On Saturday, July 15, 2017, the Lake Chelan Bach Fest ended their Music on the Vine series with their final performance, Pops in the Park, at Riverwalk Park Pavilion in Chelan.
People of all ages gathered around Riverwalk Park Pavilion to enjoy the free concert. The beautiful sounds of the orchestra filled the Pavilion, while the audience enjoyed the views of Lake Chelan during sunset hours.
This year marked the 36th annual Lake Chelan Bach Fest. The orchestra performed pieces such as Huapango by Jose Pablo Moncayo, Broadway Tonight arranged by Bruce Chase and Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa. Musical and Artistic Director Daniel Baldwin thanked those who’ve supported and sponsored the Lake Chealn Bach Fest throughout the years, and throughout the past week of July 6-15.
Fifteen-year-old Bernadette Phillips, a cello player, has played in the Lake Chelan Bach Fest for the last three years. Phillips has been playing the cello for eight years now and plans to continue playing in the local festival for years to come.
“I really love it. It’s an opportunity to play with professional musicians, and it really helps me grow. Everyone is nice and it’s fun,” Phillips said.
Commenting on the Riverwalk Park Pavilion, Phillips said, “I like it. I think it’s a community spot. It gets everyone to come together.”
Viola player Anna Aldrich from Ronald, Washington, has participated in Lake Chelan Bach Fest for over 30 years now. “We love it. It’s just so much fun,” Aldrich said.
The concert included both classical and popular entertainment music. The audience heard Marche Slave by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, selections from the Broadway favorite Oklahoma, and three different pieces from the movie ‘Schindler’s List’ written by John Williams. The three pieces were Schindler’s List, Jewish Town and Remembrances.
To wrap up the concert, the orchestra performed Stars and Stripes Forever. The familiar tune moved the audience to their feet all while clapping and dancing along. Despite the wind, the audience was content with the sounds of the orchestra and the exquisite backdrop of Lake Chelan.
For more information on the Lake Chelan Bach Fest visit their website: www.bachfest.org.
(By Stephanie Quiroz)