 8 p.m. May 21 at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick.
The concert features the music of Felix Mendelssohn and Ralph Vaughan Williams.
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"The first is an overture entitled Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage," said conductor Nicholas Wallin. "It is a piece for orchestra alone that was inspired by two separate poems by the great German poet Goethe."
The overture blends a mix of dramatic contrasts with very tuneful melodies, he added.
"The first poem describes a calm sea, with absolutely no wind to help the ships sail," he said. "The second poem describes the prosperous voyage of a sailing ship from port to port."
But it is the second composition that strikes the biggest chord, Wallin said.
"The second piece is a big one by the 20th century British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams," he said. "This is the piece that features our two vocal soloists plus the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers."
Guest soloists are John B. Cooper from Milton and Renee Heitmann from New York. Cooper is a Whitworth College graduate with degrees in music with an emphasis on vocal performance. He has performed all over the world including portraying Joseph in the Rome film production of The Birth of Christ on Easter 2009. That production also starred Jim Caviezel, Louis Gossett Jr. and Michael York.
Heitmann is a regular performer with Regina Opera in New York City and has worked closely with the Center for Contemporary Opera in New York City as a performer and company manager. She has a degree in voice performance from Westminster Choir College in Princeton.
Williams wrote a four-movement symphony for the combined forces of nature that use a wide range of poetry by American poet Walt Whitman. The music describes sea-related scenes and includes the play of the wind and waves, the solitude of being on a beach at night alone and the imagination of great adventurers who sail into the horizon and out of sight of land, Wallin explained.
"It's really a monumental work, and I am really excited that we are producing it," he said.
Tickets are from $25 to $50, depending on seat location, and available at ticketmaster.com or the Toyota Center box office. Tickets purchased at the box office avoid service charges.