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YOUNG PEOPLE'S CONCERT
12:30pm, Friday, October 2nd - Vert Auditorium
Coordinated with the Pendleton School District, this concert is programmed to introduce 4th and 5th graders to classical music, instruments in the orchestra, and concert etiquette. Pieces to be performed range from excerpts from our opening concert to the theme from the “Harry Potter” films. The concert will also feature the winners of our 2015 Young Artist Competition, Zoe Hern and Marquelle Barfus, performing their winning pieces.
OPENING CONCERT: "SCOTTISH FANTASY"
7:30pm, Saturday, October 3rd - Vert Auditorium
The official kickoff to our 30th season will feature Max Bruch’s “Scottish Fantasy” with Dr. Julia Salerno, Professor of Violin and Viola at Eastern Washington University, as guest solo violinist.The Symphony will also perform Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, a piece concerned with fate.
7:30pm, Friday, October 30th - Vert Auditorium
A reprisal of last year’s sold out performance of a live orchestral soundtrack composed by Beau Benson set to the classic silent horror film Nosferatu. Last year’s performance, held at the Pendleton Elk’s Lodge, was sold out and we’ve moved this season’s performance to the Vert Auditorium to better accommodate what is sure to be a larger crowd for this Halloween treat.
HOLIDAY MUSIC FESTIVAL
3:15pm, Sunday, December 13th - Vert Auditorium *open seating
The Oregon East Symphony’s popular holiday program returns with an assortment of community vocal groups performing. The Oregon East Symphony Chorale will be performing Ralph Vaughn Williams’ Fantasia On A Christmas Carol”. The Pendleton Men’s Chorus and the Sherwood-McKay Children’s Chorus also appear.
WINTER CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
6:30pm, Saturday, January 30th - Vert Clubroom *open seating
A series of chamber ensembles including many Oregon East Symphony players will perform in the elegant Vert Clubroom. This event includes a beer and wine tasting with hors d’oeuvres to make for a casual concert experience that will keep you warm through the middle of winter.
OREGON MANDOLIN ORCHESTRA
7:30pm, Saturday, February 27th - Vert Auditorium
The time period spanning the late 19th and early 20th centuries was known as the “Golden Age” of mandolins due the widespread popularity of the mandolin orchestra. The Portland based Oregon Mandolin Orchestra seeks to revive this tradition. This ensemble doesn’t just feature the standard mandolin we’ve all come to recognize but other members of the mandolin family including the mandola, mandocello, and mandobass.
CZECHING IN / CZECHING OUT
7:30pm, Saturday, March 12th - Vert Auditorium
Herald the arrival of spring with Oregon East Symphony as we perform Mozart’s Symphony No. 38 (also known as the “Prague Symphony”) and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. Both pieces were composed in what is now Czechoslovakia hence the title of the program. The light and airy natures of both pieces lend themselves perfectly to the change of the seasons.
SEASON FINALE: "CATHEDRAL OF SOUND"
7:30pm, Saturday, April 23rd - Vert Auditorium
Dedicated to his hero Richard Wagner, Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 3 is generally regarded as his artistic breakthrough. The Symphony will perform this harmonically dense piece described as a “Cathedral of Sound”. This final concert of the season will also feature a collaboration between the Symphony and the A Sharp Players preparatory orchestra on Daniel James Chan’s “Overture for a Superhero”. A Sharps conductor Bruce Walker will also be the featured soloist for a cello concerto by Luigi Boccherini.