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Festival Series 4

  • PowerHouse Theater 111 N 6th Ave Walla Walla, WA, 99362 United States (map)

Tonight’s performance has been made possible by the generosity of Linda Tam.

Closing night of the 2015 Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival bids au revoir with a pair of virtuoso works for harp and strings.

The Debussy Danse Sacrée et Danse Profane for Harp and Strings has been the measure of many a harpist since its composition in 1904. Fellow Frenchman Camille Saint-Saëns composed his Fantaisie for Harp and Violin in 1907. Though close in age, these works inhabit very different sound worlds. Bringing everything to a close is the virtuosic Sextet for Piano and Strings by Felix Mendelssohn. Pound for pound, Mendelssohn delivered more show-stoppers than any other composer by the age of 18. The D Major Sextet is just that, composed when Mendelssohn was but 15 years old. It is a fitting way to usher in the 2016 Festival season over which Mendelssohn will preside as subject of the year’s poster.


Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)

Fantaisie for violin and harp

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

Danse Sacré et Danse Profane for Harp and Strings


Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

Piano Sextet in D Major, Op. 110

I. Allegro vivace
II. Adagio
III. Minuetto: Agitato
IV. Allegro vivace — Agitato — Allegro con fuoco

Artists: Winston Choi, piano; Timothy Christie, viola; Norbert Lewandowski, cello; Amy Ley, harp; Christina McGann, violin;  Stephen Miahky, violin; Philip Payton, violin; Maria Sampen, violin; Stephen Schermer, bass; Sally Singer Tuttle, cello; and MingHuan Xu, violin.

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Doors open at 6:30pm

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