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Under new music director Nikolas Caoile, the Wenatchee Valley Symphony opens its season of concerts Oct. 16 and concludes it with a May chamber music concert with the Icicle Creek Piano Trio as a season-ending treat.

Medical center donates $100,000 to college campaign

WENATCHEE — Wenatchee Valley Medical Center has contributed $100,000 to the Wenatchee Valley College Center for Music and Art fundraising campaign. This is the second-largest gift to the campaign, according to campaign chairman Dan Jackson.


LEAVENWORTH — It was mainly in the psychedelic ’60s when people claimed they could “taste color,” but now is your opportunity to hear paintings and sculptures. That is the idea behind “Musical Murals,” the Icicle Creek Piano Trio’s opening concert for its 2010-11 Canyon Wren Concert series.

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The Appleaires choral group takes you back to the Summer of Love for their annual concert. Under director Don Fox, the vocalists spin up songs from the 1960s such as “California Dreamin’,” “Aint’ No Mountain High Enough,” “Aquarius” and many more for this fully costumed, family-friendly showcase.

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Erin Smith, musical and educational director of the Wenatchee Jazz Workshop, emcees a night of music at Chateau Faire Le Pont. Enjoy performances by the Confluence Jazz Trio with local student musicians and the Wenatchee Jazz All-Stars with local guest musicians.

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Vermont cellist Eugene Friesen performs “Soul of the Cello,” a concert showcasing an assortment of musical styles as part of a benefit evening for Icicle Arts’ education programs.

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The Icicle Creek Piano Trio plays a selection of musical treats based on votes by the audience. Under categories marked “Traditional Fare,” “Main Course,” “Ethnic Cuisine” and “Sweets,” are offerings by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Clara Schumann, Joaquín Turina, Ástor Piazzolla and more.

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Local choral groups again raise their voices to benefit the Spurs and Spokes 4-H program, a therapeutic horseback riding project for disabled kids and adults.

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Brad Miller plays along to silent films from the 1920s on the Liberty Theater Pipe Organ. Songs from the era including “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “Five Foot Two Eyes of Blue,” “Makin’ Whoopee” and “Charleston” sound off between features starring Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, the Keystone Cops and Gloria Swanson.

The Rose Trio presents concert Saturday

WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee Brethren Baptist Church, 535 Okanogan Ave., will host a free concert at 4 p.m. Saturday. The Rose Trio, violinists Mary Carter Pringer and Marva Lee McCracken, as well as cellist Cathie Lau, will perform classical, dance and fiddle tunes.

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Wenatchee “Music from Finland” 7 p.m. Friday; Grace Lutheran Church, 1408 Washington St.; $8 suggested donation 663-2189

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The Leavenworth handbell chorus rings through NCW with its annual holiday tour.

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Wenatchee “A Columbia Chorale Family Christmas” 7:30 p.m. Friday; Performing Arts Center of Wenatchee, 123 N. Wenatchee Ave.; $14 adults, $12 seniors, $8 students; 663-2787

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Icicle Creek Music Center faculty and students display their talents with masterclasses and concerts. Masterclasses with Piano Festival students are free and open to the public at 11 a.m. Jan. 6-8, led by Christina Dahl, Oksana Ezhokina and Seth Knopp.

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Wenatchee pianist Merchant performs a senior recital on Friday. He recently graduated from Whitworth University with a degree in piano performance. His recital includes music by Joseph Haydn, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Claude Debussy and Johann Sebastian Bach.

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The Apollo Club, Appleaires, Confluence Vocal Octet, Grace Lutheran Church’s Voices of Grace and three advanced piano students play a benefit concert for the Wenatchee Valley Music Teachers Association.

Music pros pass down the craft

WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee Jazz Workshop is back with training for students and concerts for the community. Six visiting jazz professional musicians this week are helping area middle and high school students improve their musical skills.

Lose Yourself: Eminem only wins 2 of 10 Grammys

LOS ANGELES — The Grammys love Eminem. Over his decade plus career, they’ve showered him with 13 Grammy Awards — and gave him two during this year’s ceremonies. But their love for Eminem seems to only extend to the rap categories. Despite being regarded as one of music’s geniuses, he has never won a Grammy outside of the genre — a streak that continued on Sunday.

Mariachi festival continues through Sunday evening

WENATCHEE — Students practiced the song “La Palma” before Friday’s Wenatchee High School Mariachi Festival children’s concert. The festival continues with concerts at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s performance will be at the Wenatchee High School auditorium, 1101 Millerdale Ave., and Sunday’s will be at the Wenatchee Community Center, 504 S. Chelan Ave. Admission is $10. For more information call 393-8871 or go to or