Saturday, May 20, 2023: Premiere of “Dry Falls” by Martin Kennedy

Mark your Calendars for a very special event in Soap Lake, Washington! On Saturday, May 20 at 4:00 pm, we will play a brand new work written for us by renowned composer Martin Kennedy. Co-commissioned with the Friends of the Lower Grand Coulee, this wonderful new piece evokes the magnificent landscape carved out by the Missoula Floods some 15,000 years ago.

We recently discussed the piece and the commisioning process with Scott Cowan on the Explore Washington podcast.

It will be paired with the premiere of the last movement of Michael Young’s “Prelude Music” and our new favorite piece from the archives, an early nineteenth-century suite by Portuguese composer A. de Abreu.

The event will take place at the Lakeside Bistro, Soap Lake Natural Spa and Resort. The event is free to the public. Tickets may be reserved online at

In 2020, we were awarded a grant through the Friends of the Grand Coulee to engage composer Martin Kennedy to write a suite for two guitars. Neil and Tamara set out on their tandem bicycle along with Martin (also an avid cyclist) to experience the Grand Coulee area. Inspired by the magnificent terrain, Martin wrote Dry Falls a six movement suite that portrays the magnificence of the Lower Grand Coulee landscape.

Andy Kovach, President of Friends of the Lower Grand Coulee, said this event is exactly how we want to promote creativity and build connections in the small, rural communities of Soap Lake and the Lower Grand Coulee

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