Spring Fundraiser Review

It was a bright and sunny afternoon on April 24th, 2016.  A light breeze played through 

the pines surrounding the home of Karen Rich and Jeff Van Horne.  Patrons and board 

members of the Lake Chelan Bach Fest mingled on the spacious deck, while board 

member Sherry Fisk poured excellent wine from her personal collection.  After an 

enjoyable social hour, the group gathered in the great room to enjoy the musical talents of 

Bach Fest artist-in-residence, Denise Dillenbeck, and her husband Mark Goodenberger.  

Performing as DuoDG, their program involved violin, marimba, vibraphone and a variety 

of percussion instruments.  They began with a lovely piece by French composer, Eric 

Satie.  “Gymnopedie No. 1” is one of those ubiquitous classical pieces that you might not 

know that you know, and Mark’s arrangement of the piece for violin and marimba was a 

real treat!  But they had much more in store for their eager audience.  “Czardas” by 

Hungarian composer Vittorio Monti was next, followed by several original compositions 

The musicians took a brief intermission, while audience members refreshed their wine 

glasses, and helped themselves to more hors d'oeuvres.  Bach Fest Co-President Kerry 

Travers took a moment to encourage concert goers to help support the festival by 

sponsoring a musician.  She noted that we are so lucky to be able to attract musicians of 

Denise’s caliber to our small community festival.  

When the duo returned from intermission, Denise took a moment to declare that she 

looks forward to her week in Chelan every year, and is thrilled to see how our community 

supports the arts.  

The second half of the program included the delightful arrangement of “Ferdinand the 

Bull” for violin and narrator by Alan Ridout.  Mark had the audience in stitches with his 

use of children’s percussion instruments such as boom whackers in his performance of 

his original piece “Bad Dad”, in which he humorously reflects on his years as a young 

father.  And the afternoon wrapped up with a wonderfully interactive interpretation of 

Stevie Wonder’s “Don’t you worry ‘bout a thing”.  Audience members were given a 

variety of different percussion instruments-including a cowbell!-and encouraged to play 

along with rhythms as Denise and Mark performed.  You can view a clip of our fun on 

our Facebook page!

We thank our musicians, hosts Karen and Jeff, and all those who came out to support our 

festival and be treated to this outstanding musical performance.   We are getting so 

excited for July!

~Krystina Nelson