One thing for sure is that the Cascade School of Music’s annual fundraiser, The Gift of Music April 30, will consists of some very fine music. While guests are enjoying a specially prepared and plated four-course dinner, the Groove Merchants will be playing swinging jazz.
The Groove Merchants (John Allen, bass, David Fahrner, piano and vibes, Aaron Rohrbacher sax) are all closely involved with the school. Allen teaches bass, Rohrbacher woodwinds and Fahrner accompanies the jazz vocals program. The trio will be performing jazz standards from 1940s and ‘50s.
After dinner, it’s the kids’ turn. The school will present five aspiring young musicians: Finn Jacobs, guitar, Alia Torres, violin, Kim Santaguida and Elizabeth White, piano, Hannah Tranby, cello and the remarkable Enysses Gaskins, voice. Both Jacobs and antaguida are winners of the school’s Fortissimo award; White won a Rotary scholarship and Gaskins has performed across the region.
2014 was the first year for The Gift of Music and the attendees enjoyed the live music, unique auction packages and a four course dinner but more than anything they enjoyed the inspirational student performances – that really brings home what they’re doing at the school.
The Gift of Music
April 30 at 5:30 at Awbrey Glen
Funds raised will benefit the school and its scholarship programs for low income youth wishing to pursue music.