Skip to body


CWU Orchestra Welcomes the Yakima Symphony Orchestra for Music of Fantasia

ELLENSBURG, Wash. — The Central Washington University Orchestra and Yakima Symphony Orchestra (YSO) will present The Rite of Spring, considered to be among most important and influential compositions of the 20th century, on Friday, November 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Ellensburg at the Jerilyn McIntyre Music Building Concert Hall.

“The opportunity to work with the professional musicians of the Yakima Symphony is an invaluable experience for our music students,” said Nikolas Caoile, CWU orchestral activities director. “Moreover, they get to perform a piece that turns exactly 100 years old this year.”

Along with the Igor Stravinsky masterpiece, the concert will feature YSO performances of two other works from the “Music of Fantasia”: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral,” and Paul Dukas’s “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” which will feature CWU student Michael Pittman on bassoon.

“It’s a real pleasure to work with Dr. Caoile and the CWU Orchestra on this concert,” said David Rogers, YSO executive director. “The CWU Department of Music is particularly strong, and this project gives YSO a chance to show that there is actually a lot of extraordinary music-making happening in central Washington at both the professional and student levels.”

Tickets for the performance are $10 for general admission and $5 for CWU students and seniors. They are available at For more information, contact the CWU Department of Music at 509-963-1216 or via e-mail at

Media contact: Nikolas Caoile, CWU Music Department, 509-963-1251,

Take the Next Step to Becoming a Wildcat.