South American music at free concert
Three musical groups from South America will highlight a free concert from 6 – 9 p.m. on Sunday (July 13) at Pearrygin Lake State Park near Winthrop. The concert is part of the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program. Performing are:
• Quichua Mashis, whose members are Quichua Indians from the Andean mountains of northern Ecuador.
• Diego Coy, who with his band presents four different music traditions from the Andes.
• Show Brazil! — which celebrates the culture of Brazil with music, martial arts and dancing.
Concert-goers will enter through the east campground. A Discover Pass is required for parking. For more information, call 996-2370.
Chamber Music Festival opens July 24
The Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival will once again offer a varied array of performances at the Signal Hill Ranch beginning July 24 and concluding on Aug. 2.
The 19th annual festival includes five concerts at the ranch off of Highway 20 between Twisp and Winthrop, as well as free rehearsals and free concerts at TwispWorks, Sun Mountain Lodge, the Mazama Store and the Freestone Inn.
The five concerts will be on July 24, 26, 29 and 31, and Aug. 2. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and are preceded by hors d’oeuvres, local wines and beers on the festival grounds, plus pre-concert lectures, all beginning at 6 p.m.
A season ticket for all the concerts plus a July 27 artists’ reception is $112.50; individual concerts are $25 each. The artists’ reception costs $10.
Artistic Director Kevin Krentz will oversee musical programs that include the familiar mixed with newer compositions. Dave Beck, formerly of radio station KUOW in Seattle and now with KING-FM, will host some of the concerts as will Verne Windham of KPBX in Spokane.
Parking is available at the site.
For more information, call 996-6000 or visit www.methowmusicfestival.org.
Git ready for Shakespeare, pardner
Shakespeare will be played with a western flavor when The Merc Playhouse stages its “cowboy style” production of Twelfth Night, which will open July 25 and run through Aug. 10.
The play is directed by Ki Gottberg, The Merc’s artistic director. In addition to local actors, the cast will include four student interns from the theater program at Seattle University, where Gottberg is a professor in the fine arts department.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances will be at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday matinees will be at 2 p.m. A “pay-what-you-can” performance will be offered on July 31. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for those under age 18. For more information, call 997-7529 or visit www.mercplayhouse.org.
Celebrate old-time music
Cascadia, the Methow Music Association, joins with the Shafer Museum in Winthrop to present the annual Old-Time Music Celebration on Aug. 9.
The day begins with music workshops from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at the museum. Performances will be offered from 3-4 p.m., plus a free demonstration by the band. Cost of the workshops is $20. To register, call 997-0222 or 997-9344.