PENINSULA — The 33rd annual Water Music Festival is in the books, and it was well received by attendees and performers alike.
Complete with lovely sunny weather, an enthusiastic audience first enjoyed a “swingin” good time at the Inn at Harbour Village on Friday the 13th when Swing Fever came to town to share their “classic” music from the 30s and 40s. Vocalist Denise Perrier and the band were “superb and just plain fun,” event Chairperson Diane Marshall said. And in keeping with Water Music Society’s mission of having “young artists” perform before each concert, Christopher Lake and Tristan Trudell, both from Ilwaco High School, started the evening off with jazz sax and trumpet, accompanied by jazz pianist Tom Trudell, who is also a teacher at the school.
Then, it was on to Leadbetter Farms for two sold-out performances on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. “Music at the Mission Chamber Players were outstanding,” Marshall said. The string quartet, flute and piano ensemble played a variety of masterworks and, in keeping with the weekend theme — “The Classics” — the highlight of the two concerts was the famed Schubert’s “Trout Quintet.”
Marshall and the entire hard-working Water Music Society Board provided appetizers and beverages for the audiences throughout the weekend.
“We are so very fortunate to have the lovely, elegant ambiance of the Inn at Harbour Village for Friday’s concert, and then the amazing, stunningly gorgeous atmosphere of the Leadbetter Farms lighthouse. The owner of Leadbetter Farms is most generous and supportive in sharing this magical space with us,” Marshall said.
As always, a portion of proceeds from this annual weekend festival, as well as from other WMS events throughout the year, goes to the local school music programs to assist with their educational endeavors.
The final event of the season will be a Christmas concert at the Inn at Harbour Village on Sunday, Dec. 3, featuring Grammy-winning Tingstad and Rumble on flute and guitar. Tickets are available online and at the door for $10. Treats will be served, a perfect way to start off the holiday season.