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.
Icicle Creek Music Center resident pianist Oksana Ezhokina directs Leavenworth’s annual piano festival, which includes a week-long intensive of private lessons and master classes for budding young musicians.
The Feb. 4 evening concert by violin maestra Midori at Sleeping Lady Chapel Theater, with pianist Charles Abramovic, has sold all available seats. A free pre-concert talk by Midori, at 4:30 p.m., is still open for reservations by calling 548-6347.