Chamber Music Festival offers musical feast


Timothy Christie, left, leads an oboe quartet in the Quartet in F Major (Mozart) at an open rehearsal at Salumiere Cersario in downtown Walla Walla on Saturday morning. The musicians are (left to right) Christie, Sally Singer Tuttle, Dan Williams and  Maria Sampen.

Timothy Christie, left, leads an oboe quartet in the Quartet in F Major (Mozart) at an open rehearsal at Salumiere Cersario in downtown Walla Walla on Saturday morning. The musicians are (left to right) Christie, Sally Singer Tuttle, Dan Williams and Maria Sampen. Photo by Greg Lehman.

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WALLA WALLA — Approximately 60 people crowded Salumiere Cesario on Saturday morning for the fourth free classical music concert and rehearsal put on by the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival.

This year’s winter series of concerts kicked off with a Rotary Outreach Concert at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center on Thursday. That was followed by a free concert the same afternoon at Walla Walla Public Library.

On Friday, the festival’s musicians gave a free master class workshop to music students from the three local colleges. Then on Saturday, the tables were pushed back at the popular downtown eatery to make room for musicians and the audience.

“For us it is a way to give back to the community and provide a great venue and free concert,” Salumiere Cesario co-owner Colby Burke said, noting this was the third free concert held at the restaurant since its relocation to Main Street. “We think it is a really neat event and we will continue to hold it here.”

In addition to the free concerts and rehearsals, this year’s festival offered four paid concerts, with the last concert taking place today at the Gesa Power House Theatre, 111 N. Sixth Ave.

Tonight’s concert will include works by Benjamin Britten, Maurice Ravel and Mozart. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. Adult tickets, $20; students and children, $8; family, two and up to four children, $45.

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