There will be plenty of beautiful music this fall when the Mid-Columbia Symphony and Walla Walla Symphony seasons get under way this month.
The Mid-Columbia Symphony will supply an evening of jazz as well as classical music starting at 8 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick.
Titled An American in Paris, the evening also includes guest pianist Jody Graves, who will perform Ravel's Piano Concerto in G Major.
Also on the program will be Duke Ellington's suite from The River and George Gershwin's An American in Paris.
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Here's a look at the rest of the season:
Nov. 27: A Mid-Columbia Christmas Concert features an afternoon of traditional and sacred holiday music. The Mid-Columbia Mastersingers will be guest performers. Showtime is 3 p.m. at the convention center.
Jan. 29: An afternoon of humor in music features Leonard Bernstein's Candide overture, Charles Ives' The Unanswered Question Country Band march and Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5. Showtime is 3 p.m. at the convention center.
March 10: Light will be the focus of the music starting at 8 p.m. at the convention center. Music includes Bright Blue Music by Michael Torke and Symphony No. 3 in C Major by Jean Sibelius. The winners of the annual Young Artists Competition also will perform with the symphony.
May 12: Music from the Middle Ages is the title of this concert, which starts at 8 p.m. at the convention center. Music includes Christopher Theofandidas's Rainbow Body and Carl Orff's Carmina Burana. Guest soloists for Orff's composition include soprano Molly Holleran, tenor Karl Hedlund, baritone Jeremy Irland. Also performing with the symphony will be the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers, the Yakima Symphony Chorus and the Mid-Columbia Ballet.
Pre-season tickets to the symphony start at $190, depending on seat location. Individual concert tickets are from $25 to $50. All tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com or the Toyota Center box office. Tickets purchased at the box office avoid service charges.
The Walla Walla Symphony season begins Oct. 11 in Cordiner Hall on the Whitman College campus with a Brahms Festival, which features Academic Festival Overture, Violin Concerto in D Major and Symphony No. 2 in D Major. Guest violinist is Haroutune Bedeliam.
Here's the rest of the season:
Nov. 1: Autumn Fanfare features the music of Edward Gregson and Saint-Saens with guest tuba player Torrey Lawrence and organist Kraig Scott.
Dec. 11: Handel's Messiah features soprano Sarah Parnicky, mezzo-soprano Beth Madsen Bradford, tenor Daniel Buchanan and bass Charles Robert Stephens. Also performing will be the Walla Walla University Choir under the direction of Kraig Scott, and the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers under the direction of Justin Raffa.
Feb. 14: Valentine featuring the music of Cole Porter with guest vocalist Rocky Blumhagen.
April 24: Spring Celebration features guest pianist Stephen Beus and the music of Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky.
Season tickets to all five concerts are from $60 to $110 for adults and from $30 to 65 for students.
The symphony also will present The Nutcracker danced by the Mid-Columbia Ballet on Dec. 17. Showtimes are 2 and 7:30 p.m. Admission is from $15 to $25 for adults, and from $7 to $15 for students.For tickets, go to www.wwsymphony.org or call 509-529-8020.
*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org