Published June 2013
By Bill McKay, The Entertainer
The month of June brings the end-of-the-year concerts for the Columbia Basin College performing ensembles, the close of our community lecture series, the beginnings of our summer gallery exhibits and the ticket sales for the CBC Summer Theatre production.
It is never a dull time at the CBC Arts Center and we hope you are able to take some time out of your busy schedules to join us.
On June 4, 6 and 11, the Music Department will be presenting its year-end concerts featuring students and community members. The groups include the Columbia Basin Concert Band, the CBC Jazz Ensemble, the vocal jazz group FreeForm, the CBC Concert Choir and the CBC Orchestra.
The Jazz Nite concert on June 6 will be Randy Hubbs’ last concert as the director of the Jazz Ensemble. Expect anything to happen that evening, as we will celebrate his 25-year directing tenure with some surprises.
At the June 11 concert, the CBC Orchestra will pay tribute to D. Robert Burroughs, our long-time faculty member who was recently lost to a serious illness. The orchestra members decided they wanted to continue rehearsing two works to be played in memory of Professor Burroughs, and for this concert the orchestra will be under the direction of John Owen.
The Mid-Columbia Literary Festival will conclude the series with the popular “About the Book” event. LitFest ends just as it started, with an event meant to spread the love of all literature.
There will be several area book lovers who will talk about must-read books. Bookwalter will sponsor the event at its Richland winery and will have spirits and hors d’oeuvres available for purchase. This event will be outside, weather permitting, on Tuesday, June 4, at 6 p.m. at Bookwalter Winery’s Richland location, 894 Tulip Lane, just off of Columbia Park Trail near Queensgate.
Our last lecture is a presentation by Hank Cramer titled “One Trail, Many Voices: Songs of the Oregon Trail.”
The version of the Oregon Trail journey that most of us learned about as children presented a picture of hardy, American-born pioneers heading west for adventure. The truth was far different.
The vast stream of “emigrants” heading west was a hugely diverse group, and for the most part was fleeing something — easterners fleeing the financial panic of 1837, Irish immigrants fleeing the potato famines, black people escaping slavery and Germans and Italians fleeing civil war.
Along their way, Native Americans seldom attacked — in fact, many emigrant groups would not have made it without their aid. Folksinger and storyteller Hank Cramer will share the traditional folksongs of these cultures and explore how immigration via the Oregon Trail affected the travelers, their songs and the culture of the Pacific Northwest. The lecture will be held on Thursday, June 20, at 7 p.m. at the Richland Public Library, hosted by Friends of the Richland Public Library.
The Esvelt Gallery
We are honored to host a show by Breaunna Gray, one of our own graduates, titled “Pieces of Me — New Ceramics” in the Esvelt Gallery June 24 through Aug. 16. Gray received her AA at Columbia Basin College and went on to Central Washington University, where she completed her bachelor’s in fine arts specializing in ceramics. She is now back in the Tri-Cities, working part-time in the ceramics department at CBC.
In keeping with our new summer exhibit vision, we now dedicate our summer exhibitions to showcasing our grads who have gone on to finish their art degrees.
CBC Summer Theatre
It’s here! The show for the summer season is Legally Blonde, the Musical. The show opens in July, and tickets will be available June 1. Purchase your tickets online at www.columbiabasin.tix.com . Other ticket outlets are Adventures Underground in Richland and the CBC Performing Arts office on the Pasco
Campus, and you can purchase them at the door. The box office will open 60 minutes before curtain time. For more information call (509) 542-5531.
Bill McKay is Dean of Arts and Humanities at Columbia Basin College.
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