Etcetera - 04/13/12

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Walla Walla Catholic Schools are turning the spotlight on the arts, said Nancy Metro, director of admissions and community relations. DeSales High School will host Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival's Children's Concert in June.

Tim Christie, festival founder and artistic director, said the Sounds Like Fun! free concert will be 4:30 p.m. on June 7 at DeSales, and is open to the community.

The chamber musicians' one-hour performance is called, "Construction Site: How To Build a Piece of Chamber Music," featuring saxophone, clarinet and strings in music by Mozart, Beethoven and others.

"A musical composition is a lot like a building. You need a solid foundation and you need a clear blueprint that connects design with construction. Laws like gravity apply to music just as they apply to the real world," Tim said.

Musicians will show how composers and performers work together to turn sonic chaos into beautiful music, Tim said.

Composer Marilyn Shrude, a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow, will make a cameo to create some new music for the assembled performers.

The other new event is Art Camp. Chris Johnson, who teaches the subject with WWCS, will hold the camp June 11 for WWCS students and another on June 12 for area students. For detailed information online, see www.thewwcs.com. Early registration is encouraged as space is limited

Folks here are being offered the chance to nominate an outstanding educator or educational program that makes a difference in the community.

To share these successes with the rest of Washington state, send a nomination for KCTS 9's 21st annual Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Education.

Those who contribute time or services in state schools from pre-K through 12th grade are eligible, including teachers, administrators, school staff and volunteers, specific education or community programs and local businesses.

Nominations can come from students, parents, teachers and community members.

Nominations may be made online at KCTS9.org/goldenapple or request a nomination form by at 800-766-0900.

The postmark deadline for nomination forms is April 30. A panel of education leaders from the community and past winners will then select this year's Golden Apple honorees.

Golden Apple Award winners will be honored at ceremonies in Seattle in January 2013. Winners will be profiled by KCTS 9 and receive the Golden Apple trophy and a cash prize.

Major Golden Apple sponsor PEMCO Insurance will also award each recipient a $1,500 grant to support their classroom, school or educational program.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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