Join us for “The Orchestra Swings,” our annual Free Family Concert & "Foodraiser" on Sunday, January 27 at 3pm in Cordiner Hall on Whitman College Campus. Concert run time is approximately 45 minutes and this concert is suitable for ALL ages!
At 2pm in the lobby of Cordiner Hall, families are invited to try out orchestra instruments at a free instrument "petting zoo."
Admission is free with a non-perishable food-item donation to benefit the Blue Mountain Action Council Food Bank!
“The Orchestra Swings” explores the elements that contribute to that magical moment when the orchestra starts to swing. The performance will be conducted by Dr. Paul Luongo and hosted by Kevin Wayne Loomer with special guest artist, jazz vocalist Clairdee. In addition to the full rank of Symphony musicians, performers will also include a youth choir comprised of students from the Walla Walla Public Schools (WWPS) led by Lori Parnicky; 5th grade string students from WWPS led by Julie Woods and Caleb Condie; and Stefanie Crumpacker-Flerchinger and Jeremy Irland as song leaders. Projected images and opportunities for audience participation will also be included.
The Walla Walla Symphony began performing free concerts for families and young people in our community in 1953. Our partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) “Link Up” program represents a commitment to support music education in our community. This performance will be repeated twice on Monday morning, January 28, for over 2,700 area 3rd, 4th and 5th graders who have been working with their music teachers on the Link Up curriculum since September.
These concerts are presented in part by Key Technology, Whitman College, Tallman's Pharmacy, and Walla Walla Public Schools Music Program.