Local kids show what music can do

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If you are wondering where all of the "good kids" are in our town, you need look no further than the Holiday performance at the Walla Walla Symphony.

We heard the premiere of an original orchestral piece by Parker Davis, a senior at Wa-Hi. It was wonderful!

Margaret Kim, a 16-year-old from Pullman played an astounding Mozart piano concerto.

Kevin Loomer’s delightful story-telling was accompanied by the angelic voices of Elena Janis and Madison Garrett, two young middle school ladies.

To top off the evening, our talented and dedicated school district music teachers brought together just over 100, fourth-, fifth, sixth-graders to sing several songs, which included the ambitious "Halleluia" chorus from Handel’s Messiah.

These children were dressed in beautiful holiday outfits, they stood proudly, never taking their eyes off the conductors. They sang with strong, pure, joyful voices. The sold-out house was thrilled with the performances.

Many hours of rehearsals before and after school went into this event. These kids are an example of what music can do in a child’s life. I appreciate everyone at the Walla Walla Symphony for supporting our kids and providing them with this enriching & inspiring opportunity. I am looking forward to watching these kids continue to grow in their musical talents.

Kathryn Southwick Hess

Walla Walla

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