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.”
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.’ ”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
WENATCHEE — An annual holiday concert featuring one of the region’s top gospel quintets will expand this year to feature comedy, skits and a choir of some of the area’s most accomplished singers. “A Christmas Celebration,” the annual concert of CommonBond 5, will also be the release party for the group’s sixth compact disc, entitled “Come Out of the Wilderness.”
You can’t help but stand for the “Hallelujah” chorus of George Frideric Handel’s “The Messiah.” Blame it on King George II. The English monarch purportedly rose to his feet during the famous chorus, which closes the second act of Handel’s 1742 oratorio.