The next time you go to the convention center for a Mid-Columbia Symphony performance, I want you to remember the following: You are in a banquet room, not a theater. You are sitting in a banquet chair, and so are the musicians (I have to play my best for a couple of hours in an uncomfortable chair that does not support my body properly -- yes this is an aerobic activity), the musicians on-stage can't hear each other (the conductor has to remember this), and lastly we are all up there doing our best because we love it!
Our performing artists and audience deserve a Performing Arts Center with proper acoustics, a real stage with an orchestra pit (wouldn't it be nice to hear a live orchestra accompany our Mid-Columbia Ballet?) and theater seating. Let's not lose our wonderful conductor, Nick Wallen, and the director of the Mastersingers, Justin Raffa, who is also our manager, to another community that has an appropriate auditorium. Let's pool our resources and combine a performing arts center with the expansion of the Three Rivers Convention Center. As a member of this community and the Mid-Columbia Symphony, I say let's do the right thing by our local performing artists.
LUCIA ORR, Richland