The Oregon Music Teachers Association Lincoln County District will host a benefit concert on Sunday, September 18th at 2 p.m. at the Newport Performing Arts Center. Admission is by donation to the Suzanne Brown Student Aid Fund. Refreshments with the performers will follow the concert.
This fall’s Spotlight on the Teachers will present music from the Romantic Period of Music, the latter part of the 19th Century and early 20th Century. OMTA performers as well as guests will present great works by great composers. Seven of the pianists will start the concert with a full performance of Johannes Brahms Variations on a Theme by Haydn performed on two pianos. Those pianists include OMTA members Tiffany Jefferson, Christine McKenney, Mary Lee Scoville, Jessica Treon and Rita Warton as well as two OMTA alumni, Milo Graamans and Carlyn Jefferson. Each of those performers will also be playing solos or duos by Chopin, Schubert, Grieg, and Joplin. One major highlight will be the piano duo, Scoville and Treon, who will perform the Russian Rhapsody, an early work of Sergei Rachmaninoff. “Apparently the young Rachmaninoff was responding to a challenge from his composition professor who said he could not write a piece using these two particular Russian themes. But in addition, it is clear that he was showing how he and his partner could play difficult music,” says Scoville. “We won’t be as fast as Rachmaninoff but it’s a great piece with all the lushness and fire we expect from this composer.”
New to the Spotlight concerts is Alexander Lundquist. Lundquist is a musician of eclectic experience. He has sung with the Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale and the Resident Company of Opera Idaho. He was chosen to perform with the Chorale at Carnegie Hall in New York City to premier Paul Aitken’s original work, And None Shall Be Afraid in 2010. He will be singing on the program with Christine McKenney. Lundquist and McKenney both sing locally in the Central Coast Chorale which is directed by Mary Lee Scoville. In addition, Lundquist is a trumpet player and will be playing trumpet accompanied by Milo Graamans. John Warton, professional trombonist and seasoned Spotlight performer from Portland will play an accompanied version of Danny Boy. Violinist and OMTA member, Doreen Thorusen will be playing a solo accompanied by Rita Warton. In addition, Rita will be singing a solo accompanied by OMTA alumnus, Justin Herndon.
“In keeping with our tradition of including works for one or more pianos with multiple players, we have revived a favorite work for piano quartet on one piano,” says Treon. “The concert will end with a romp through Lavinac’s Galop-Marche which we haven’t performed in many years. It’s something you won’t see often. Please join us and help keep music available to students regardless of their family finances. Over the years we have supported students with over $15,000 in scholarship monies,”
For more information about the concert or the scholarship fund call Jessica Treon 541-563-4183 or visit our website lincolncountyomta.org or Lincoln County Oregon Music Teachers Association on Facebook.