Walla Walla Symphony’s opener features ‘dynamic duo’


The sight of multicolored leaves falling in the Valley is a familiar harbinger for the rising of multi-textured symphonic sounds at Cordiner Hall on the Whitman College campus at the corner of Park Street and Boyer Avenue.

This year will be no different as the Walla Walla Symphony opens its 107th season Tuesday with works of Gioacchino Rossini, Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Zoltan Kodály and Max Bruch.

At a glance

This year’s Walla Walla Symphony season features six concerts, four-concert Guest Artist Soiree Series and the annual free family concert and “Foodraiser.”

In addition to a busy performance schedule, the Symphony also will offer music education programs. The programs include a free instrument lending library that has made more than 100 instruments available to young people in the Valley, an annual free Rock n’ Roll camp for area teens, a free Youth Orchestra, free concerts for school children and musician visits and performances in area schools.

For tickets and more details about the symphony and its performance schedule visit wwsymphony.org or call the symphony office at 509-529-8020.

“A symphonic season is like a painting,” writes Yaacov Bergman, the symphony’s music director and conductor since 1987.

“Colors, shapes, moods, textures and temperaments in compositional balance serve to nourish our senses and stimulate our imagination.”

That “painting” will be in double vision as 17-year-old twin sisters Katherine and Jacqueline Audas accompany the symphony in its 2013-14 season opener.

Boise High School seniors who’ve performed nationally — Katherine a cellist and Jacqueline a violinist — they and accompanying pianist Peggy Purdy will perform several pieces at the Guest Artist Soirée at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Walla Walla Community College Performing Arts Auditorium, 800 Tausick Way.

With the full symphony on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Cordiner Hall, Katherine will solo in Tchaikovsky’s “Variations on a Rococo Theme.”

Jacqueline will solo in Bruch’s “Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor.”

Jacqueline began playing the violin at age 3 and currently studies with Arkady Fomin, director of the New Dallas Conservatory and member of the Clavier Trio, according biographies provided by the symphony.

She made her solo debut at 14 and for the past three years has won first place in the Idaho State Music Education Association solo violin competition.

She has performed with the Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, the Meridian (Idaho) Symphony, the Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra in Durango, Colo., and the Symphony of Toys in Dallas.

Katherine started playing cello at age 4 and currently studies with Jesus Castro-Balbi, a cello professor at Texas Christian University and also a member of the Clavier Trio.

She made her solo debut at 11 with the Meridian Symphony and this year won first place awards in the Idaho State Music Education Association and the International Crescendo Music Awards in Tulsa, Okla.

She also performed with orchestras in Colorado and Texas.

Bergman said Tuesday’s season opener will have a “youthful character” with the Audas sisters as guest soloists in two full-blown Romantic works in the performance juxtaposed against the Classical and cheerful overture to Rossini’s opera, “The Barber of Seville,” and the “Dances of Galanta” in folk style by Kodály.


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