The Water Music Festival brings top talent and music to the watery setting of the Long Beach Peninsula each October. This year, the Festival makes a marked departure from chamber music to feature celebrated American composers such as Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and Leonard Bernstein.
Founded in 1984, Water Music Festival is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing fine and affordable musical entertainment to the Long Beach Peninsula. From its inception, beach, marshlands, riverbanks and wetlands have set the tone for the Water Music Festival. Now in its 29th season, Water Music recognizes emerging talent with its Young Artist program and also presents these annual events: Music in the Gardens (July), Jazz & Oysters (August) and Tuba Christmas (December).
With its mix of sensational restaurants, local seafood, ocean-view lodging, colorful festivals, unique museums and
attractions, landmark lighthouses, fine art galleries, meandering trails, birding spots, state and national parks, and, above all, its spacious, white-sand beach, the Long Beach Peninsula continues to be one of the Northwest’s most enjoyable and refreshing coastal destinations. Located approximately two hours from Portland (Oregon) and three from Seattle (Washington), the Long Beach Peninsula is bordered by the Columbia River, Willapa Bay and the Pacific Ocean.
The 2013 Water Music Festival is tuning in to familiar music this year with the theme “Celebrating American Composers”. Featuring compositions by George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and more, Water Music Festival will present three inspired musical events at three unique, enchanting and intimate venues on Friday, Oct. 11 and Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, on Washington State’s scenic Long Beach Peninsula.
“Intrigued by the superb artistry and much-loved repertoire of early to mid-20th century American composers, we decided to expand Water Music beyond chamber music to include classic Broadway show tunes and jazz orchestra arrangements by American greats,” said Diane Marshall, event coordinator. “Water Music Festival continues to bring world-class talent to the Long Beach Peninsula in order to share great music with our community and visitors.”
On Friday, Oct. 11, at 7PM, Ilwaco’s historic Inn at Harbour Village will be the venue for the North Coast Chorale, performing numbers by Duke Ellington and Leonard Bernstein, and the jazz ensemble – the Greta Matassa Quartet – who will pay tribute to Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, as well as the music of beloved American songbook jazz composers. The evening will start with a half-hour social including no-host bar and complimentary fruit and cheese buffet. The venue is ADA accessible. Tickets are $25 each.
On Saturday, Oct. 12, at noon, at the landmark Oysterville Church (on the National Registry of Historic Places), Social Insecurity – a national award-winning barbershop quartet – will offer an all-American, a cappella concert. Tickets are $20 each.
Also on Saturday, at 6PM, the spectacular, private Leadbetter Farms Lighthouse estate will be the setting for Water Music Festival’s finale concert. The evening will start with wine and beer offerings at a no-host bar and a complimentary selection of tasty hors d’oeuvres. Later, the lively and talented TangleTown Trio (piano, violin and voice) will entertain with a selection of Broadway show tunes by the likes of Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin and various other American composers. Tickets are $30 each. Tickets for all events can be purchased online at http://watermusicfestival.com/tickets/.
For more information, call 360.665.4466 or email email@example.com. For event and destination information, please call the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau at 360.642.2400 or access http://www.funbeach.com.
Caption: The TangleTown Trio will perform a selection of Broadway show tunes during the Water Music Festival, Oct. 11 and 12, on the Long Beach Peninsula.