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Festival Series 4 — Happy Birthday to You!

  • Gesa Power House Theatre 111 North 6th Avenue Walla Walla, WA, 99362 United States (map)

Tonight, we blow out the candles on the 2019 Festival Series, literally. The program will end with a kaleidoscopic version of Happy Birthday To You. Did you know the iconic tune was composed by two American women, Patty and Mildred J. Hill? Yup. It happened in 1893, round about the time Sibelius composed the string trio that opened the very first Festival Series performance of 2019 back in January. Talk about coming full-circle. In this case, however, the famous tune has been given the “Winston Choi” treatment… That means lots of musical Easter Eggs for you to identify. It’s a mashup worthy of the 300+ birthdays we will celebrate in honor of those who attend.

There’s more. Submerged for flute, harp and viola by Uruguayan-American composer, Miguel del Águila, Compline for string quartet, flute, clarinet and harp by Christopher Rouse, plus the Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 57, by Dimitri Shostakovich round out the program. Excellent music, all, but I suggest you come to toast the anniversary of your own birth. It’ll be quite the celebration, and you deserve it!

Miguel del Águila (b. 1957)

Submerged (2013) for flute, harp and violin

Christopher Rouse (b. 1949)

Compline (1996) for string quartet, flute, clarinet and harp


Intermission


Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)

Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 57 (1940)

I. Prelude: Lento

II. Fugue: Adagio

III. Scherzo: Allegretto

IV. Intermezzo: Lento

V. Finale: Allegretto

Winston Choi (b. 1977)

Happy Birthday Medley: A Violinist's Journey

Artists: Sarah Brady, flute; Winston Choi, piano; Timothy Christie, viola; Katri Ervamaa, cello; Norbert Lewandowski, cello; Amy Ley, harp; Christina McGann, violin; Stephen Miahky, violin; Philip Payton, violin; Maria Sampen, violin; Kevin Schempf, clarinet; and MingHuan Xu, violin.

Doors open at 6:30 pm.

General admission $20, family $45, student/youth $10

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