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Yakima Symphony Orchestra to Celebrate Abraham Lincoln This Weekend

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YAKIMA, Wash. - The Yakima Symphony Orchestra will once again take the stage at the Capitol Theatre this Saturday to mark Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday.

They will play three pieces from the Civil War era and have some of Lincoln's more famous speeches performed.  The narrator for those portions of the concert will be "Desperate Housewives" star and Yakima native Kyle MacLachan. 

Brooke Creswell is the orchestra's musical director and will conduct this weekend's concert.  He says Lincoln's legacy is worth celebrating today because his work as president remains relevant.

"The issues that he confronted are still with us," he said.  "Not only is it important to observe that but it's also coincidently very timely because of the recent elections we held."

The second part of the concert will also feature a performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 after intermission.

Creswell has been with the orchestra for decades but announced he will retire at the end of the 2009-10 season.  The search has already begun for his replacement and he believes the group will be in good hands. 

"The final candidates are four brilliant conductors," he said.  "The fact that Yakima has grown an orchestra that an attract that kind of talent is a wonderful credit to the community."

Tickets are still available and the orchestra is offering a 50 percent discount for all seats. To learn more about the group including how you can buy tickets for Saturday's concert, call 853-ARTS (2787) or visit www.yakimasymphony.org.

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