Concert on Sunday, November 24 @ Atonement Lutheran Church, Newport Release good through Saturday, November 23
Renowned violinist Aaron Meyer to perform in Newport Sunday!
Popular violist Aaron Meyer will bring his unique brand of music and performance in a special free concert this Sunday at 2:00pm at Atonement Lutheran Church located at 2315 N. Coast Highway in Newport.
Audiences are truly mesmerized by Aaron’s unique stage presence blended with awe- inspiring virtuosic performances. He immediately engages his fans, displaying an affinity for the violin in a seemingly effortless mastery of the instrument. Composer and pianist Jean-Pierre Garau will join with Meyer to bring us an incredible afternoon.
Aaron’s cutting edge musical style was inspired by his worldwide travels. After performing as an original band member for the world-renowned band Pink Martini, he recorded on the album Sympathique (which sold a million copies worldwide); Aaron then refined his own brand of music.
Aaron blends original music with cutting-edge arrangements of timeless classics. His broad range of music includes everything from a dynamic rendition of Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” to his exquisite versions of Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb,” Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir,” and the Beatles classic “Let it Be.” Whenever he performs, he connects with audiences of all ages, cultures and backgrounds from all around the world. “Aaron brings a unique and gorgeous voice to the violin. He has combined lyricism and amazing technique to become one of the best violinists around” said Phil Baker of Pink Martini.
Aaron takes his violin everywhere and loves to share his music all over the world. Venues include performing Arts Centers, guest solo appearances with Symphony Orchestra’s, music festivals, and luxury resorts and cruises, as well as National Anthems for the NBA and the NFL.
He has released nine albums, including his latest, Hang On To Your Pants, featuring Aaron’s 9-piece band performing instrumental versions of timeless classic rock tunes such as “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Carry On My Wayward Son,” “Hotel California,” “Sultan’s of Swing,” and “The Devil Went Down To Georgia.” “I really wanted to arrange these songs instrumentally for rock violin and my band”, said Meyer. “The violin soars with these anthem melodies and these songs are classics, everyone knows and loves.”
Meyer played his first violin when he was five, and by the time he was 11 years old, he had soloed with the prestigious Philadelphia Orchestra bringing audiences to their feet with his inspiring performance. Aaron studied the violin with his father, Julian Meyer,
who taught the world-renowned violinist Sarah Chang. Aaron’s training continued with Luis Biava, associate conductor with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and also at Indiana University with Yuval Yaron, a student of Jascha Heifetz.
Meyer’s and Garau’s concert will be preceded by a performance of the North Salem High School string ensemble under the direction of teacher Larry Garrett. They will perform Mozart’s String Quartet No. 4 in C, K.157, 1st Movement Allegro,
The Meyer and Garau concert is free with donations accepted at the door. The concert is a benefit event for the Oregon Coast Youth Symphony Festival. The Festival hosts three annual events: a 4-day Festival for six high school string orchestras; a Winter Concert Series (three events), featuring high school string quartets and professional quartets; and a high school student Composers’ Symposium. All Festival events are free.
The high school string orchestras attending the April 23-26, 2020 Festival are: Rex Putnam (Clackamas), Pendleton, Astoria, North Salem, Mountain View (Bend) and Ashland. All six school orchestras will perform in free public concerts as will special guests the Oregon State University Chamber Ensemble.
The Winter Concert Series features high school quartets and professional quartets playing side-by-side. The professional quartets this year are: Thunder Egg Consort (Portland), U of O graduate students and professors, the Element String Quartet (NSO musicians) and the high school quartets are from Forest Grove HS, Reynolds HS (Troutdale), and South Salem HS. The concert dates are January 11, February 15, and March 7.
These three unique and enormously successful state wide youth classical musical events are held annually in Newport. The mission of the Festival is to enhance the quality of life for Oregon’s youth by providing the opportunity to learn and perform orchestral music together in a collaborative environment.