Photo courtesy of Sasha Arutyunova The Westerlies, a jazz quartet, perform Sunday night at The Merc Playhouse.

Photo courtesy of Sasha Arutyunova

The Westerlies, a jazz quartet, perform Sunday night at The Merc Playhouse.

By Ann McCreary

A musical weekend is in store as Cascadia Music hosts concerts throughout Twisp on Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and 29.

The annual Music Days celebration features free casual daytime performances by small ensembles around town on Saturday, and concludes with Pipestone Orchestra’s spring concert on Saturday evening. The lineup for the day includes:

• 10 a.m. – noon — Laura Love and friends at the Farmers Market at the Methow Valley Community Center

• 12:30 – 1 p.m. — The New Deal guitar duo at TwispWorks

1:15 – 1:45 p.m.— Classical guitarists at Confluence Gallery

• 2 – 2:30 p.m. — Papillon String Quartet at Cinnamon Twisp Bakery

• 2:45 – 3:15 p.m. — The Owens Family Bluegrass Band at the Methow Valley Inn

At 7 p.m. the Pipestone Orchestra will perform in the newly acoustically treated gym at the Community Center. The concert program includes an arrangement of music from “Star Trek” television shows and movies, works by Wagner and Verdi, and showcases the Pipestone brass section in an original arrangement by orchestra member David Konigsmark.

Young musicians Aidan Catlin on guitar, and Keeley Brooks on violin, winners of Cascadia’s Christine Cherrington Award, will play a sonata for guitar and violin.

Also featured is cellist Pam Hunt, who will perform the first movement of the Haydn Cello Concerto in C.

This will be the final performance with the Pipestone Orchestra for conductor Tara Kaiyala Weaver, who is moving from the Methow Valley in June. Weaver has conducted the orchestra for four years. 

Tickets for the concert are $15 for adults and $5 for students.

On Sunday, Weaver’s violin students will give their annual studio recitals at 4 p.m. in Room 3 of the Community Center. Admission is free.

The musical weekend continues Sunday evening with a 7 p.m. concert at The Merc Playhouse by The Westerlies, a jazz brass quartet that has won acclaim for cultivating a new brass quartet repertoire. Based in New York City, the band includes members from Seattle. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for students.

After the show at The Merc, a jazz jam session will pick up across the street at Mick and Mikki’s bar, hosted by guitarist Terry Hunt and featuring his son Galen on guitar and former Methow Valley resident Will Lone on drums. Members of The Westerlies will be on hand to liven things up, and musicians are welcome to bring an instrument and sit in.

For more information call Cascadia at 997-0222 or visit