Walla Walla Symphony presents family concert

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The Walla Walla Symphony will present an informal concert for the whole family at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 in Cordiner Hall, Whitman College campus. The only admission price is a non-perishable food item per person.

Maestro Yaacov Bergman will conduct "The Three-Legged Monster" by Tzvi Avni, an adventure story about twin violins who search for a monster in the woods. The story is narrated by Kevin Loomer. Young area bass player Jake Willard will perform "Concerto for Double Bass" by Giuseppe Antonio Capuzzi with the Symphony. "America the Beautiful" is also on the program.

Food items gathered in this event will be donated to local food banks. Dress is casual. The concert is sponsored by Key Technology, Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Whitman College and the NAMM Foundation.

Willard is a freshman at Walla Walla Valley Academy and has been taking double bass lessons from Benjamin Gish for three years. He plays in the Con Brio Orchestra under Laura Trupp at Rogers School and in the Walla Walla Symphony Youth Orchestra under Gish. His other interests include playing electric and acoustic guitars, snow skiing, skateboarding and playing basketball. He has one older brother and three younger sisters.

Loomer has acted, directed and designed and built sets for more than 75 stage productions in a variety of theatrical venues.

Probably best known for his performances in the Walla Walla Community College Foundation's summer musicals, he has been featured as Luther Billis in "South Pacific," Albert Peterson in "Bye Bye Birdie" and Frank Butler in "Annie Get Your Gun." He currently teaches public speaking at WWCC and designs and builds sets for their theater arts department.

For more information, visit the symphony's Web site at www.wwsymphony.org or call the symphony office at 529-8020.

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