Etcetera - 4/1/13


BeneVint is right around the corner. Proceeds from Camp Fire Walla Walla’s second annual wine auction and night of entertainment will provide support for its programs for area children.

Last year’s event in the Charles Smith Wines tasting room was such a hit that it outgrew the space, said Kaitlin Kirk in a release. This time it will be April 6 in the Pavilion Rotunda at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds, 363 Orchard St.

Local musicians Jerry Yokel and Kevin Stauffer will play folk, jazz, blues and other melodies.

Regional wines from Leonetti, Rotie and Seven Hills are among the auction offerings, as well as other fun items, like an in-home dinner prepared by Chef Chris Ainsworth of Saffron Mediterranean Kitchen.

The $35 tickets are available at or the Camp Fire office, 414 S. Park St. Attendance is limited to 200. For more information, call 525-3180.

Walla Walla High School’s combined orchestras attended the Columbia Basin Music Educators Association Orchestra Festival March 22 at Hanford High School.

They received a superior rating for their performance. Judges Bruce Walker and Julia Salerno were particularly impressed with soloists Jennifer Cho, violin; Nathanial Lynn, violin; and Kelsey Gabel, viola, said Roger Garcia, Walla Walla School District music director.

High praise came to Walla Walla High School Choirs, which participated in the Columbia Basin Music Educators Association large choir festival March 20 at Kennewick High School.

More than 150 students sang in two large choirs: the mixed Symphonic Choir and Combined Women’s Choir, according to Norb Rossi, director of choirs. Both groups received superior ratings from adjudicators.

The Combined Women’s Choir — Treble Ensemble, Belles Voix and Chansons — sang “There is Sweet Music Here,” “I’m Goin’ Home on a Cloud,” and “Aya Ngena.” They were accompanied by Melissa Cadieux on piano. Percussionists for the Zulu folksong “Aya Ngena” were Jonathan Baker and Kristina Savalesky.

They received high praise from the judges in the areas of expressiveness, tone, and balance, Norb said.

The Symphonic Choir — Concert Choir and Chamber Singers — performed “Daniel, Daniel, Servant of the Lord,” iwth solos by Cougar Henderson and, ) followed by “Shenandoah” by James Erb.

They closed with the gospel favorite “City Called Heaven” accompanied by Gary Hemenway on piano. Soloists on the last piece were Addily Dyer and Hannah Herbert.

The choir was cited for its expressive performance.

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


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