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    June 2017

    Gesa Power House Theatre will screen the current Royal Shakespeare Company production of “Julius Caesar” on Wednesday, June 14 at 6:00 p.m.

    Angus Jackson directs Shakespeare’s epic political tragedy, as the race to claim the empire spirals out of control.

    Caesar returns from war, all-conquering, but mutiny is rumbling through the corridors of power.

    The Rome season (Julius Caesar, Antony & Cleopatra, Titus Andronicus, Coriolanus) in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre opens with the politics of spin and betrayal turning to violence. Following his sell-out productions of Tom Morton-Smith’s Oppenheimer (2014) and James Fenton’s adaptation of Don Quixote (2016), Season Director Angus Jackson steers the thrilling action.

    General admission tickets ($15 Adults, $10 Students) will be available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.

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    Walla Walla Valley Honda presents “Presto the Magician” – as part of the 2017 Little Watts Children’s Series of Family Entertainment – on Friday, June 23 at 6:00 p.m.

    Presto is Portland’s Favorite Family Magician performing comedy magic shows for birthday parties, libraries, schools, company parties, and other events. Winner of Portland’s 2016 Red Tricycle “Most Delightful Birthday Entertainer” award, Presto is able to charm audiences of all ages.

    Presto has been performing magic since he was a teenager, and now performs for tens of thousands of kids every year as a full-time entertainer.

    Reserved seating tickets ($12 Adult, $8 Youth 12 and Under) will be available to Members on Saturday, May 27, to our e-mail subscribers on Tuesday, May 30, and to the public on Friday, June 2, online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.

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    Each June, the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival presents over 30 events around the Walla Walla Valley. The fourth Series Concert will take place at Gesa Power House Theatre on Saturday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m.

    Robert Hutchinson (b. 1970)


    Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival Commission

    Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)


    I. Prelude: Adagio

    II. Scherzo: Allegro molto


    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)


    I. Allegro

    II. Larghetto

    III. Menuetto

    IV. Allegretto con variazioni

    Artists: Doyle Armbrust, viola; Timothy Christie, viola; Maeve Feinberg, violin; Norbert Lewandowski, cello; Clara Lyon, violin; Philip Payton, violin; Russell Rolen, cello; Maria Sampen, violin; Kevin Schempf, clarinet; and Spektral Quartet.

    General Admission Tickets ($20 Adult, $8 Student, $45 Family) are available at www.wwcmf.org.

    This performance was made possible by the generosity of Mark Brucks and Susan Monahan.

    About the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival:

    Founded in 2007 by Artistic Director Timothy Christie, the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival (WWCMF) is a non-profit organization committed to making chamber music accessible to all. In addition to tickets events, WWCMF presents extensive free children’s programming, targeted outreach events, and daily free open rehearsals throughout the Walla Walla community.

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    Gesa Power House Theatre will screen the current Royal Ballet production of “The Dream / Symphonic Variations /Margruerite and Armand” on Wednesday, June 28 at 6:00 p.m. This event is filmed live in London and rebroadcast internationally to select screens.

    This gorgeous mixed programme demonstrates the great creative vision of Frederick Ashton, Founder Choreographer of The Royal Ballet. The Dream is Ashton’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s riotous comedy in which a forest sprite plays havoc, armed with a love potion. Symphonic Variations was Ashton’s first work after World War II, and one of the Company’s first to be performed on the huge main stage of the Royal Opera House, in 1946. With six dancers performing a series of quartets, duets, sextets and solos to Franck’s brooding Variations symphoniques, this seminal masterpiece celebrates the pure beauty of movement. Marguerite and Armand is Ashton’s beautiful and emotional retelling of a well-known story, familiar to us through Verdi’s opera La traviata. Ashton famously created this poignant ballet on Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev in 1963.

    General admission tickets ($15 Adults, $10 Students) are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.

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    If you believe we should “Support Our Troops”, you ought to Support Their Stories. Please join legendary actor Tom Skerritt (TOP GUN, ALIEN, STEEL MAGNOLIAS) on Friday, June 30th at the Gesa Power House Theatre to do just that.

    Tom Skerritt is the co-founder — along with retired Army Captain Evan Bailey — of The Red Badge Project, a non-profit teaching veterans coping with PTSD and TBIs the skills needed for five-star storytelling.

    On this evening, Skerritt and two founding faculty members, Shawn Wong and Warren Etheredge, will share some of their trade secrets with you and introduce you to a handful of veterans who will share their stories on stage. Etheredge — who will serve as the event’s emcee — is also the co-founder and curator of the Walla Walla Movie Crush that will take place on July 1 and 2, also at the Power House.

    For more than five years, The Red Badge Project has been helping veterans express themselves in order to conquer their demons. (The Walla Walla Public Library has been host to the group since 2014.) You can help the cause by buying tickets – all proceeds benefit The Red Badge Project – to ensure that the stories told by the men and women of national service are held, healing, and heard.

    Reserved seating tickets ($25) are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.

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    July 2017

    Go to the movies, and be a part of Walla Walla History!

    2 days. 13 hours of programming. 11 World Premieres. 88 short movies… all new to you. Dozens of award-winners, including an Oscar® nominee. The 1st annual Walla Walla Movie Crush, America’s most intoxicating blend of short cinema, coming to the Gesa Power House Theatre on Saturday and Sunday, July 1 and 2.

    See and hear Stephen King (THE SHINING), Tituss Burgess (THE UNBREAKBALE KIMMY SCHMIDT), Jennifer Lawrence (THE HUNGER GAMES), John Turturro (DO THE RIGHT THING), Lena Dunham (GIRLS), Mary Elizabeth Ellis (IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA), Stephen Dorff (BLADE), Casey Wilson (SNL), Sam Elliott (WE WERE SOLDIERS) and Bobby Cannavale (BOARDWALK EMPIRE).

    Renowned short film expert Warren Etheredge has watched hundreds of short films and selected the very best for you to view, packaged in hour-long programs with time for conversations about the content with visiting filmmakers. The films range in length from one to 30 minutes, with most less than 10. Highlights include programs dedicated to veterans’ issues, sports, music, mothers, social mores, political discourse and, of course, romance… when it goes oh-so-right and oh-so-wrong.

    If your tastes run a little wilder, check out Walla Walla After Dark: The Crushening, a special program of the weird, the wild, the bawdy and the bizarre on Saturday, July 1st at 10pm at El Corazon (37 S Palouse St).

    On Sunday night, join us for 10 brand-new short films created specifically for the Walla Walla Movie Crush by these critically-acclaimed directors and filmmaking teams: The Adams Family (HALFWAY TO ZEN), Genevieve Anderson (TOO LOUD A SOLITUDE), Wendy Jo Carlton (EASY ABBY), Rick Castaneda (CEMENT SUITCASE), Mtume Gant (WHITE FACE), Jadoliv Studios, Josh Lunden (MODERN DARK), Joshua Seftel (WAR, INC.), Jacob Strunk (VALHALLA), and Caveh Zahedi (THE SHEIK AND I). When these films hit the screen, it will be the first time anyone has seen them, including the festival staff. The Walla Walla Movie Crush Challenge will be followed immediately by the festival’s Closing Night Awards Ceremony.

    For the full schedule and line-up visit: www.wallawallamoviecrush.com

    Tickets will be available online through June 30, and at the door based on availability.

    The Walla Walla Movie Crush receives support from The City of Walla Walla, the Walla Walla Public Library, Gesa Power House Theatre, and Washington FilmWorks. All proceeds from the Walla Walla Movie Crush go to support The Red Badge Project.

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    Gesa Power House Theatre and the Blue Mountain Humane Society invite you to attend a screening of the independent, foreign film “Kedi” on Friday, July 7. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the film begins at 7:00 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Blue Mountain Humane Society.

    Arrive early to visit with representatives from the Blue Mountain Humane Society, meet some adorable cats (available for adoption), and get your picture taken in a photo booth.

    All donations that Blue Mountain Humane Society receives during the PETS90X Challenge will be matched by the Murr Family Foundation.

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    Gesa Power House Theatre will screen the current Royal Shakespeare Company production of “Antony & Cleopatra” on Wednesday, July 12 at 6:00 p.m. This production is filmed live in Stratford-Upon-Avon and rebroadcast internationally to select screens.

    Following Caesar’s assassination Mark Antony has reached the heights of power. Now he has neglected his empire for a life of decadent seduction with his mistress, Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. Torn between love and duty, Antony’s military brilliance deserts him, and his passion leads the lovers to their tragic end.

    Iqbal Khan returns to the Royal Shakespeare Company to direct, following his critically acclaimed productions of Othello (2015) and Much Ado About Nothing (2012).

    General admission tickets ($15 Adults, $10 Students) are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.

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    Gesa Power House Theatre presents Herb Alpert & Lani Hall in concert on Sunday, July 30 at 7:00 p.m.

    Herb Alpert — the iconic trumpeter, composer, record label executive, artist and philanthropist — has had five #1 hits, released fifteen Gold albums, fourteen Platinum albums and has sold over 72 million records. After more than 50 years of ground-breaking accomplishments, he continues to be a prolific musician. He recently released a Grammy-nominated album of new material, inspired by electronic and dance music, called “Human Nature” – his fourth album of new music in just three years. It features five new original compositions and Alpert’s signature re–imagining of classics like Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature,” Burt Bacharach’s “Alfie” and “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” and Bacharach and Elvis Costello’s “Look Up Again.”

    Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass propelled Alpert’s sound into the pop music limelight, at one point outselling the Beatles two to one. In 1966, they achieved the since-unmatched feat of simultaneously having four albums in the Top 10– and five in the Top 20. Alpert also has the distinction of being the only artist who has had a #1 instrumental and vocal single.

    To honor this landmark year, 24 of his classic albums were remastered from the original analog tapes and reissued for the first time, several of which have been out of print for a number of years. On the heels of the reissues, 13 of Herb’s albums returned to the Billboard Top 50 Catalog Jazz albums chart. 11 of his titles are currently in the Top 100 Jazz albums on Amazon. Billboard also listed Herb at #7 on their Greatest Of All Time Billboard 200 Artists list this year. Summer, 2017, Herb releases two new albums, “Music Volume 1” and “The Christmas Wish,” recorded with symphony and chorus.

    A 2006 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Alpert has also dedicated his life to philanthropy, funding programs that include arts education, jazz and support to professional artists. Through the Herb Alpert Foundation, he has endowed the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, the Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts and most recently the Music Department at Los Angeles City College. This gift to LACC provides free attendance, additional private lessons and further financial aid to music majors. Herb has also established the Herb Alpert Scholarships for Emerging Young Artists at California State Summer School for the Arts, and the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts administered by Cal Arts for the past 22 years.

    Grammy Award-winning vocalist and producer Lani Hall joins her husband, Herb Alpert, on the current concert tour.

    Lani Hall started her singing career in 1966, as the lead singer of Sergio Mendes’s break through group, Brasil ’66. She has the distinction of recording more than 22 albums in three different languages (English, Portuguese and Spanish, and in 1983, she sang the title song for the James Bond film, Never Say Never Again. In 1986 Hall won her first Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Performance for her album, “Es Facil Amar”. Hall picked up her second Grammy Award as producer on Herb Alpert’s 2013 album, “Steppin’ Out”.

    While her singing career took her on the road, Hall also focused on her writing—committing to the page her personal impressions of the world around her. Sergio Mendes further expanded her writing career by asking Lani to write the English lyrics for many of the band’s Brazilian songs. Her debut book, “Emotional Memoirs & Short Stories”, compiles 10 short stories from 30 years of writing short fiction and true stories from her life—all woven together by a connecting personal narrative, with the city of Chicago as the backdrop. Her characters are intelligent, modern women struggling to navigate the uncertain waters of adultery, therapy, cosmetic surgery, postpartum depression and their own sexuality.

    And now, with the release of her audio book, “Emotional Memoirs & Short Stories”, Hall has mixed her two creative expressions to make one total experience. With her emotional narration at the forefront, she has placed a unique, musically scored soundtrack, creating an emotional landscape of music, to all 10 stories, making each chosen scene come to vivid life.

    Since 2006, Herb Alpert and Lani Hall have been touring with their band to sell out performances.

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    August 2017

    Gesa Power House Theatre will screen the current Royal Opera production of “Otello” on Wednesday, July 12 at 6:00 p.m. This production is filmed live in London and rebroadcast internationally to select screens.

    World-famous tenor Jonas Kaufmann makes his role debut as Otello in Verdi’s passionate retelling of Shakespeare’s great tragedy of jealousy, deception and murder. Soprano Maria Agresta will be his Desdemona and baritone Ludovic Tézier his nemesis Iago in a new production by Olivier Award-winning director Keith Warner.

    A major work of the opera repertory, Verdi’s Otello draws on the full forces of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, the Royal Opera Chorus and this stellar line-up of principal singers, with exquisite duets, emotionally potent solo numbers and thrilling choruses. Particular highlights include Otello and Desdemona’s rapturous love duet and Desdemona’s poignant ‘Willow Song’. Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts this Italian masterpiece.

    General admission tickets ($15 Adults, $10 Students) are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500.

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