Sunday, March 23, 2014

2014 FEATURES

A new headline yodeler, a street fair in Enterprise, more accordionists, and staging of all four major performances at Wallowa Lake are among upgrades planned for the 2014 edition of Oregon’s Alpenfest Sept. 25-28.

New to the festival lineup will be Arthur Brogli, a widely acclaimed Alpine yodeler from Lodi, Calif. He is a son of Swiss immigrants and, like the late Lisa Ward, our longtime yodeler, accompanies himself on a button-box accordion.

Arthur Brogli
“After Lisa’s unfortunate passing, we conducted an intensive search and are incredibly fortunate to have come up with Art,” said Chuck Anderson, Alpenfest’s alpenmeister. “High-caliber Swiss yodelers are rare in the U.S and Art is one of them. I’m sure that Lisa’s many admirers will be happy to hear Art.”

Enterprise will host a Main Street procession to the courthouse gazebo for the traditional opening ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 25. Everyone is invited to join in rather than wait on the sidewalk.

Additional Alpine Fairs will be located in Joseph and at Wallowa Lake Friday through Sunday, Sept. 26-28.

After the opening ceremony, Terminal Gravity Brewery in Enterprise will host the ceremonial tapping of the first keg of Alpenfest Ale, followed by “Accordions at Alpenfest.”

The Terminal Gravity accordion concert will launch four days of accordion music. Strolling accordionists will play at Joseph businesses along Main Street and at the Joseph Alpine Fair Friday through Sunday. They also will serenade diners at the Alpine Breakfasts at Wallowa Lake’s Edelweiss Inn Saturday and Sunday.

Returning favorite headline acts in 2014 will be the Polkatones dance band, the Tirolean Dancers of Oregon, Wallowa County alphornist Bruce Coutant and DJ Global Ruckus with German hip-hop and remix dance music at “After Hours at Alpenfest” Friday and Saturday nights.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

OPERA NIGHT A HUGE SUCCESS

Emily Smith of Juneau, Alaska, sings Adele's Laughing Song from  Strauss' Die Fledermaus, one of the crowd's favorites.
Our singers from Eastern Oregon University were incredible. Every selection was sung beautifully.


Their talents made our Opera Night benefit in Enterprise Friday, Feb. 28, a great success.

Everyone in attendance had favorable comments. Some said they wanted more opera music in Wallowa County. If you agree, let us know at alpenmeister@znet.com and we'll see what we can do.

Alpenfest thanks Jamie Jacobson, EOU's voice instructor, and her students for their awesome contribution.

We also thank everyone who attended, those who volunteered, and Lear's Main Street Pub and Grill for donating the food.

Bravo and brava! A bravura performance.