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Here for the party: Gretchen Wilson starts over with her own label

CHICAGO — Gretchen Wilson didn’t think turning 40 last week was a big deal. To her, it was just another number. Turning 36 a few years ago? That was a different story.

“For whatever reason, 36 was hard for me,” Wilson said on Monday, two days before she officially hit 40, from her home in Tennessee. “I felt like that was getting old. When I was a kid, as soon as someone said they’re 36, I thought, ‘Oh, they’re old.’ Maybe 50 will be hard for me as well. But ...

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On Tuesday, more than 100 jazz band students from Wenatchee and Eastmont schools attend workshops led by professional musicians.
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Under the baton

It’s probably the first question anybody asks Nikolas Caoile, upon seeing his name in print for the first time. “It’s pronounced ‘Koh-WILL-ee,’” says the new conductor of the Wenatchee Valley Symphony. “My last name’s actually Filipino, from my father. My mother’s Vietnamese.”
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Styx keeps on sailing

WENATCHEE — James Young caught the first glimpse of Styx’s impending fame as he stepped out of a taxi in midtown Manhattan. It was the late ’70s, the band had recently released their seventh album, “Grand Illusion.” “Come Sail Away” and “Fooling Yourself (Angry Young Man)” climbed the charts. “Someone yelled out, ‘Styx!’ at the sight of me getting out of the cab,” Young said. “That’s when I realized, OK, people have figured who we are.’ ”

Last-minute entry lands local band on Styx stage

WENATCHEE — Time was running out. Monitor couple Brad and Lisa Petit wanted their Lynus and Lucy Band to be the opening act at the upcoming Styx concert at Town Toyota Center.

Clayton Trio jazz concert postponed

The Gerald Clayton Trio concert scheduled Saturday at Icicle Creek Center for the Arts in Leavenworth has been postponed. The drummer of the New York jazz group left the tour. The concert will be rebooked in November or next spring.

Wilf Woods: Auto-tune or the old-fashioned way?

How come pop singers sound so perfect, pitch-wise? They are using new software that corrects their pitch, that’s how. It’s called “auto-tune” and there are two brand names that make them, writes John Kehe in the current Christian Science Monitor Weekly.
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Bluegrass fest stays true to its roots

CASHMERE — The sound of banjos and bass carried softly on a chilly twilight breeze Monday — four days before this weekend’s Wenatchee River Bluegrass Festival at the Chelan County Expo Center. The campground opened at noon, and already a caravan of about 30 RVs and tent campers had rolled in — the first of about 300 expected this weekend.
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Festival twofer

The Icicle Creek International Chamber Music Festival creates wonderful melodies, but its acronym sounds like a car hitting a speedbump: ICICMF.

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The Canadian Tenors will appear at Wenatchee High School Oct. 6, not Oct. 22 as listed on show publications.

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Oboist Jim Rich joins the Con Spirito trio in a performance of “Prodigal Sons: Music By Celebrated Law School Dropouts Who Disappointed Their Parents” by composers Christoph Graupner, Johann David Heinichen and Georg Philipp Telemann.
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Gwen Lyons performs the first concert of Grace Lutheran’s Friday Night Out series.
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The Icicle Creek Piano Trio is joined by guest artist Sean Osborn on clarinet for its celebration of Jewish musical tradition.
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Commedia dell’heart

Love. Deceit. Disguise. Everything but death. That last element, it’s said, is what distinguishes tragedy from comedy. Nobody dies in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Così fan tutte,” so it must be a comedy. (Also: it’s funny.)
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The Wenatchee Community Concert Association adds a seventh concert to its six-event season roster, teeing up the Canadian Tenors for a Feb. 9 performance at Wenatchee Free Methodist Church.