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When the Brown Bag lunch series first started 6 years ago, it almost didn’t make it past its first year. Production costs outpaced revenues, attendance was sporadic, and staff were having trouble finding musicians to play.
Thankfully Anne Schilperoort, a Yakima Valley native and Yakima Valley Community College professor who teaches piano, showed up and asked for the opportunity to turn things around. “Being part of the musical community in the valley, I knew performers who would love to have the opportunity to perform. It’s been my goal to have every single music group around town play at the Seasons at least once,” said Schiperoort, who also plays with the Yakima Symphony, and just finished up a 30 year stint accompanying soloists in Germany.
Today, the Brown Bag Concert series is a self-supporting success, showcasing talent on the first Friday of every month. The series is open to the public and attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch. A local catering company has also gotten in on the action and offers sliders, soups, hot drinks and cookies for purchase before the concert for folks on the go.
The concerts are $5 (18 and under are free) and the musical talent varies from classical, jazz, gospel, and even folk. The next concert is scheduled for February 7th and features a jazz quartet. Also on the docket this year is Central Washington University professor, Curtis Peacock, who holds a Master of Music in tuba performance.
As the name implies, the series is a lunch time event, from 12:00 – 1:00. For more information and to see a schedule, visit the Seasons website.