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The North Coast Chamber Orchestra will travel to Nehalem this Friday, Nov. 15, to perform a concert of Russian classical favorites titled “The Mighty Handful.”

The theme is based upon five 19th Century Russian composers — Mily Balakirev, César Cui, Modest Mussorgsky, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Alexander Borodin — who created a characteristic Russian sound in their music. In their compositions, they tried to incorporate what they heard in village songs, in Cossack and Caucasian dances, in church chants and the tolling of church bells, celebrating the uniqueness of these influences.

The concert will be directed by Conductor Cory Pederson and will feature a performance by the North Oregon Coast’s own Diane Amos, an accomplished pianist who will be prominent in a number of selections such as Cui’s “Orientale.”

Other selections will include Balakirev’s “Overture on Three Russian Folk Themes,” Mussorgsky’s “Khovanshchina Overture,” Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Dubinushka,” Borodin’s “In the Steppes of Central Asia” and more Russian classical standards.

Friday’s concert will start at 7 pm at St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, 36335 N. Hwy. 101, Nehalem. The group will perform again at 3 pm on Sunday, Nov. 17, at Astoria’s Performing Arts Center, 588 16th Street.

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and free for children under 12.

• The North Coast Chamber Orchestra is an ensemble of dedicated North Coast musicians offering live classical music in an intimate concert setting. The orchestra is seeking string players as well as many brass, woodwind and percussion players as well as board members. For more information, contact Cory Pederson at 503-836-2198 or nocscory@gmail.com or go to northoregoncoastsymphony.org.

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