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Tigard High School String Orchestra

Five Oregon high school string orchestras will descend upon Newport for a whirlwind of concerts, creative workshops and clinics as the Oregon Coast Youth Symphony Festival gets underway this weekend.

The festival features performances by high school orchestras from Tigard, West Linn, Pendleton, North Salem and Grants Pass as well as this year’s special guest, the Willamette University Chamber Orchestra.

The Willamette University group will be on stage for the festival’s opening concert this Friday, April 26, following performances from the North Salem, Pendleton and Grants Pass High school orchestras. The concert begins at 7:30 pm at the Newport Performing Arts Center, 777 W Olive Street.

On Saturday, April 27, the scene shifts to the Newport Middle School gym for performances by the Tigard and West Linn high school orchestras. The the grand finale will feature all five high school orchestras coming together for a mass performance featuring the music of Ernest Bloch and composer Soon Hee Newbold’s “Iditarod”. The concert starts at 7:30 pm at {span class=”LrzXr”}825 NE 7th St{/span}reet.

The festival’s music directors are Adam Flatt, the long time conductor of the Newport Symphony Orchestra at the Ocean; and special guest conductor Helen Cha-Pyo, artistic director of the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts in Berkeley, New Jersey, and the music director and conductor of the New Jersey Youth Symphony.

All concerts are free to the public and donations are gratefully accepted. For more information go to www.youthsymphonyfestival.org.

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