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Forte: It’s nearly time for symphonies and sunsets

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Yakima Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lawrence Golan, performing at the Cave B Summer Music Theater, July 23, 2017.

YAKIMA, Wash. -- In June, after a “Musical Voyage Around the World” with ports of call in Austria, the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, Russia, England, India and the Caribbean, the Yakima Symphony Orchestra and patrons will return to their summer home at the Cave B Summer Music Theatre in Quincy.

Now in its second season, Summer Sunday Symphonies with the Yakima Symphony Orchestra will include performances on June 24 and Aug. 19. Last summer, these outdoor concerts on a newly constructed stage were the beginning of a wonderful summer tradition in Central Washington, and indeed the Northwest, where patrons enjoyed spectacular music performed by a full orchestra and panoramic views of vineyards, Columbia River cliffs and a seemingly endless skyscape.

“Cave B for Beethoven” inaugurated the series in June with Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, Consecration of the House, Leonore Overture No. 3 and Symphony No. 5 — accompanied by a breathtaking sunset. “The Force of Destiny” followed in July with pieces by Verdi, Mascagni and Tchaikovsky. The series concluded in August with “Pure Genius”: symphonies by Mozart and Mendelssohn.

An equally magnificent repertoire is in store for this second summer series.

“In the middle of everywhere,” the Cave B Summer Music Theater in Quincy is readily accessible for an enjoyable summer’s evening or as part of a longer excursion with overnight stays. A symphony bus will be available again to Yakima patrons, who should bring folding chairs and/or blankets for lawn seating. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

Summer Sunday Symphonies with the Yakima Symphony Orchestra are memorable and memory-making. We’ll see you at the symphony!

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