WEEKEND: Port Angeles Symphony on center stage in two days of events

By Diane Urbani de la Paz
Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — A woman who sings jazz and classical and an ensemble of well-known players will seek to make some heavenly music this Sunday afternoon.

“When the Angels Come,” a concert featuring soprano Robbin Eaves with the Angels Chamber Ensemble, is a free event at 2 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 E. Lopez Ave., though donations will be accepted for the beneficiary: Port Angeles Chamber Orchestra's music library.

Eaves, together with her fellow performers, is eager to generate support for this cause, since the sheet music for a single concert can run about $500, according to Mark Wendeborn, executive director of the Port Angeles Symphony. The conductor's score alone can cost $200, he added.

With the Angels ensemble backing her, Eaves will sing Bach's cantata 82, “Ich habe genug” (“I am content”) Sunday — the day after another major event.

The Applause! Auction and Dinner, the Symphony's biggest fundraiser of the year, will open at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Elks Naval Lodge, 131 E. First St., and seats are still available at $75 per person, Wendeborn said. For information phone the Symphony office at 360-457-5579.

Besides volunteering at the auction Saturday night, Eaves is assembling Sunday's musicians: Angels Chamber Ensemble violinists Leah Marsh and Deborah Morgan-Ellis; violist Phil Morgan-Ellis; cellist Marlene Moore and harpsichordist Penny Hall, who's also known for her accompaniment of the Peninsula Men's Gospel Singers.

A Baroque trio, of Dennis Crabb and Kirsten Ruhl on recorders and Bob Dunlap on piano, will also appear, to play William Williams' Sonata in a minor.

A reception will follow the short concert, which Eaves says can be a way to introduce young people to the classics. In addition to singing with the Peninsula College Vocal Jazz Ensemble and with the college's jazz band led by David Jones, Eaves does volunteer work year-round for the Port Angeles Symphony. Her special interest is in attracting families and youngsters to its concerts and other activities.

Eaves hopes to “ensure that the Symphony continues to do its good musical works in community,” even as fundraisers like the two this weekend help “pass that experience on to the next generation.”

Last modified: February 20. 2014 8:17PM
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