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Pipestone Music Days returns this weekend (May 25-26) with an annual celebration of homegrown classical music and jazz performed at the Methow Valley Community Center in Twisp.

A formal concert will be presented on Saturday evening at 7 p.m. in the gymnasium. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for youth, and free for children 12 and under. Concessions on Saturday will be provided by the Valley Teen Center.

The 11-member Pipestone Youth Orchestra will open the evening with a piece by Aaron Copland, arranged by conductor Tara Kaiyala Weaver. That will be followed by a movement of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto, and a Ukrainian Folk Dance by Dabczynski.

The evening will feature three special performances, the first by 10-year-old youth orchestra concertmaster Keeley Brooks, winner of the Christine Cherrington Merit Award, who will perform three movements of Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 3, No. 6, accompanied by pianist Nancy Acheson.

Linda Mendro is the night’s featured piano soloist, joining the orchestra in the first movement of Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54. And Liberty Bell High School senior Nick Saunders will be solo violinist with the orchestra  playing the Rondeau from Mozart’s Violin Concerto in G major.

The Pipestone Jazz Ensemble will give its second valley performance under the direction of trombonist Mike Harvey. The 12-member ensemble presents a diverse program including a medley of jazz standards; an arrangement of Cole Porter’s “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” featuring vocalist Meghan Sullivan; and arrangements of popular works by The Rippingtons and Christopher Cross.

Saturday evening will conclude with an orchestral performance of the first movement of Dvorak’s New World Symphony.

On Sunday afternoon the Pipestone School of Music presents recitals by 36 students of teachers Lynette Westendorf, Linda Mendro, Tara Kaiyala Weaver, Terry Hunt and Pam Hunt.

Recitals begin at 1 p.m. in the Community Center gymnasium with an hour of classical guitar by Terry Hunt’s students. An intermission, with refreshments provided by Pipestone parents, will be followed by the second hour of performance starting around 2 p.m. The concluding hour of recitals will start around 3 p.m. Sunday’s recitals are free and open to the public.

Students of violin, viola, cello, piano and guitar will perform “some fairly sophisticated music,” according to show coordinator and strings teacher Pam Hunt, including pieces by Bach and Grieg, and a guitar concerto. With students ranging in age from 5 years old to adult, “there will be some ‘Twinkle Twinkle,’” Hunt said, “but in every hour we try to have some beginners, some intermediates and some advanced students.”

Pipestone School of Music is the educational branch of Cascadia, the Methow Music Association. Its stated mission is to provide the people of the Methow Valley and surrounding region with opportunities to hear, to learn and to perform quality music.

For more information call 997-0222.