Apr 192018

A symphony of youth!

Free Concerts Friday and Saturday in Newport

Five Oregon high school orchestras will be descending upon Newport for four days of live community youth symphony concerts, creative workshops, clinics to instill a drive for excellence and to inspire our Oregon classical music students to be musicians for a lifetime.

The Oregon Coast Youth Symphony Festival will take place in Newport on April 19, 20, 21 & 22. Oregon high school orchestras and the special guest the Oregon State University Chamber Strings Ensemble are in Newport for three days of workshops, instructional sessions, mentoring and free public concerts featuring the all the orchestras. Besides the OSU Chamber Strings, the high schools attending include Reynolds (Troutdale), McKay (Salem), McNary (Keizer), Pendleton and Clackamas high schools.

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Friday at 7:30pm at the Performing Arts Center will be the Festival’s opening concert featuring McNary and McKay High school orchestras followed by our special guest the OSU Chamber Strings.

The scene shifts to the Newport Middle School gym Saturday night at 7:30pm with performances by the Pendleton, Reynolds and Clackamas orchestras. The the grand finale will feature all five high school orchestra students coming together with a mass performance featuring the music of Ernest Bloch and Samuel Barber.

Music Directors and workshop leaders are Adam Flatt the long time conductor of the Newport Symphony Orchestra at the Ocean and special guest conductor Dr. Blake Richardson, music director and conductor of the Alabama Youth Symphony in Birmingham.

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All concerts are free to the public and donations are gratefully accepted. For more information go to the Festival website – www.youthsymphonyfestival.org. The Newport Performing Arts Center is located at 777 West Olive Street. Newport Middle School is located at 825 NE 7th.

The Oregon Coast Youth Symphony Festival is a very, very unique event for our young high school classical music students from all over Oregon. This came out of a love for classical music and a passion for our youth to embrace it in their musical talent and hearts and has become one of the most original events in the West and indeed the entire country.

The Festival is endorsed by all six major Oregon Symphony Orchestras including the Oregon Symphony, Eugene Symphony, Oregon East Symphony, Rogue Valley Symphony, Corvallis-OSU Symphony and our own Newport Symphony Orchestra at the Ocean.

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Presenting sponsors for the Oregon Coast Youth Symphony Festival include the News Times, Umpqua Bank, Northwest Natural, Oregon Coast Aquarium and The Standard with special thanks to Patty Olmsted. Foundation support comes from the Randall Charitable Trust, Storms Family Foundation, Ford Family Foundation, Salem Foundation and the Oregon State University School of Arts and Communication. Local sponsors include Chinook Winds Casino Resort, MO’s, Associated Cleaners, PayneWest Insurance and the Lincoln Cultural Coalition.

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