I was privileged to attend the recent performance of Carmina Burana organized by the Mid-Columbia Symphony. It was an incredible production that included the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers, the Yakima Symphony Chorus, a children's choir, the Mid-Columbia Ballet and numerous guest artists, all working together seamlessly to bring wonderful music to life.
It was an astonishing performance, demonstrating a polish and professionalism that rivaled the best performances that I have ever seen. The combination of music, chorus, and dance was so powerful that I was brought to tears at times.
We are indeed fortunate to have such a collection of dedicated artists in this area, giving so willingly of their time and passion to bring such powerful art to life. Although the performance was first class, the same cannot be said for the Windemere Theatre as a venue. During the first part of the performance, the soft singing (by design) of the solo soprano and accompanying music was almost drowned out by the air-handling system. There was a constant echo from the sound amplification that tried to compensate for the poor acoustics. The people and artists in the Tri-Cities area deserve better. It's time that we have a performing arts center that is equal to the art that we create here.
Steven Wiley, Richland