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Walla Walla Symphony
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Walla Walla Symphony April 2012 Concert
Background information
Origin Walla Walla, WA
Genres Classical
Associated acts Walla Walla Symphony Youth Orchestra Walla Walla Rock Camp, Encore! Music Lending Library
Website http://wwsymphony.org

The Walla Walla Symphony is an orchestra based in Walla Walla, Washington. Founded in 1907, the Walla Walla Symphony is the "oldest continuously operating symphony west of the Mississippi".[1] The current Music Director and Conductor is Yaacov Bergman, who has held the position since 1987. The Walla Walla Symphony performs most of its concerts at Cordiner Hall located on Whitman College Campus and provides a Symphonic, Chamber and Discovery Series, along with special concerts throughout the year.

Concert Series[edit]

  • Symphonic Series concerts are performed at Cordiner Hall, Whitman College Campus and provide music to over 1,000 patrons each concert.
  • Chamber Series feature musicians from the Walla Walla Symphony who perform in a smaller, more intimate setting. The concerts include complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres.
  • Discovery Series are concerts featuring nontraditional symphonic music guest artists, or concerts in a unique setting. One example, Mares 'n' Music, is held at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds and local horse groups perform drills and patterns to live symphonic music in the arena.
  • Special Concerts provide the area's youth the opportunity to listen to live, age-appropriate symphonic music. The Walla Walla Symphony performs a Family "Foodraiser" concert followed by two free Kids' Concerts the next morning for 2,600 fourth and fifth graders. The Family Concert attire is come as you are, and the admission is a can of food as donation to the local food banks.

Youth Programs[edit]

The Walla Walla Symphony sponsors and supports free youth programs that allow children of all ages and backgrounds to participate in music.

  • Encore! Musical Instrument Lending Program is a nationally recognized program that allows interested students the capability of borrowing musical instruments from the lending library for free. The instruments are returned to the symphony office once a year to make repairs if necessary.
  • Walla Walla Symphony Youth Orchestra is a tuition-free youth orchestra directed by Dr. Jeremy Mims. The audition-based ensemble varies in age from 12-18 and some students travel from Tri-Cities and Milton-Freewater, OR to play with the ensemble. Founded in August 2008 with the help of Sherwood Trust, the orchestra performs concerts at least twice a year.
  • Rock & Roll Camp is a week-long, free camp designed for teenagers to participate and learn the genres of music that they're interested in. The teens take workshop classes all week, form ensembles and perform a final free concert to the public at the end of the week. Classes include: Bass Guitar, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Percussion, Advanced Percussion, Brass, Keyboard, Vocal, Video & Zine, Bass & Guitar Sound Dynamics, Beginning & Advanced Guitar Theory, Studio Work, T-shirt Production, Rock & Blues Harmonica, Blogs & Twitter, Songwriting and Afro-Cuban Drumming.
  • Taking it to the Kids Program is a comprehensive youth music education project. The program involves two free Kids' Concerts for 2,700 fourth and fifth graders, a free "foodraiser" concert the night before the Kids' Concerts, school visits by Walla Walla Symphony Musicians and youth scholarships to talented young players that are eligible to play with the orchestra.

Musical Directors and Conductors[edit]

  • 1907-1922 Edgar Fischer
  • 1922-1923 Gottfried Herbst
  • 1923-1924 Karel Havlicek
  • 1924-1934 Alice Reynolds Fischer
  • 1934-1936 Victor Johnson
  • 1936-1940 Walter Wren
  • 1940-1941, 1942-45 Frank Beezhold
  • 1941-1942 Nelson O. Schreiber
  • 1945-1969 William H. Bailey
  • 1969-1976 Jose Rambaldi
  • 1977-1986 R. Lee Friese
  • 1986-1987 Cindy Egolf Sham-Rao
  • 1987-Present Yaacov Bergman

Recent Guest Artists[edit]

Stephen Beus, Peter Soave, Michael Lewin, Tai Murray, Richard Markson, Mayumi Fujikawa, Gerald Robbins, Lucille Beer, Marie Birve, Sharin Apostolou, Karen Zizzi, Brendan Tuohy, Christopher Clayton, Matthew James, Hamilton Cheifetz, Kraig Scott, Charles Robert Stephens, Ross Hauck, Angela Niederloh, Janice Johnson, David Krakauer, Adam Lau, Matt Dolphin, Sarah Parnicky, Dick Hyman, Julia Gish Salerno, Debra Richter, Jay Zhong, Jon Klein, Dean Kravig, Victor Benedetti, Juliana Rambaldi, Jeffrey Springer, Dana Peterson, Alexander Bernstein, Evangelia Kingsley, Jodie Langel, Ron Spivak, Camille Peterson, Jenny Hayden, Waldemar Malicki, Anthony Taylor, Thomas Hampson, Eugene Ballet.

World Premiere Compositions[edit]

  • Hamchilla Holiday by Parker Davis
  • Lyric Symphony and The Legend of Chief Joseph by John Verrall
  • Escapade, The Manhattan Jazz Suite, and Jazz Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra by Marvin Schluger
  • Premiere Ouverture, Op. 23 (Modern World Premiere) by Louise Farrenc
  • Symphony No. 2 by John David Earnest
  • Chasing the Light by William Berry
  • Christmas Fantasy for Jazz Quintet and Orchestra, Artist Portraits, A Valley Of Streams, Quintet & Orchestra by David Glenn
  • Chant and Improvisation, Variations on a Gregorian Chant for Jazz Trio and Orchestra by Tom Simon
  • Piano Concerto by Tania Cronin
  • Great River Percussion Concerto by Forrest Pierce
  • An American Concerto by Gwyneth Walker
  • Symphony No. 47, "Walla Walla, Land of Many Waters" by Alan Hovhaness
  • Svanen (Modern World Premiere) by Elfrida Andree.

External Links[edit]

Walla Walla Symphony Official Website

Walla Walla Symphony Youth Orchestra

References[edit]

  • Schultz, D. (2006). "A Dream Fulfilled"
  • [[1]] Walla Walla Symphony Website



Yaacov Bergman (born May 31, 1945) is an Israeli born conductor. He is currently the Musical Director and Conductor of the Walla Walla Symphony, the Portland Chamber Orchestra, the Sound Waves Music Festival in Lincoln City, Oregon and previously the Musical Director of the Colorado Springs Symphony, the New York Heritage Chamber Orchestra, and the 92nd St. Y Symphonic Workshop Orchestra in New York City. Yaacov Bergman is married to pianist and pedagogue Joan Behrens-Bergman.

Early Years[edit]

Yaacov Bergman's early musical training began with violin and vocal studies, but he soon expressed an avid interest in composing and conducting. After graduation from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance with majors in conducting and composition, he completed post-graduate studies at the Mannes College of Music in New York as a student of Richard Westenburg. He pursued further conducting studies under the guidance of Charles Bruck, a disciple of Pierre Monteux, as well as private study under Leonard Bernstein. In 1998 he was the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Colorado Technical University.

International Tours[edit]

His success in July of 1996 in Japan as conductor of the Osaka Opera Company's premiere performance of Verdi's opera Macbeth led to subsequent engagements which included La Traviata in Osaka and Kobe. Bergman guest conducted with the Osaka Symphonica, a concert tour with the Israel Chamber Orchestra and he recently served as principal guest conductor of the "North Atlantic Music Festival" in Denmark. Maestro Bergman conducted a series of successful symphonic concerts in Cairo, Egypt in 1995 and 1996 as the first Israeli conductor to appear in an Arab republic. Bergman was engaged in a series of performances of La Boheme in the Philippines, and performances of Don Giovanni, Carmen, Tosca, and La Traviata for the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila, where he has also conducted numerous symphonic concerts as principal guest conductor of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra.

North America Visits[edit]

Yaacov Bergman has guest conducted with the Buffalo Philharmonic, the San Diego Symphony, the Edmonton Symphony in Canada, the West Virginia Symphony, the Redlands Symphony, a debut performance with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and a third appearance with the Brooklyn Philharmonic in New York

World Premieres[edit]

Bergman's interest in new music and multi-media concepts is reflected in his programming of many new works. He has presented premieres of pieces by noted American composers Robert Starer, William Bolcom, John Verrall, Gwyneth Walker, John David Earnest, Tania Cronin, David Glenn, and Tom Simon and composers from around the world including Arvo Part, Gorecki, Kancheli, Tzur, Tzvi Avni, Shariff and Ben-Amotz.

External Links[edit]

[2] Walla Walla Symphony [3] Portland Chamber Orchestra

References[edit]

  • Schultz, D. (2006). "A Dream Fulfilled"
  • [[4]] Walla Walla Symphony Website
Michael Wenberg
Occupation Author
Nationality American
Genre Young Adult Fiction,
Notable works Seattle Blues, Elizabeth's Song, Stringz
Website
michaelwenberg.com

Michael Wenberg (born March 1956) is an young adult author from Spokane, Washington. He currently resides in Walla Walla, Washington with his wife Sandy, son Luke and was the CEO of the Walla Walla Symphonyfrom 2007-2011. Wenberg has attended Seattle Pacific University and Eastern Washington University and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Gonzaga University. A highly regarded speaker in elementary schools, Wenberg uses his trombone-playing to introduce children to his stories, reading, writing, and music.

Published Books[edit]

  • Elizabeth's Song is a picture book of the inspiring true-life story of Elizabeth Cotten, the legendary African American folk-singer and songwriter, who wrote the folk classic, "Freight Train" when she was just eleven years old.
  • Seattle Blues is a story of a thirteen-year-old African-American girl that is sent away to Seattle, Washington for the summer, she doesn’t know what to expect. She’s been sentenced to spend her entire summer vacation with a stranger-—her grandma. Before the summer is out, she’ll make a few unusual friends and stumble across a treasure, a trombone once played by a long dead and forgotten grandpa. She’ll also discover that she shares more in common with her grandma than she ever imagined.
  • Stringz is the story of a fourteen-year-old African-American boy, Jace, that has moved to Seattle, WA from the California coast. He plays the cello, loves to surf and seems to find trouble in all the wrong places at his new school. Jace eventually realizes that talent isn’t something to hide or be ashamed of, and discovers that he has “family” in some of the most unexpected places.

Awards[edit]

2004 Elizabeth's Song nominee for the Kentucky Bluegrass Award

2009 Seattle Blues The Flamingnet Top Choice Award winning teen novel published by Westside Books

2010 Seattle Blues Selected a Best Book of the Year in the 12 - 14 age group by Bank Street School of Education.

References[edit]

  • [[5]] Michael Wenberg Website

External Links[edit]

  • [[6]] The Official Michael Wenberg Website
  • [[7]] Westside Books Official Website