Newport’s annual celebration of acclaimed composer Ernest Bloch will take place on Friday, July 5, with a gourmet dinner accompanied by a talk from Maestro Yaacov Bergman of the Siletz Bay Music Festival.

Bergman, who serves as artistic director and conductor of the festival, will share his history with the Bloch family and some observations about Bloch’s music.

Bloch came to Newport in 1941, having already made a major impression on the musical world. He continued to commute to UC Berkeley until 1952 and made his home in the Agate Beach area until his death in 1959. Bloch’s music continues to be celebrated in concert halls around the world.

Born in Israel, Bergman’s early musical training began with violin and vocal studies, but he soon expressed an avid interest in composing and conducting. After graduation from the Rubin Academy of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, he completed post-graduate studies at the Mannes College of Music in New York. He pursued further conducting studies under the guidance of Charles Bruck, a disciple of Pierre Monteux, as well as private study under Leonard Bernstein.

Bergman is also music director of the Portland Chamber Orchestra and the Walla Walla Symphony. He guest conducted with the New Russia Philharmonic, Belarus National Chamber Orchestra in Minsk, Osaka Symphonica, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the San Diego Symphony, the West Virginia Symphony, repeat appearances with the Lodz and Bydgoszcz Philharmonics in Poland, a debut performance with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, a third appearance with the Brooklyn Philharmonic in New York and a concert tour with the Israel Sinfonietta and The Israel Kibbutz Orchestra.

The July 5 dinner, hosted by the Ernest Bloch Legacy Project, will start at 6 pm at the Tables of Content Restaurant in Sylvia Beach Hotel. Tickets are $50 per person. To reserve a spot, contact Frank Geltner at or call 541-961-1482.

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