Walla Walla Symphony concert aims to collect donations for food bank

Concertgoers can gain admission to a Thursday performance at Cordiner Hall with nonperishable food items.

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For the second year, Walla Walla Symphony members will work for food.

At its "Family Concert and Foodraiser" on Thursday, normal admission fees are suspended and those bearing nonperishable food items will be admitted. The donations go to Blue Mountain Action Council Food Bank and are distributed around the county for those in need of nutrition.

The food bank most needs protein such as canned tuna and peanut butter, and complete meals, including box dinners and canned stew. The agency can also take hygiene products like shampoo, deodorant and soap.

The 7 p.m. concert at Cordiner Hall will feature "The Three-Legged Monster," a story of twin instruments on an adventure through a forest, where they encounter scary "things in the night." The scariest tale is of the beast that flies through the night on one long wing and three legs.

Narrated by Walla Walla Community College drama director Kevin Loomer, the identity of the monster will be revealed during the concert and illustrations of the story will be shown on the wall while the orchestra plays.

"It's a very charming, very sweet piece that everyone enjoys, no matter what their age," said Sharon Thompson of the symphony.

Also featured will be Jake Willard, a freshman at Walla Walla Valley Academy. Williams has been studying bass with Benjamin Gish for three years and plays in the Con Brio Orchestra at Rogers School and in the Walla Walla Symphony Youth Orchestra. He will be playing Antonio Capuzzi's concerto for double bass.

For symphony information call 529-8020. For information about the food bank call 529-3561.

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