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Heart and Soul: A Swingin' Jazz Quintet at "At Michele's" in Richland, WA
September 14, 8-11 PM
Heart and Soul is a swinging jazz quintet. All members are professional musicians with long resumes. The pianist, Brian Swearingen, has a BA in piano performance and played for several years on cruise ships. The bass player, Phil Simpson, is the band instructor at Southridge High School and can easily play every instrument in the orchestra. Joseph Rastovich, who will be playing congas, is a Renaissance Man who is known not just for his music affinity but also for his large-scale metal sculptures seen around the Tri-Cities. The drummer, Gary Stivers, is the youngster of the group, just eighteen, and a prodigy on the drums. The group is led by Allen Johnson, who handles the vocals, along with trumpet, alto sax, flute, guitar, and an intriguing electronic instrument that can sound like anything from a clarinet to a bass trombone.
The band loves to mix it up with Latin, swing, pop, and some good ole rock n roll. Most importantly, they always have fun--and so do their audiences.
See and listen to Heart and Soul at "At Michele's" located at 2323 Henderson Loop, Richland, WA
Mastersingers Youth (MY) Choirs - Spring Session
2/4/19 - 5/20/19
Mastersingers Youth (MY) Choirs seek young singers to join for the Spring 2019 Session! The 4 non-auditioned MY choirs are open to all youth in grades 4-12, and provide educational and performance-oriented programming. Rehearsals are Monday evenings, February 4-May 20, at the CBC Choir Room Pasco campus: 4:30-6:00 - Boys Choir, Girls Choir (grades 4-7) 6:15-7:45 - Young Men's Choir, Young Women's Choir (grades 8-12) Registration is online at Tuition and fees are as follows: $40/month Tuition, available in 4 monthly payments or one single payment of $160 $30 Registration Fee (one per family, non-refundable) $25 Uniform Fee (one per singer) Tuition Assistance is available for families in financial need; visit for more details and to request assistance. To learn more about MY Choirs, visit our website.
This is not a single event, but a call for singers to join in a community choir program this February-May.
Mid-Columbia Ballet presents The Nutcracker
December 7th-9th, 2018
Friday and Saturday at 7pm
Saturday and Sunday at 1pm
Mid-Columbia Ballet presents the 43rd annual performance of The Nutcracker, December 7, 8, & 9, 2018 at The Richland High School Auditorium. This beloved family tradition features: 178 cast members; choreography by Artistic Director Debra Pearse Rogo; and guest artists Seo Hye Han and Irlan Silva of Boston Ballet as well as Kaitlin Frankenfield and Joshua Burnham of Manassas Ballet Theatre.
Weekend events include Sweet Treats, a VIP opportunity to meet the cast; Performance Perspectives, a pre-performance lecture uncovering the history of The Nutcracker, and the second Sensory Friendly Performance of The Nutcracker Suite.
December 8, 2018 3:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
January 5, 2019 3:00 p.m.
Bells of the Desert celebrates 10 years ringing together
Bells of the Desert, the Tri-Cities premier handbell ensemble presents Christmas Legacy, their 10th annual Christmas concert on Saturday, December 8, 3:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. at Kennewick First Presbyterian Church.
Christmas Legacy will feature music of the season ranging from traditional carols such as The First Noel and Silent Night to more modern pieces, such as a rollicking Jingle Bell Boogie and You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.
Admission to the Christmas Legacy concert is free, but a $10 donation is appreciated.
For more information about Bells of the Desert, please visit our website, www.bellsofthedesert.org, or our Facebook page.