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THERE’S STILL TIME!  Tomorrow night at So. Whidbey High School!  Monday – Jan 30 @ 7pm

I’ve sat down to type this with a racing heart, ears tuned to the recording I captured today, and excitement to get this written and posted fast, in the hope you’ll CHANGE YOUR PLANS, and be at South Whidbey High School tomorrow night at 6:45!

Where artistic director and conductor Legh W. Burns and the musicians of the Saratoga Chamber Orchestra,

have something very special for you!

From Russia With Love

What could be more perfect, in the dead of winter, than to be transported to Russia with the exultingly moody, brightly traversed, and powerfully portrayed music of Russian masters like Tchaikovsky, Prokoviev, Rachmaninov and Rimsky-Korskov?  Not much, by the response of the packed house at today’s concert of From Russia With Love.

Joined by accomplished violinist Lara Lewison, a 13 year old pianist, violinist and singer, this concert is, all at once, an amazement, and a tour de force of excitement!

On the stage you’ll see friends, neighbors and that familiar island face, performing some of the most fantastic music Whidbey can offer, leaving you inspired with what is possible during our winter months.

This concert left me invigorated on a slightly chilly drizzly winter day.

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Tomorrow – Monday – January 30th – at 7pm – at South Whidbey High School 

you’ll have the chance to brighten your horizons, in the dead of winter, all the way from Russia – with love. 

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Photo: Kim Tinuviel

~ CHEERS AROUND THE EARS – OF CONDUCTOR LEGH W. BURNS ~

~ the SARATOGA CHAMBER ORCHESTRA and LARA LEWISON ~

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Tchaikovsky – Cossack Dance from “Mazeppa”

Prokoviev – Violin Concerto #2, Op. 63
Lara Lewison, violin

Intermission

Rachmaninov – Vocalise Op 34, No. 14 

Rimsky-Korsakov – Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34

CONDUCTOR: Legh W. Burns has been the music director and conductor of THE SARATOGA CHAMBER ORCHESTRA since its inception. He is Professor Emeritus of the University of Oklahoma School of Music and former first trumpet with the United States Air Force Band in Washington D.C. where he founded and conducted the Washington Chamber Ensemble. Additionally, Mr. Burns has taught at Springfield (IL) Junior College and the University of Denver, where he founded the National Trumpet Symposium and was founder and conductor of the Festival Chamber Orchestra of Denver.

Mr Burns is a graduate of The University of Miami (FL) earning a Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance. He lists Pierre Monteux, Herbert Blomstedt, Richard Lert and Renee Longy as conductors and musicians with whom he has studied.

He is also very interested in the development of young musicians, having founded and conducted the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra and the Oklahoma Youth Symphonies and founding The Guy Fraser Harrison Academy for the Performing Arts. Youth orchestras under his direction have successfully undertaken performance tours in thirteen foreign countries, including a concert tour of The People’s Republic of China in 1981. For this, he was awarded the Music in Education Award by the Governor of Oklahoma.

THE ENSEMBLE is comprised of musicians from all corners of Whidbey Island and individual members of the SCO have held or currently hold positions in the Seattle Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Boulder (CO) Philharmonic, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Everett Symphony, Seattle Philharmonic as well as other regional and community orchestras and musical ensembles.  The unique multi-generational membership of the SCO, allows talented youth of the community to perform alongside adult members in a professional-educational setting.

MONDAY JANUARY 30, 2012
7 pm
SOUTH WHIDBEY High School

PERFORMANCE WILL BE RECORDED BY WHIDBEY AIR KWPA 

Whidbey’s only community radio station – for airing in the following weeks. 


ON a special MAIL-IN only ballot set for May 17th – Whidbey General Hospital will be asking property owners of Whidbey Island to OK a 50million dollar bond to increase and improve the hospital’s health care services to the community.
The next scheduled public forums for this bond are as follows.
  • Thursday, March 24 – OPEN COMMUNITY MEETING, 6:00 pm, Coupeville Library
  • Monday, March 28 – OPEN COMMUNITY MEETING, 1:30 pm, Oak Harbor Senior Center

 

WHIDBEY GENERAL HOSPITAL SEEKS FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM PROPERTY OWNERS

KWPA had Whidbey General Hospital CEO, Tom Tomasino and CFO, Joe Vessey in the studio on March 7th for an interview about the up coming – MAIL IN ONLY – special ballot for the 50 million dollar bond the hospital is seeking from the property owners of Whidbey.

The interview will re-air on KWPA on Thursday – March 11th at 4pm – from 96.9fm around Penn Cove and streamed from the KWPA “listen” page.

IN and effort to help the citizen’s of Whidbey get as much information as possible about this bond, KWPA will be airing this interview with Tom Tomasino and Joe Vessey repeatedly over the weeks leading up to the May 17th vote.  Gwen will inform you of the days and times – on Monday – March 14th.

Below – you can find times and locations of upcoming public forums pertaining to educating the public about the hospital’s need, and newspaper articles related to the bond.

KWPA would like to thank Whidbey General Hospital, Tom Tomasino, Joe Vessey and Trish Rose for making this interview possible.

GWEN – would like to thank Harry Anderson for taking the chair as host for this interview.

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WHIDBEY HOSPITAL SPECIAL ELECTION BOND PUBLIC FORUMS

  • Tuesday, March 22 – OPEN COMMUNITY MEETING, 12:30 pm, Bayview Senior Center
  • Thursday, March 24 – OPEN COMMUNITY MEETING, 6:00 pm, Coupeville Library
  • Monday, March 28 – OPEN COMMUNITY MEETING, 1:30 pm, Oak Harbor Senior Center

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Feb 16, 2011 – Whidbey Examiner – Hospital Approves 50 Million Bond – By Sue Ellen White

http://whidbeyexaminer.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=5371

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Feb. 2, 2011 – Whidbey News Times – Lower values increase Whidbey General Hospital bond rate – By NATHAN WHALEN

http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/whidbey/wnt/news/115044444.html

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Jan. 26, 2011 – Whidbey Examiner – Bond Needed for Whidbey General ExpansionBy Toni Grove

http://www.whidbeyexaminer.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=5237

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Dec. 18, 2010 Whidbey News Times Editorial: Sell hospital bond with enthusiasm

http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/whidbey/wnt/opinion/112084729.html

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DEC 15, 2010 – Whidbey News Times – Whidbey General Hospital gets closer to its $50-million bond proposalBy JUSTIN BURNETT

http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/whidbey/wnt/news/111937594.html

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May 12, 2010 – Whidbey Examiner – Hospital Board Considers 50 Million Bond MeasureBy Justin Burnett

http://www.whidbeyexaminer.com/main.asp SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=3896

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May 11, 2101 – Commissioners consider Whidbey General Hospital bond – Whidbey News TimesBy JENNY MANNING

http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/whidbey/wnt/news/93455149.html

 

Whidbey General Hospital CEO Tom Tomasino and his CFO Joe Vessey joined Harry Anderson and Gwen in the KWPA studio for an interview about the upcoming 50 Bond Whidbey General is seeking from voters.

The special ballot (MAIL IN ONLY) will take place on May 17, and looks to be very important to the future of health care on Whidbey Island, so says CEO Tomasino and those who are in favor of the bond.  The bond will add pennies to your property tax – but none the less some voters are asking a lot of questions.

Harry Anderson took the roll of host for this interview, which aired lived today at 11am.  The interview will rebroadcast on 96.9 FM around Penn Cove or streamed over your computer from the KWPA website – on Thursday – March 10 at 9am and Friday March 11 at 4pm.  After that the interview will appear on the KWPA schedule weekly and be available as a podcast on the KWPA site.  KWPA hopes this interview will help the property owners of Whidbey Island be sufficiently informed prior to the special election on May 17th

Several community meetings have been planned in the coming weeks to help inform citizens of the bond.  WGH’s strategic plan calls for replacing the hospital’s 40 year old inpatient wing. YOU can hear hospital CEO, Mr. Tom Tomasino, talk about the hospital district’s near and long term goals to continue to provide quality healthcare on Whidbey Island

  • Tuesday, March 22 – OPEN COMMUNITY MEETING, 12:30 pm, Bayview Senior Center
  • Thursday, March 24 – OPEN COMMUNITY MEETING, 6:00 pm, Coupeville Library
  • Monday, March 28 – OPEN COMMUNITY MEETING, 1:30 pm, Oak Harbor Senior Center

In an effort to provide KWPA listeners with as much information as possible about this bond we have loaded up links to several of the newspaper articles that have been published explaining the bond to property owners.

Feb 16, 2011 – Whidbey Examiner – Hospital Approves 50 Million Bond – By Sue Ellen White

http://whidbeyexaminer.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=5371

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Feb. 2, 2011 – Whidbey News Times – Lower values increase Whidbey General Hospital bond rate – By NATHAN WHALEN

http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/whidbey/wnt/news/115044444.html

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Jan. 26, 2011 – Whidbey Examiner – Bond Needed for Whidbey General ExpansionBy Toni Grove

http://www.whidbeyexaminer.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=5237

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Dec. 18, 2010 Whidbey News Times Editorial: Sell hospital bond with enthusiasm

http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/whidbey/wnt/opinion/112084729.html

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DEC 15, 2010 – Whidbey News Times – Whidbey General Hospital gets closer to its $50-million bond proposalBy JUSTIN BURNETT

http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/whidbey/wnt/news/111937594.html

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May 12, 2010 – Whidbey Examiner – Hospital Board Considers 50 Million Bond MeasureBy Justin Burnett

http://www.whidbeyexaminer.com/main.asp SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=3896

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May 11, 2101 – Commissioners consider Whidbey General Hospital bond – Whidbey News TimesBy JENNY MANNING

http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/whidbey/wnt/news/93455149.html

 

August 29, 2010

CHEERS AROUND YOUR EARS

for KWPA’s Old Time Radio Players, producers, director, cast and crew!

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KWPA’s Old Time Radio Show – Live on Stage – encore performance at South Whidbey High School, last night, was ANOTHER smashing success!   Kudos go out to Executive Producers William Bell and Harry Anderson, Producer/Director Elizabeth Herbert, and the entire cast and crew – for a wonderful night of high quality entertainment on Whidbey Island!

Musical accompaniment for the evening performed by South Whidbey’s premier dance band, Locomotion

Foley Artist Group (Sound affect makers) for all acts of the KWPA Old Time Radio Live on Stage – Joe Fackler, Kyle Lancaster, and Chole Karl

Keyboard and Saxophone accompaniment performed by George Konopik

Applause and Laughter Sign performed by Casey Patterson

KWPA’s volunteer Ushers, Judy Lynn, Ron Wilkenson and Gwen Sam handed out programs and guided guests into the auditorium.

KWPA volunteer board members, Che Gilliland, Sarah Richards, Judy Feldman, Charles Arndt, Harry Anderson and Marty Behr maned the ticket table, and greeted and informed guests about KWPA memberships and sponsor packages.

kwparadio.org

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ACT ONE

Carolyn and Rich Tamler as Fibber McGee and Molly

The night began with The Johnson Wax Program, Fibber McGee and Molly.  Originally broadcast in March of 1940, the episode, Cleaning the Hall Closet, had the South Whidbey audience in stitches!    Actors and foley artists (sound makers) transported the audience to Fibber and Molly’s home, and the hall closet that threatened to crush them when they opened the door.  Hilariously, lead actors Rich and Carolyn Tamler performed the piece with great timing and convincing portrayals of the original actors, James “Jim” Jordan and Marian Driscoll, the husband and wife team who starred in the original show.  One of the longest-running comedy shows in radio history, beginning in 1935 and running to 1959, Fibber McGee and Molly, still entertains – with KWPA at the helm.  While Molly could often be heard telling Fibber “T’ain’t funny, McGee!”, KWPA’s South Whidbey audience couldn’t disagree more!

KWPA Cast -Fibber McGee & Molly

Fibber………………. Rich Tamler

Molly……………….. Carolyn Tamler

Announcer……………….. Jim Dunn

Man………………. Michael Monson

Little Girl (Teeny)…… Julia Beumer

Gildersleeve…………….. Jim Otruba

Produced/Directed by Elizabeth Herbert

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ACT TWO

Fibber McGee and Molly was followed by The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.  Originally broadcast in April of 1947 the episode called, The Adventure of the Tolling Bell is the story of a quiet holiday in the countryside, cut short when Holmes agrees to search for a runaway boy. At the same time, he must uncover the secret of the town’s haunting church bells… which never stop ringing.  Ed Walker as Holmes and David Eccles as Watson, along with the rest of the cast and the foley artists (sound makers) had the KWPA audience riveted with anticipation, awaiting the conclusion of the mystery.

KWPA Cast of Sherlock Holmes

Holmes………………………..  Ed Walker

Watson…………………….. David Eccles

Mr. Bell………………. Michael Monson

Mrs. Michol……………. Sandra Pollard

Mary…………………. Joyce Napoletano

Gillian……………………….. Jim Otruba

Mrs. Lakland…………… Donna Meyers

Tom………………………. Dell Lawrence

Produced/Directed by Elizabeth Herbert

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During a 20 min. intermission audience members could be heard chatting up the first half of the show, with compliments about the actors, sound makers and musical accompaniment, and recollections of favorite moments.  KWPA had delicious cookies, generously donated by Tree Top Bakers of Clinton, and bottled water for the audience to enjoy during the intermission.  The concession stand was operated by KWPA volunteers, Michael Ferry, Jim Sherman and Terry Bible

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As LocoMotion played old swing time and sentimental favorites of the era, audience members were ushered back into the auditorium for the second half of the KWPA Old Time Radio Show Live on Stage, excited to hear what was to come next.

ACT THREE

Joyce Napoletano and Dell Lawrence in The Whistler

Beyond Reasonable Doubt, a 1947 episode of The Whistler, opened up the second half of the KWPA show to a rapt audience.   An american radio program running for a total of 13 years from May 16, 1942 until September 22, 1955, The Whistler, was one of the most popular mystery drama’s of its’ time.  Likewise it was one of the most popular pieces performed by the all volunteer cast for the KWPA Old Time Radio Show.

Opening with the Whistler saying – “I am the Whistler, and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales, many secrets hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak,” KWPA actor Terry Rose played the part to the hilt.

KWPA Cast of The Whistler

The Whistler………… Terry Rose

Announcer…….Michael Monson

Gina Crane……Joyce Napoletano

Floyd Durant……. Dell Lawrence

Isabel…………….. Donna Meyers

Clinton………….Erik Christensen

Barbara Arnold..Joanna Roomes

Dist. Attorney… Dick Snowberger

Clarke…………………. Jim Otruba

Jackson…………. Harry Anderson

Judge………………. Walter Meyers

Court Clerk…………. Kathleen Fox

Mrs. Adamson……. Carole Shipley

Store Clerk/Juror..Mary Rose Anderson

Elevator Operator…. Andy Walker

Director/Producer Elizabeth Herbert

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ACT FOUR

Eve Arden as Connie Brooks

KWPA closed the evening with a production of the wonderful old radio show Our Miss Brooks.  Originally broadcast in 1953, this episode, A Plaque for Mr. Conklin left the KWPA audience enjoying Miss Brooks and her endearing, if not sardonic personality.  Originated by Eve Arden, Our Miss Brooks ran on radio from 1948 to 1957 and then launched into the new media of TV from 1952 to 1956.  Nicole Bouvion proved the perfect casting for the lovely and exacting Miss Brooks.  Accompanied by a stellar cast, Ms. Bouvion pulled off the episode just as well as Eve Arden ever could, and the KWPA audience could relate to the clever, sarcastic, kindhearted teacher.

Cast of Our Miss Brooks

Announcer……….. Jim Dunn

Connie Brooks…… Nicole Bouvion

Mrs. Davis……….. Kathleen Fox

Walter Denton…… Andy Walker

Osgood Conklin…. Walter Meyers

Mr. Boynton……… Jim Otruba

Harriet Conklin…. Reilly Richards

Mr. Stone…………. Michael Monson

Mr. Turner………… Joe Fackler

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CHEERS AROUND YOUR EARS

KWPA – for a great night showing Whidbey Island great radio !

KWPA is Whidbey Island’s member supported community public radio station.   The station operates with an all volunteer board of directors, volunteer hosts, technical support and actors.  Support your local radio station by going to kwparadio.org.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

THE KWPA OLD TIME RADIO LIVE ON STAGE

at Fort Casey, Whidbey Island, Washington

was a

RESOUNDING SUCCESS!

Carolyn and Rich Tamler of Greenbank rehearse as legendary Fibber McGee and Molly as part of “Old Time Radio — Live on Stage” - Courtesy photo

Thanks to all who attended in support of Whidbey Island’s public community radio station KWPA!

The house was full for both the 3pm and the 7pm performances at Fort Casey.  Audience members came out for intermission with big smiles on their faces, and returned eager for more from the second act at afternoon and evening shows!

THANKS to the two ladies who drove all the way from Shoreline to see the show!

Comments from the audience were 100% positive!  The volunteers who took tickets, gave out programs and directed people to their seats heard nothing but compliments about the show, as guests departed after both acts of each performance.  The music was wonderful, the actors, foley artists (sound makers for radio), costumes, hats and hair styles were all spot on!

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~~ CHEERS AROUND YOUR EARS ~~

and

CONGRATULATIONS

to

THE KWPA BOARD of DIRECTORS, MEMBERS and VOLUNTEERS,

HARRY ANDERSON and WILLIAM BELL – EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS,

DIRECTOR – ELIZABETH HERBERT

 THE CAST and CREW

and

SOUND and RECORDING TECHNICIANS  –  BRIAN OLSEN, TOM LAURENSON and BARRY RIX,

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KWPA’S “OLD TIME RADIO LIVE ON STAGE EVENT”! – IF YOU MISSED IT – SEE YOU AT THE NEXT ONE!  SURE TO BE ANOTHER SMASHING KWPA RADIO SUCCESS!

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Many THANKS to the show ~ SPONSORS

ALLSTATE INSURANCE OF OAK HARBOR AND MATT IVERSON, FRONT STREET REALITY AND JANET BURCHFIELD, THE HONEY BEAR AND KARLA MACKINTOSH,WHIDBEY ISLAND BANK

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Special Thanks to those who supported this event through signage needs, ticket sale venues, food for the cast and crew, and general effort to the benefit to the show and KWPA; Tree-Top Bakers in Clinton, Local Grown in Coupeville, Symbols and Signs in Langley, The Bay Leaf in Coupeville and Oak Harbor, Moonraker Books in Langley, Book Bay in Freeland, Susan Vanderbeek and Joe Frackler.

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Thanks to the Lions Club of Coupeville for providing parking and logistical support to our guests upon arrival and departure.

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Recordings of KWPA’s OLD TIME RADIO LIVE ON STAGE will air on KWPA in the near future.

Best wishes to KWPA!  Here’s to a happy and live future – informing and entertaining Whidbey Island and world beyond!

Listen to KWPA from your FM dial at 96.9 in Central Whidbey or stream from your computer – anywhere on the island and in the world from the KWPA website.

 

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