Art Beat: Megan Vinther new director of Edmonds College Concert Band, and ECA announces new season

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Edmonds College Concert Band appoints new director

The Edmonds College Concert Band has welcomed a new director, Megan Vinther. Vinther has extensive experience in the band, most recently in her role with the Everett School District, where she teaches band, orchestra and guitar at Everett High School.

Vinther is an accomplished musician, specializing in French horn, piano and even accordion, something you can find in Irish band The Stumbling Fiddler. She is thrilled to be part of the Edmonds College team, where she has the opportunity to build a music community near her home. Vinther is eager to bring people together through music, to create new opportunities for individuals to pick up an instrument, and to be part of a fun community activity. The new and improved community music program has updated COVID protocols and safety guidelines so rehearsals can once again take place in person.

The Edmonds College Band is open to the general community; it’s not just for students. It is a wonderful opportunity for adults to continue playing musical instruments in groups. The group plays a variety of classical and contemporary concert orchestral music and is open to all instruments and ages (16 and over) and has a low quarterly cost to participate.

If it’s been a while since you’ve played an instrument, that’s okay. A first experience is expected but this group does not require you to be a professional musician. Grab your flute, oboe, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, French horn, baritone, tuba or percussion and sign up! Registration information can be found here.

Edmonds Center for Arts announces 2021/22 season

The CATAPULT Saturday Matinee event, scheduled for October 23. (image courtesy of the ECA website)

Tickets are on sale now for the 2021/22 season at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. Many exciting artists are coming to Edmonds this season, including Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Pink Martini with China Forbes AJ Croce, Paula Poundstone, The Mavericks, Asleep at The Wheel, and more. The season is starting now and tickets are available.

New this season, ECA presents the Music on Film series: a collection of critically acclaimed documentary films that celebrate music and the power of the artist. Each event is hosted by a local film critic or cinephile, who introduces the film and leads a question-and-answer session after the screening.

There will also be three Saturday mornings this season for audiences of all ages. This includes performances by internationally renowned CATAPULT, whose magical production features dancers working behind a screen to create shadowy silhouettes of shapes from the world around us; Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience’s Creole for Kidz program; and the rope sultans. Saturday morning performances cost $ 10 with options for $ 2 tickets for low-income school groups, families and seniors through the Arts for Everyone program.

To learn more about the new season, click here.

– By Rachel Gardner

Rachel Gardner genuinely appreciates art in all its forms and believes that everyone is an artist, some just don’t know it yet. A dedicated and involved Edmonds resident, she can often be spotted on stage making jokes between sets or in the audience enjoying live local performances. She enjoys having fun with her art and finding unique means of expression, like forming a boho-grunge-folk ukulele trio with local Edmonds mothers.

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