NWPR hosts to narrate 'Peter and the Wolf'

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WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Symphony will present an informal dress, free concert for the whole family at 7 tonight at Cordiner Hall. Narrating the production are Robin Rilette and Gillian Coldsnow, from Northwest Public Radio.

Admission is free with one non-perishable food item per person.

Maestro Yaacov Bergman and the orchestra will perform Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf,” narrated by NWPR’s Robin Rilette and Gillian Coldsnow, and including dancers from The Dance Center, with Idalee Hutson-Fish as artistic director.

Young violinist Diana Wang will perform Sarasate’s “Zigeunerweisen, or Gypsy Airs.”

All food items gathered at this foodraiser concert will be donated to Blue Mountain Action Council.

Oregon native Rilette came to work for NWPR in 1989 as a graduate from Portland State University, where she began her radio career as a volunteer for Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Three years after her arrival she became the station’s music director.

She hosts “Classical Music with Robin Rilette” from 9 a.m. -noon as well as concerts around the Northwest five or six times a year.

Coldsnow, assistant manager of programming and operations for NWPR, traces her roots in radio back to her early days in Singapore.

Shortly after graduation from Singapore’s National University, where she majored in English and philosophy.

She began working for Singapore Broadcasting Corporation as a classical music host and producer.

She started the country’s first classical music magazine program for children.

Along the way she picked up several awards including a special commendation from the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union.

She moved to the U.S. in 1987, first to Tillamook, Ore., where she hosted the KTIL-FM and AM morning show, which had a mix of pop, big band music and news with a strong focus on community.

In 1993, she moved to Pullman to become Northwest Public Radio’s classical music host in the afternoon. In 1997, she became the operations and traffic manager, then hosted “Morning Edition” for 81/2 before taking her current position in 2008.

Diana Wang, a ninth-grader at Hanford High School, has been playing the violin since age 5. She studies with Siyuan, or Frank, Lu.

Over the years, Diana has competed in the Mid-Columbia Symphony’s Young Artist Competition and has had the privilege to perform with the Mid-Columbia Symphony twice.

She is a part of the group as well. In addition, Diana has been invited to play for Camerata Musica and competed in the Northwest Spokane Musicfest, where she has won two silver medals and a gold.

She has also played piano since age 7 with Holly Harty and has won first place at the CWU sonata-sonatina festival.

The concert is sponsored by Community Bank, Key Technology, Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Whitman College and Tallman’s Drug. For more information, call 509-529-8020.

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