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    March 2019

    Emily Richman is a comedian, a theatre actor and director, a public speaker, and an ordained minister. She’s still trying to decide what she wants to be when she grows up. She’s 38, so she has plenty of time. Emily grew up in the nuclear hills of Eastern Washington State and somewhere around her mid 20’s realized a dream she never knew she had when she went up her first time at a comedy open mic. She has been hooked ever since. Her comedy tackles her experience as a woman living in a fat body, being single, online dating, and some of life’s more difficult experiences, like medical emergencies, or losing a loved one. Emily finds humor and hope in things that many would be scared to share with a friend, let alone into a microphone. She wants to share her experiences and let you know that you’re not alone. Yes, we’re all really this weird. Isn’t it glorious?

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    Richard Eyre’s beautiful production provides the perfect setting for Giuseppe Verdi’s opera about a courtesan who sacrifices all for love. From the thrill of unexpected romance to a heartbreaking reconciliation that comes too late. Alfredo falls in love in with the courtesan Violetta in glamorous Paris society, but underneath the surface run darker undercurrents, leading to a tragic ending. The opera’s wealth of melodies includes the famous Brindisi and the exuberant “Sempre libera” – both showing the lyricism of Italian opera at its most immediately appealing.

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    The five members of Imar have been awarded many top prizes in Celtic music, including nine All-Ireland and eight All-Britain titles. Their sound is mainly traditional Irish music with some contemporary and original compositions. The band were BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners in 2018 and were nominated for “Band of the Year” at the 2018 Scots Trad Music Awards.

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    Cervantes’s story of the bumbling knight Don Quixote has inspired countless artistic interpretations. Marius Petipa choreographed this sparkling ballet about the encounters of the man from La Mancha and his faithful squire Sancho Panza. Carlos Acosta’s vibrant staging brings together the whole Royal Ballet Company in such roles as exuberant villagers, passionate gypsies and even fantasy flowers. The story follows Don Quixote’s picaresque journey to do deeds in honor of his imaginary noble lady, Dulcinea. Sunny, charming, funny and touching – Don Quixote is a ballet as full of uplifting emotion as it is of astonishing ballet technique.

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    Seattle Rock Orchestra dives deep into Led Zeppelin’s discography, performing songs from the surprisingly folky Led Zeppelin III, as well songs from the mature heavy rock of Led Zeppelin IV. Featured songs include “Going To California,” “Immigrant Song,” and of course, the one and only: “Stairway to Heaven.”

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    Cervantes’s story of the bumbling knight Don Quixote has inspired countless artistic interpretations. Marius Petipa choreographed this sparkling ballet about the encounters of the man from La Mancha and his faithful squire Sancho Panza. Carlos Acosta’s vibrant staging brings together the whole Royal Ballet Company in such roles as exuberant villagers, passionate gypsies and even fantasy flowers. The story follows Don Quixote’s picaresque journey to do deeds in honor of his imaginary noble lady, Dulcinea. Sunny, charming, funny and touching – Don Quixote is a ballet as full of uplifting emotion as it is of astonishing ballet technique.

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    Sometimes the best solutions to the biggest problems can be found in the most unlikely of places. Meet the beaver believers: five scientists and a sassy, spicy hairdresser, tackling climate change, one stick at a time. “The Beaver Believers” is a documentary film directed by Sarah Koenigsberg of Tensegrity Productions in Walla Walla. Join us for the Walla Walla Premiere screening on Wednesday, March 27.

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    April 2019

    Six Appeal is a world-class vocal ensemble that combines musical prowess and sharp comedic timing with the energy and vitality of a rock band. The award-winning vocal band will take you on a journey that covers multiple decades and genres of music – performing classic oldies, current chart toppers, and catchy original tunes – completely a cappella.

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    Fearless front-woman Derina Harvey leads this Celtic rock group, who are recent winners of the People’s Choice Award at the 2018 Edmonton Music Awards. The group offers a fresh take on traditional folk songs as well as an increasing amount of original material. The band has a rocky, rhythmic undertow; layered with guitars, fiddle, and topped by Derina’s powerful vocals. Derina’s vibrant personality takes center stage with humor and storytelling, and the band has built their reputation through high-energy live shows.

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    The Beaver Believers is the urgent yet whimsical story of an unlikely cadre of activists who share a common vision: restoring the North American Beaver, that most industrious, ingenious, bucktoothed engineer, to the watersheds of the arid West. The Beaver Believers encourage us to embrace a new paradigm for managing our western lands, one that seeks to partner with the natural world rather than overpower it. As a keystone species, beaver enrich their ecosystems, creating the complexity and resiliency our watersheds need to absorb the impacts of climate change. Beavers can show us the way and even do much of the work for us, if only we can find the humility to trust in the restorative power of nature and our own ability to play a positive role within it.

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    Leonora falls in love with Don Alvaro, but when her father forbids their marriage, a fatal accident triggers a drama of obsession, vengeance and tragedy. Jonas Kaufmann and Anna Netrebko star in Verdi’s epic La forza del destino (The Force of Destiny) an opera which demands the very best of singers for its powerful music and the fullest theatrical treatment for its story of bitter revenge pursued across miles and years. The production comes to The Royal Opera in a sensational staging from Amsterdam packed with colour and action. It is directed by Christof Loy and conducted by Antonio Pappano, Music Director of The Royal Opera.

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    May 2019

    Rosalind is banished, wrestling with her heart and her head. With her cousin by her side, she journeys to a world of exile where barriers are broken down and all can discover their deeper selves. Director Kimberley Sykes (Dido, Queen of Carthage) directs a riotous, exhilarating version of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy. Filmed during a live event, the Live Cinema Series broadcasts offer audiences an equivalent to the best seat in the house, with incredibly detailed close-ups of the performers.

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    In the final scene of Ibsen’s 1879 groundbreaking masterwork, A Doll’s House, Nora Helmer closed the door on her husband and family in order to find herself. In A Doll’s House, Part 2 modern playwright Lucas Hnath imagines that she comes back through that door fifteen years later. Where has she been? What does she want? In a round of provocative and often hilarious skirmishes with the members of her abandoned household, Nora struggles with the difficult balance between truth to oneself and responsibility to others. 

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    In the final scene of Ibsen’s 1879 groundbreaking masterwork, A Doll’s House, Nora Helmer closed the door on her husband and family in order to find herself. In A Doll’s House, Part 2 modern playwright Lucas Hnath imagines that she comes back through that door fifteen years later. Where has she been? What does she want? In a round of provocative and often hilarious skirmishes with the members of her abandoned household, Nora struggles with the difficult balance between truth to oneself and responsibility to others. 

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    In the final scene of Ibsen’s 1879 groundbreaking masterwork, A Doll’s House, Nora Helmer closed the door on her husband and family in order to find herself. In A Doll’s House, Part 2 modern playwright Lucas Hnath imagines that she comes back through that door fifteen years later. Where has she been? What does she want? In a round of provocative and often hilarious skirmishes with the members of her abandoned household, Nora struggles with the difficult balance between truth to oneself and responsibility to others. 

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    June 2019

    The Caravan of GLAM is a flamboyant cabaret act featuring drag, burlesque, acrobatics, live singing, comedy, fire, and aerial performances. The group formed in 2013, appeared on “America’s Got Talent” in 2015, and now tours the United States and beyond. Expect the unexpected as each show is customized to the venue and no two shows are ever the same.

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    Please join us at Gesa Power House Theatre on Saturday, June 1 from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. for an all-ages dance party, with music by DJ Mylonite, upstairs in the Electric Lounge to celebrate the beginning of Pride Month in Walla Walla.

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    There are many versions of the story of Faust, who trades his soul with the Devil for youth and power, but Gounod’s opera remains one of the most constantly enthralling. Michael Fabiano stars as Faust, with Diana Damrau as his beloved Marguerite and Erwin Schrott as the diabolical Méphistophélès. Virtuoso leading roles, a large chorus, sensational sets, ballet and an ecstatic finale make this the epitome of theatrical spectacle – the lavish scale of French grand opera is wonderfully in evidence in this production by David McVicar, set in 1870s Paris. Above all, the music includes several of popular opera’s most recognizable numbers, performed by a cast of great international singers and the Royal Opera Chorus.

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    The Walla Walla Fire District 8 will host a community presentation on “Wildfire Awareness” at Gesa Power House Theatre on Wednesday, June 5 at 7:00 p.m. The event is sponsored by Sportsman’s Warehouse, 9th St Auto, L&G Ranch Supply, and Columbia REA. The presentation will include information on the November 2018 California wildfires, with firsthand pictures and accounts from local agencies, part of Washington State Task Force 2 that responded last year. The presentation will also cover Walla Walla County emergeny management programs, including: Alerts, Evacuations, Notifications, Ready Bags, Safety Zones, and Shelter in Place. Finally, the presentation will discuss what assistance property owners can provide with during a fire incident.

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    The opening Festival Series performance of the 2019 June season takes a close look at two distinct but related styles of composition. We have on the one hand the Sonata in D minor, Op. 75, by Camille Saint-Saëns, and the Piano Quintet in A, Op. 81, by Antonin Dvořák. One lays the groundwork for the style known as Impressionism, while the other barters overtly in the compositional movement known as Nationalism, though no less image-rich than its French counterpart. These pieces were composed about two years and 550 miles apart, the former in 1885 (Paris), the latter in 1887 (Prague).

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    The contemporary face of The Royal Ballet is shown in works from three of today’s leading choreographers. Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour is based around seven couples separating and intermingling, to music by Vivaldi and Bossi and lit with rich colours suggested by sunset. Pite’s Flight Pattern, revived for the first time, uses Górecki’s familiar music and a large dance ensemble for a poignant and passionate reflection on migration. Between them, Medusa, a new work created by the acclaimed choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, has its premiere to bring the contemporary truly up-to-date.

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    Immerse yourself in social and educational wine festivities with Walla Walla Valley wineries, guest winemakers from the world’s leading wine regions and esteemed speakers for the 7th annual Celebrate Walla Walla Valley Wine. Participate in rare vintage tastings, reserve a seat at intimate winemaker dinners and compare and share the differences of the Walla Walla Valley with other leading wine regions around the world during wine panel presentations.

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    Night Music. Brings to mind Bob Seger and his evident work regarding “night moves.” However, we at WWCMF are taking a different tack. Night means all sorts of things. For example, there are animals that only come out at night. Turns out, these animals make different sounds than those that inhabit daylight. Béla Bartók was a composer who was famously fascinated by night sounds. His Third String Quartet stands as a great example of music conceived with a nocturnal soundscape in mind.

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    WWCMF presents a program of stunning variety for our third Festival Series performance of the June 2019 season. The cast includes piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, horn, trumpet and trombone. These amazing artists perform with such outstanding ensembles as the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra (NY), Cleveland Orchestra (OH), Boston Modern Orchestra Project (MA) and the Seattle Symphony during the year. In June, we have them all to ourselves in Walla Walla.

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