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OES will be presenting all 2021-2022 season concerts in accordance with all required federal, state and local COVID-19 guidelines, including requiring masks/face coverings. Please contact the OES office if you have any questions about COVID-19 rules at our concerts.

Blow It Up, Start Again!

2:30pm, Sunday, November 7th, 2021 | Vert Auditorium (480 SW Dorion Ave, Pendleton, OR)

Jonathan Newman - Blow It Up, Start AgainRichard Strauss - Suite from Der RosenkavalierCarl Maria von Weber - Overture and March from TurandotPaul Hindemith - Symphonic Metamorphosis
The season will open on 2:30pm, Sunday, November 7th, 2021, with Blow It Up, Start Again! featuring OES artistic director Dr. Beau Benson conducting. The titular work for this performance by American composer Jonathan Newman is the first known instance of fusing dup-step and funk elements into a symphonic piece of music. Also featured in this program are Paul Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber, Carl Maria von Weber’s Overture and March from Turandot, and Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier Suite.

Holiday Music Festival

2:30pm, Sunday, December 12th, 2021 | Vert Auditorium (480 SW Dorion Ave, Pendleton, OR)

Pyotr Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker Suite (arr. Fabrizio Ferrari)
The Oregon East Symphony proudly presents the return of the Holiday Music Festival, an interdenominational celebration of the holidays through music featuring a variety of community music ensembles. This year's featured performers include the Symphony performing an orchestral arrangement of the Nutcracker Suite, Our Songs Are Alive from the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Kupenga Marimba, bluegrass group The Fabulous Raggettes, and Christmas carol singalongs led by Adam Lange. The Pendleton Brass Quartet will also provide pre-concert entrance music.
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Winter Moons

7:30pm, Saturday, March 12th, 2022 | Vert Auditorium (480 SW Dorion Ave, Pendleton, OR)

Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate - Winter MoonsAaron Copland - Appalachian Spring

After a winter break, Dr. Benson will return to conduct Winter Moons at 7:30pm, Saturday, March 12th, 2022. This program will feature the performance of two American ballet suites: Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring and Chickasaw Nation member Jerod Tate’s Winter Moons. Winter Moons is a ballet based upon American Indian legends from the Northern Plains and Rocky Mountains. The title of the ballet is derived from the idea that American Indian stories are best told during the full moons of the wintertime. The Winter Moon concert was to be performed by the Oregon East Symphony in March of 2020 but was canceled due to Covid-19 restrictions.
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Chamber Music Festival

6:30pm, Saturday, April 23rd, 2022 | Vert Clubroom (345 SW 4th St, Pendleton, OR)

At 6:30pm on Saturday, April 23rd, 2002, the Symphony will present its annual Chamber Music Festival in the Vert Clubroom (located in the basement of the Vert Auditorium). The Chamber Music Festival features a variety of small ensembles performing chamber works with a generous spread of hors d’oeuvres and beverages provided by the Oregon East Symphony’s volunteer Board of Directors.
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Fractal Miniatures

7:30pm, Saturday, June 11th, 2022 | Vert Auditorium (480 SW Dorion Ave, Pendleton, OR)

Roger Zare - Fractal MiniaturesPeter Maxwell Davies - Orkney Wedding at SunrisePyotr Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 6

The season will conclude at 7:30pm on Saturday, June 11th, 2022, with Dr. Benson conducting Fractal Miniatures. Fractal Miniatures by American composer Roger Zare is inspired by his fascination with fractal images. Fractals are infinitely complex patterns that are self-similar across different scales. They are created by repeating a simple process over and over in an ongoing feedback loop. In the piece of music, he has strung eight short movements together that each reflect his impressions of various fractals, taking them as pieces of art. Also to be performed is Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 and Peter Maxwell Davies’s Orkney Wedding at Sunrise which features a bagpipe solo.
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