University of Oregon Music Professors and Grad Student Quartet Perform in Free Concert Saturday at First Presbyterian Church.
University of Oregon Music Professors Hal Grossman and Fritz Gearhart, along with their graduate student Jacquot String Quartet, will be in a classical music performance Saturday at 7:00 PM at First Presbyterian Church in the second of three free Winter Concerts sponsored by the Oregon Coast Youth Symphony Festival. Special guest performers will be the Sprague High School String Quartet of Salem.
The University of Oregon music department professors, violinists Grossman and Gearhart, will perform Sonata in E minor for 2 violins, Op. 3 #5 by Jean- Marie Leclair. Professor Fritz Gearhart has performed for audiences from coast to coast. He has appeared in major halls around the country including the Kennedy Center.
Professor Hal Grossman has been enthusiastically acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for his “vibrant tone” and “superb technique”. Both Gearhart and Grossman are on the faculty of the University of Oregon’s School of Music as well as the annual Redfish Chamber Music Festival held in Port Orford in late July. The Jacquot String Quartet graduate music students Nathan Lowman, Caleb Haymes, Adam Fishburn and Titus Young.
Opening the program on Saturday will be the Sprague High School String Quartet under the direction of Lisa Hanson Rael. These talented teenagers from Salem will perform the String Quartet No 2 in D Major by Borodin. Violinists are Thomas Dart and Leo McClean with Ainsley Martin on Viola and Amanda Hayes on Cello. The Sprague High School Orchestra has been among the top 5 best orchestras in the State of Oregon and includes programs in Chamber music as well as full orchestra. These special winter concerts provide an opportunity for small ensembles of talented high school students will perform Beethoven’s String Quartet in E flat major, Op. 74. The Quartet is made up of University of Oregon to perform in front of a live audience outside their home town. The final Winter Series Concert will be held on Saturday, March 7 featuring Hammers and Bows with Casey Bozell, violin; John Hubbard, cello; and Chris Engbretson, piano. The Reynolds High School Quartet from Troutdale will open the program.
Admission to this concert, which begins at 7:00 pm, is free with donations accepted at the door. First Presbyterian Church is located at 227 NE 12th Street. Donations will support of the Oregon Coast Youth Symphony Festival. The concert is made possible in part by grants from the Three Rivers Foundation, the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund, the Oregon Cultural Trust, investing in Oregon’s arts, humanities and heritage and the Lincoln County Cultural Coalition.
The Oregon Coast Youth Symphony Festival is held in Newport on April 23- 26. The Festival is a unique, annual 4-day event for high school orchestras. Professional conductors are the instructors. The schedule includes opportunities to learn in innovative workshops, play music together, perform short programs for each other, and perform together as part of the Festival’s finale. The Newport Symphony’s Conductor and Music Director Adam Flatt is the lead clinician. High school orchestras participating in the 2020 Festival includes Astoria, Pendleton, Rex Putnam North Salem, Mountain View and Ashland as well as members of the Newport Youth Symphony of the Oregon Coast (NYSOC). The Oregon State University Strings Ensemble will perform at the Festival on Friday, April 24.
More information about the Festival can be found at the Festival’s website at youthsymphonyfestival.org or by contacting Jim Myers at email@example.com.