Spotlight on the Teachers Concert: A Piano Extravaganza
Contact: Jessica Treon 541-563-4183
A Piano Extravaganza will be presented this Sunday, September 26 at 2 p.m. at the Newport Performing Arts Center. The concert will also be livestreamed on YouTube by students of the Video Class at Waldport High School. Two students with their teacher, Philip Reed will be on site to do the recording. All those attending the concert must wear masks and bring either a COVID vaccination record or proof of negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of the performance. People who would like to livestream the concert can get the link by calling or texting 541-961-0959. Donations can also be mailed to Lincoln County OMTA at P.O. Box 2253, Newport, OR 97365. This concert is one of the biannual benefits presented by the Lincoln County Oregon Music Teachers Association. Admission is by donation to the Suzanne Brown Student Aid Fund. The concert proceeds sustain the Suzanne Brown Scholarship fund. The fund is designed to keep students in lessons who cannot afford the full costs of music education. The fund can be used to pay tuition, buy books, pay for festival fees or any other music related expense. The family contributes what they can, teachers discount their fees, and the fund makes up the difference.
“We have seven talented pianists and two guest instrumentalists performing on Sunday,” says Rita Warton, Co-President of the local OMTA group. “Each pianist chooses their own solo, duet, or two-piano number, and it has resulted in a wonderful mix on this program. There will be solos composed by Johannes Brahms, Frederic Chopin, Felix Mendelssohn, Edvard Grieg, Claude Debussy, and Maurice Ravel. The first movement of the Sonata in D for Two Pianos by W.A. Mozart and Sergie Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise written for viola and piano round out the list of the most famous composers on the program. There will also be works by lessor known composers and a piece written for bassoon and piano,” says Warton. “It’s a first for us to have a bassoon on the program!”
Guest performer, Evelyn Archer is new to the Spotlight Concerts which have been going on for over twenty years. Archer is recently moved to the coast from St. Louis, Missouri. She is a retired elementary music teacher and holds a Bachelor of Music Education as well as a Master of Music in Performance on bassoon. She has performed in many orchestras including the University City Orchestra in St. Louis, the St. Louis Wind Symphony Orchestra, and the Kirkwood Symphony Orchestra.
Violist Mindy Simon is a local string musician who studied at North Arizona University. She performed with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra and the Boulder Philharmonic. Simon has performed in pit orchestras locally with Coastal Arts Production, Red Octopus and Porthole Players. She is currently teaching through the Newport Symphony Orchestra’s Family Strings Program.
There will be seven local teachers performing in the concert, Ramona Goddard, Mary Morganti, Donna Olson, Andrea Roesel, Mary Lee Scoville, Jessica Treon, and Rita Warton.
“The concert will last about an hour with no breaks to keep exposure to Covid at a minimum. We will come out after our performance as we always do, but again to keep low exposure, there will be no refreshments,” says Jessica Treon.
For more information about the concert or the scholarship fund call Jessica Treon 541-563-4183 or visit our website omta-lincolncounty.org or Lincoln County Oregon Music Teachers Association on Facebook.