Maestro Yaniv Attar's welcome dinner includes work by local artists

Posted by Margaret Bikman on September 13, 2013 

A number of local visual artists are collaborating with the Whatcom Symphony to welcome its newly-appointed Music Director, Yaniv Attar, at a celebration dinner  on Sept. 28 at Bellewood Acres.

The artists, who include Ben Mann, Chris Shreve, Mary Gregg Byrne, Rosie Harris and Julie Leuthold, are transforming donated instruments into amazing works of art.

Blending the worlds of performing and visual arts was very organic, according to artist Ben Mann: "I have always admired musicians for what they bring to the world around us," Mann said. "I frequently think of classical music as one of my 'invisible art supplies' as I work in my Fairhaven paint studio." Mann's viola, as well as eleven other uniquely designed instruments, will be auctioned off with proceeds benefitting the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra.

Local favorites Ciao Thyme will provide a full dinner, with beverages from Kulshan Brewing Company and Lost River Winery available. A limited number of tickets are still available for $100 per person by contacting the Whatcom Symphony at 390-756-6752, or online at

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