Auction items to support Port Angeles Symphony
PORT ANGELES – Suppose you are snorkeling just offshore, floating on the surface of the sea. The shadow of a shark appears.
“What are you doing? You get out of the water as fast as you can,” said Susan Crum, who knows another type of predator.
Crum came up with this scenario to illustrate how the Aplomado Falcon protects his workplace, the Tangier vineyard in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Smaller birds, determined to eat the pinot noir grapes, see the hawks – and are gone in a flash.
Peruvian Aplomado Falcons, “our Pinot Safety Team”, are part of a package that Crum donated to “Applause!” of the Port Angeles Symphony. Auction, open for auction until Friday on PortAngelessymphony.org.
Virtual auctions continue this week and the final of the event will take place on Friday: a live auction and four musical performances, all broadcast live at 7:30 p.m.
Participation in the event is free through the Port Angeles Symphony website.
Crum, a daughter of Symphony Orchestra board member Ron Stecker, contributed a travel package, titled “Wine, Food and Falcons,” to include time in the field with the birds, food and specially prepared wine, and two nights’ accommodation at the vineyard.
Watching hawks fly over vines – and interacting with them – is a rare experience, Crum said.
Another offbeat offer in the auction: a pair of mittens meme Bernie Sanders. The brown, black and white mittens, inspired by the Vermont senator’s outfit on inauguration day in January, are hand-knitted and donated by Harriet Angulo, a supporter of the symphony.
In an effort to promote the business community, members of the Port Angeles Symphony board of directors have purchased – and donated to the auction – a number of gift certificates for local restaurants and stores.
At the same time, many local business owners have directly donated services and products. So the auction mix includes giveaways from Country Aire Natural Foods, Olympic Day Spa, Camaraderie Cellars and Port Book and News in Port Angeles, Mad Maggi’s in Sequim, and Kalaloch Lodge on the western end of the Olympic Peninsula.
A scenic flight from Rite Bros. Aviation over the Olympic Peninsula is also up for grabs, and Port Angeles Symphony conductor and music director Jonathan Pasternack offers virtual music lessons on a subject of the buyer’s choice.
“The variety this year is really something,” Pasternack said. “We have homemade pies from local bakers and we have trips to exotic places such as Bali and Cortona, Italy. These trips can be made for up to three years from the date of auction.
“I’m so thrilled, too, with the musical performances. Adam Weller, winner of the Nico Snel Young Artist competition, will perform a movement from a partita by Bach. He looks really good on it, ”he added.
Also at the event on Friday, Julian Schwarz, a cellist who has performed several times with the Port Angeles Symphony, will perform Elgar’s “Salut d’Amour” with his wife, pianist Marika Bournaki. The couple will send the virtual performance from their home in Virginia.
The Port Angeles Symphony String Quartet – with a new member – will also appear. Violinist Morgan Bartholick-LeMaire, a Port Angeles High School graduate and Louisiana State University music graduate, will join quartet members Jory Noble, Tyrone Beatty and Traci Winters.
Tyson will play Ravel’s string quartet and the tango piece by American composer Michael T. McLean.
To participate in the applause! Auctions Throughout this week, viewers can register on the Portangelessymphony.org auction page and use their computers, tablets and smartphones to place bids. For technical support, call the Symphony Orchestra office at 360-457-5579.
On Friday evening, professional auctioneer Dennis Caldirola will chair the hour-long final, broadcast live from Edna’s Place, formerly Fanaticus, in Port Angeles.
Applause ! The auction has long been the symphony orchestra’s biggest fundraiser, Pasternack said, but this year is even more key to the future of the nonprofit orchestra. With live concerts not being possible in the past 12 months, the symphony features streaming recitals, including one by Schwarz and Bournaki later this month and pianist Alexander Tutunov in April.
Next season – the 89th of the symphony – depends on the support the orchestra receives at the start and middle of this year.
Pasternack and the rest of the musicians, who come from all over and beyond the Northern Olympic Peninsula, look forward to the day when they can come together again.
“Until then, events like the auction are a fun way to connect with our community of supporters,” Pasternack said, “and hear intimate performances given by renowned local and international musicians. . ”
Jefferson County Senior Reporter Diane Urbani de la Paz can be reached at 360-417-3509 or [email protected]