Arts & Entertainment

Concerts to fill Mid-Columbia with sound of music

Community Concerts seasons begin this month all over the Mid-Columbia from the Tri-Cities to the Lower Valley, to Wenatchee and Moses Lake.

The best part of a Community Concert season is that the ticket prices are incredibly low for a lineup of top name entertainment.

Plus, no matter which organization you buy your season ticket from, it's good for any Community Concert anywhere you travel to.

Here's the schedule:

◗ Sept. 23: Rudolf Budginas.

◗ Oct. 16: Canadian Tenors, Dubbed "Canada's National Treasure," the four-man group is known for charming audiences with their repertoire of classical, operetta and alternative pop music. Faith Assembly auditorium, 1800 N. Road 72 in Pasco.

◗ Feb. 22: The Vienna Boys Choir is the oldest boys choir in the world, having been around for more than 500 years. The young men provide song, poetry, dance, theater and visual arts for worldwide audiences. Faith Assembly auditorium in Pasco.

◗ March 10: Quattrocelli is a foursome of cellists who perform using their cellos as drums, guitars and more. At Faith Assembly auditorium in Pasco.

◗ May 7: Franc D'Ambrosio, from Phantom of the Opera fame, performs an evening of classic Hollywood songs. At Richland High auditorium.

The Tri-City series costs $40 for adults and $20 for students, with a price of $95 for a family of two adults and three students. All concerts start at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call Hazel Hanson at 547-6243 or Yvonne Plahuta at 946-1162.

Lower Valley Community Concerts -- at Sunnyside High School:

◗ Oct. 4: Project Sunday ensemble brings together a mix of music from hip-hop to jazz to classical, playing flute, cello and bass. Showtime is 3 p.m.

◗ Dec. 3: Rudolf Budginas classical pianist with a flair for comedy. Concert time is 7:30 p.m.

◗ March 16: Casey MacGill's Blue 4 Trio are sometimes referred to as the Nat King Cole Trio meets the Mills Brothers. Or, maybe Fats Waller meets Fats Domino. Whatever they are called the music of pianoman MacGill, bassist Matt Weiner and percussionist Mike Daugherty is sure to please all music palates.

◗ April 15: Intersection is a trio of violin, cello and piano who play everything from gypsy tunes to the ethereal renderings of Revel.

Season tickets are $50 for adults, $15 for students and $105 for families of two adults and two students. For tickets, call 509-839-5222 or 509-882-1668 or go to

Wenatchee Community Concerts -- at Wenatchee High School auditorium, 1101 Millerdale Ave. All concert times are 7:30 p.m.

◗ Sept. 21: Mac Frampton Trio performs a repertoire of pop and jazz music. Frampton is a past winner of the Van Cliburn Piano Competition.

◗ Oct. 22: The Canadian Tenors mix theater, classical, operetta and world pop in six languages.

◗ Dec. 7: Nearly Neil & The Solitary Band play a mix of music reminiscent of Neil Diamond.

◗ Feb. 26: Tenor Daniel Rodriguez, a former New York City police officer, is known for his memorable voice during the vigils after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

◗ April 6: Amstel Quartet is a group of saxophonists who play an energetic mix of music.

◗ April 19: The Hunt Family Fiddlers are an award-winning family of Irish step dancers, fiddlers and singers.

Season tickets are $55 for adults and $20 for students. For tickets, call 509-884-6835.

Moses Lake Community Concerts -- at Wallenstein Theatre at Big Bend Community College, corner of Dover Street and 26th Avenue in Moses Lake.

◗ Sept. 22: Mac Frampton trio.

◗ Nov. 27: Chapter 6, a six-piece a capella vocal group from Illinois. The group has won numerous vocal competition nationally and internationally. The group also made an appearance on season 7 of American Idol.

◗ Feb. 25: Tenor Daniel Rodriguez.

◗ April 18: Hunt Family Fiddlers.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 for adults, $25 students, $125 families or $75 for single parent families. For tickets call 509-765-6444.