Cascadia Music Concerts: Holiday Concerts and More

Winter 2016-17

Cascadia Music’s concert season got off to a rousing start with an energetic and well received Jazz in the Methow show featuring vocalists Nancy Zahn and Laura Love. The capacity crowd was also treated to the inspired and dynamic accompaniment and solo work of pianist David Deacon-Joyner from Tacoma, and local musicians Wayne Mendro, Bob Hougham, Phil Woras, Todd Eberline and Terry Hunt. The evening of music included Jazz Standards, Swing, Rhythm and Blues, and even some Motown.

The season continues on December 13 and 14 with the Annual Holiday Concert featuring the Cascadia Chorale and Pipestone Orchestra. This year the orchestra is under the direction of Matt Armbrust. They will perform Handel’s Water Music, Winter Wonderland and Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring with the choir. The Chorale is directed again this year by Dana Stromberger. Selections will include a set of well-known carols and Eric Whitacre’s Lux Aurumque which was composed for a virtual choir of 185 singers from 12 countries that recorded their parts at home on their computers. The concert is held at the Methow Valley Community Center and begins at 7pm both nights. Admission is by donation.

The second Jazz in the Methow concert on January 28 spotlights the Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto presenting an evening of Brazilian Jazz. “Three-time Latin Grammy nominee Jovino Santos Neto, a master pianist, composer and arranger, is among the top Brazilian musicians working today.”
Currently based in Seattle, Washington, Jovino Santons Neto  has throughout his career been closely affiliated with the Brazilian master Hermeto Pascoal.  He was an integral part of Pascoal’s group from 1977 to 1992, where he fine-tuned his artistry, performing around the world and co-producing several legendary records.  His compositions include samba, choro, baião, xote, forró, marcha and many more styles, rooted in centuries-old musical tradition while pointing to new and adventurous harmonic languages. Since moving to the US from his native Rio de Janeiro in 1993, Jovino Santos Neto has continued to tour the world and to record prolifically while leading his Seattle-based Quinteto and teaching piano and composition at Cornish College of the Arts.
DATE: Jan 28, 7pm. TICKETS: $20/adults and $5/students, online at LOCATION: At the Community Center in Twisp.


The final of three Jazz in the Methow Concerts will host Portland-based guitarist John Stowell and vocalist Cheryl Hodge. The duo has collaborated on many recording projects and in live performances. Both of the artists are master teachers and will be giving classes while in the valley. The concert opens with a set of tunes performed by local musicians Dr. Lynette Westendorf, Chris “Breathe” Frue, Wayne Mendro, and Dr. Howard Johnson.


DATE: March 11, 7pm. LOCATION: At the Community Center in Twisp. TICKETS: $20/adults and $5/students, online at CONTACT: Cascadia Music, 509-997-0222, The Cascadia Jazz in the Methow Series is made possible in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Washington State Arts Commission and the Icicle Fund.