Musicians of the Mid-Columbia Symphony, Colima will perform in Pasco, Washington

The Mid-Columbia Symphony teams up with musicians from Calima, Mexico for an evening of music at the Pasco Farmers Market on Saturday, September 24th.

The free concert will begin at 6 p.m. in the recently renovated central market. The farmers market will be open in the morning from 8 a.m. to noon, after which organizers will begin preparations for the performance.

The symphony performance is the first of its kind for the market, said Mike Gonzalez, economic development manager for the city of Pasco.

More than 75 musicians will perform this evening.

“The concert will be an incredible day in Pasco,” he said news release.

The musicians are also planning a full rehearsal on Friday. It will be held from 5 to 7 pm at the Farmer’s Market and will also be free.

The concert is supported by the Colima Pasco Friendship and Cooperation Association (COPA), which has been at the forefront of developing economic relations with the city of Colima.

“We have a huge number of residents who have ties to Calima,” Gonzalez said. “When you consider that over 50% of our population is Latino and nearly 40% have ties to Kalima, this is a great opportunity to develop that relationship to its fullest potential.”

“We are proud of this relationship and want to use this relationship to improve trade relations, educational ties and goodwill,” he said.

Gonzalez said the concert will also show Hispanic students the wonders of symphony orchestra music – something they don’t often get a chance to hear.

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The Mid-Columbia Symphony teams up with musicians from Calima, Mexico for an evening of music at the newly renovated Pasco Farmers Market. Bob Brody

The genesis of the concert begins with Jose Iniguez, a an opera singer by training. The COVID pandemic has put a damper on his plans to perform at Volunteer Park in Pasco.

Now, thanks to the support of the city and COPA board members, as well as a change of venue, his plans are back on track.

“I wanted to bring something to Pasco that hadn’t been there before,” he said in the release. “I’m proud of this community and we thank the city for its support.”

Gonzalez said the concert was also a culminating event for four delegates from Calima, Mexico, who will be visiting Pasco for three days. The group will explore economic development, education and the arts in the Tri-Cities.

Pasco Mayor Blanche Barajas will lead the group as liaison to the city.

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Eric Rosen is a civil liability reporter who joined the Tri-City Herald in February 2022. He previously worked for the Daily Chronicle in Lewis County, covering education, county government and the Legislature. In 2018, he graduated from Central Washington University.

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