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Portrait of an Artist 1 — Jingwen Tu, piano
Jun
6
6:00 PM18:00

Portrait of an Artist 1 — Jingwen Tu, piano

Pianist Jingwen Tu has been heard around the world in iconic venues such as Alice Tully Hall, Matav Music Hall (Budapest) and the Banff Centre. Now she makes her WWCMF debut in the beautiful gallery of Foundry Vineyards. WWCMF Founder and Artistic Director Timothy Christie joins Jingwen for a conversation and recital of works by Berg, Bach and Chopin. Kick off the 2019 June Festival in style with this extraordinary mix of sonata, partita and ballade.

Artist: Jingwen Tu, piano

Doors open at 5 pm.

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Portrait of an Artist 2 — Natasha Bazhanov, violin
Jun
13
6:00 PM18:00

Portrait of an Artist 2 — Natasha Bazhanov, violin

Russian-American violinist Natasha Bazhanov enjoys a vibrant career as a member of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. A musician of varied interests, Natasha is also a member of the Seattle-based Girsky String Quartet. She brings a unique perspective as a master of the inner voice. What do I mean by “inner voice?” Simply that Natasha spends her time in the second violin section and playing second violin in the quartet. But what does that mean in terms of music? It means versatility. In baseball terms, Natasha can play the outfield or the infield. She bats .300, brings in 100 RBIs and steals 30 bases. She’ll even pitch an inning when needed. Such is the nature of excelling in the role of second fiddle. Tonight she’ll take the spotlight all to herself. Join us at Revelry Vintners for what will surely be an exciting and enlightening performance of music by Dvorak, Kreisler and Bach.

Artists: Natasha Bazhanov, violin; Jingwen Tu, piano

Doors open at 5 pm.

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Portrait of an Artist 3 — Weston Sprott, trombone
Jun
20
6:00 PM18:00

Portrait of an Artist 3 — Weston Sprott, trombone

Weston Sprott is a trombonist who plays a lot of opera… I mean A LOT! He is the principal trombone of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York City, one of the premier orchestras in the world. Operas can be long… I mean REALLY LONG. What do you suppose he’s thinking about down there in the pit? Sometimes trombones might have rests for about 30 minutes, before having to come in “guns blazing.” How does he stay warmed up? There are so many questions. We have answers, and a terrific recital to boot. Weston brings music by Ravel, Telemann and Tchaikowski, among others. And yes, there will be some opera.

Artists: Weston Sprott, trombone; Anna Stoytcheva, piano

Doors open at 5 pm.

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Portrait of an Artist 4 — Philip Payton, violin
Jun
27
6:00 PM18:00

Portrait of an Artist 4 — Philip Payton, violin

WWCMF lifer and violinist Philip Payton is a popular guy around Walla Walla. He is friendly. That’s a fact. He also loves every aspect of this community, and attempts to visit every corner during his annual June residency. For his Portrait of an Artist recital, he can cross one of the more scenically beautiful corners of Walla Walla off his list, that being the bucolic super-venue, Garrison Creek Cellars. Come spend an hour getting to know Phil: what makes him tick, and what he’s excited about musically. This consummate artist enjoys a career of wide variety on Broadway, in pop culture and classical music. Concertmaster for Jay-Z at Carnegie Hall? You bet. The Late Show? Yup. What about SNL? Well, at this point you better come to the performance and find out for yourself! Featuring music by Brahms, Piazzola, and Turina among others.

Artists: Winston Choi, piano; Philip Payton, violin

Doors open at 5 pm.

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