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Pollinators are taking center stage

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Pollinator photo courtesy 
of Yakima Symphony Orchestra

With “Heroes and Superheroes!” on Saturday, the Yakima Symphony Orchestra opened a heroic season. Music from “Superman,” “Wonder Woman,” “The Incredibles” and more filled The Capitol Theatre, inspiring and thrilling an audience of all ages.

There is much more excitement on the horizon this season through the common thread of music written about, by and/or inspired by heroes.

While the music on stage this season will explore and celebrate varied aspects of heroism, the YSO — in collaboration with the Cowiche Canyon Conservancy, the Larson Gallery, artists, scientists and our community — will do the same with some pint-sized heroes living and working among us every day: pollinators.

Pollinators fertilize flowers by moving pollen from the male part (anther) of a flower to the female part (stigma). Pollination results in seeds and fruits and the next generation of plants. Bees, wasps, butterflies, moths, hummingbirds and bats are some of the pollinators that carry pollen from one plant to another as they collect nectar. These heroic pollinators play an extremely important role in our food supply, local economy and ecosystem.

The collaboration, “Pollinators — A Hero’s Life,” will begin in January with a children’s art-making event at the Yakima Central Library (downtown) and culminate May 25 at the YSO concert “A Hero’s Life,” which is titled after and will include Richard Strauss’ orchestral showpiece Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life).

Between those events will be multi-month community art exhibits at Essencia Artisan Bakery and Gilbert Cellars Gallery, lectures and presentations at Yakima Valley College and The Seasons Performance Hall, a pollinators walk in the Cowiche Canyon, artists’ receptions and more.

Like the “Voyage of the Monarch” collaboration in the 2017-18 season, “Pollinators — A Hero’s Life” begins with tiny, winged heroes. Like the monarchs we celebrated through music, art, science and community last winter and spring, the bees, wasps, butterflies, hummingbirds, bats and other animals of this season’s collaboration will enchant and inspire us with their heroic lives and hearts.


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