The Seasons Fall Festival

For the next several days, blogging will be irregular. (“So, what’s new?” a cynic might say.) The Rifftides staff is knee deep in the fourth year of The Seasons Fall BrubeckBros_Quartet_j.jpgFestival. The nine days of music include The Brubeck Brothers Quartet (pictured, left), Matt Wilson, Dena DeRose, The Imani Winds (pictured below), an African drum ensemble and an assortment of piano trios, string quartets and a chamber orchestra. The festival will present the world premiere of a new work by composer Daron Hagen, the festival’s artistic director. To see a schedule of the main events, go here.
Parallel to the festival’s main concerts is a series of workshops conducted by Hagen for a imani_winds.jpgdozen outstanding young composers from around the United States. The Yakima Symphony Chamber Orchestra under Brooke Creswell will perform two new compositions chosen from among those by the young composers. All of that in a town of 85,000 in the heart of apple country at the foot of the Cascade mountains. That’s lot of music, a lot of listening. I will post reviews and impressions along the way. The satellite events will include a Monday pre-concert music-and-gab session conducted by your faithful correspondent. For a detailed schedule of all the events, go here. If you are coming to Yakima for the festival, please make yourself known. I’d enjoy meeting you.

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