Cascadia Music plans virtual holiday concert
Instrumental and vocal ensembles are polishing their performances of festive music for Cascadia Music’s annual holiday concert.
To keep musicians and the community safe, Cascadia has decided to present a virtual concert again this year. The video will be released on Dec. 20 and links will be available on Cascadia’s website at www.cascadiamusic.org. The concert will also be broadcast on KTRT, 97.5 FM, “the Root.”
Details about the music selections and radio broadcast will be available in early December.
OVOC Christmas Concert on Saturday
The Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus (OVOC) offer their annual Christmas Concert in a live performance at the Omak Performing Arts Center on Saturday (Dec. 11) at 2 p.m. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m.
The orchestra, directed by Matt Brown, will play “A Christmas Festival” and “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson, and “An Outdoor Overture” by Aaron Copland.
Students from Paschal Sherman will sing “The Okanogan Song.” The Waterfall Immersion school students will sing “The Little Drummer Boy” in their native Salish language.
“Because it’s Christmas,” arranged by Ed Lojeski, and “Bells of Joy,” arranged by Larry Clark and Rae Moses, will be sung by the OVOC chorus. A Gaelic folk song, “Einini,” and “Hine Ma Tov,” a Hebrew folk song, will also be sung by the OVOC chorus. The chorus is directed by Derek Pulsifer.
Cost at the door is $12 for adults and $10 for seniors. Youth 15 years and younger attend free. COVID protocols will be in place. The concert will also be live-streamed. For more information, call (509) 846-4773.
The Omak Twilight Parade will follow at 4:30 p.m. in downtown Omak.
‘Middletown’ at The Merc
The Liberty Bell Drama Company (LBDC) production of “Middletown,” by playwright Will Eno, opens Wednesday (Dec. 8) with additional performances on Thursday (Dec. 9), Saturday (Dec. 11) and Sunday (Dec. 12) at The Merc Playhouse in Twisp.
“Middletown” explores a small American town, according to a Merc press release: “As a friendship develops between longtime resident John Dodge and new arrival Mary Swanson, the lives of the inhabitants of Middletown intersect in strange and poignant ways in a journey that takes them from the local library to outer space and points between.”
The LBDC is comprised of students from Liberty Bell High School and the Independent Learning Center. Three of the principal roles are filled by seniors: Alex Eslava, who plays John Dodge; Hazel Culpsmith, who plays Mary Swanson; and Sophia Newton, who plays “Librarian,” a source of knowledge about the workings of Middletown both past and present.
“Middletown” runs at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Doors open 30 minutes before show time. Tickets are $5/students and $15/adults. Masks required for audience members.