Walla Walla Symphony Presents Music 360°: From Darkness to Light
The Walla Walla Symphony’s second annual “Music 360°” initiative will explore the endurance of human spirit and of the power of innocence over prejudice, discrimination and intolerance through music. The program, entitled From Darkness to Light, will be presented at the Gesa Power House Theatre on Saturday, February 27, 7:30pm and Sunday, February 28, 3pm.
From Darkness to Light will feature “Nigun” from the Baal Shem Suite (Ernest Bloch) performed by Anna Burgess, violin and Jackie Wood, piano; "At Terezin" and "The Closed Town" from Songs of Children (Robert Convery) and "Walk to Caesaria" (Hana Szenes) performed by the Whitman College Chamber Singers and members of the Walla Walla Symphony, led by director Riikka Pietilainen-Caffrey; and remarks by Richard Middleton-Kaplan and James Winchell.
The centerpiece of the performance will be The Diary of Anne Frank, a one-act opera by Russian composer Grigori Frid. The work utilizes original text from Anne's diary and will be performed by solo soprano, Ani Maldjian, and a chamber orchestra comprised of members of the Walla Walla Symphony.
Seating is limited and will be general admission (not reserved seats). Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students (with ID) and $5 for youth 18 & younger. For tickets and more information call the Symphony Office at 509-529-8020 or visit www.wwsymphony.org.
In addition to these performances, this year’s “Music 360°” initiative will also include a collaborative project between the Walla Walla Symphony and the Walla Walla Public Schools that will introduce 8th- and 9th- graders to opera through a performance of Frid’s opera and “Opera 101” presentation with the Symphony’s Music Director and Conductor Yaacov Bergman, soprano Ani Maldjian and scholar Richard Middleton-Kaplan.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Washington State Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.