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Newport Symphony’s Casey Bozell in Free Concert Sunday at Atonement Lutheran Church

Newport Symphony’s Casey Bozell in Free Concert Sunday at Atonement Lutheran Church

The Newport Symphony Orchestra’s Concertmaster, violinist Casey Bozell and her Hammers and Bows trio will be presenting a free community chamber concert this Sunday afternoon on 2:00pm at Atonement Lutheran Church located at 2315 North Coast Highway in Newport.

Hammers and Bows was founded in 2012, and is comprised of violinist Bozell, cellist John Hubbard, and pianist Chris Engbretson. The three musicians met as faculty members at the Young Musicians and Artists camp in Salem, Oregon, and formed a fast friendship that translated into a wonderful musical bond.

Besides her role as Concertmaster, Bozell is also a member of the Portland Opera Orchestra and Oregon Ballet Theater. Recent solo engagements include appearances with the Newport Symphony, Beaverton Symphony, Linfield Chamber Orchestra, and the Central Oregon Chamber Orchestra as well as guest artist recitals at the University of Northern Colorado, Eastern Oregon University, and Linfield College. An adept chamber musician, Casey is a founding member of the Hammers and Bows piano trio.

Hubbard is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts, and the University of Southern California, where he studied cello. In Portland since 1989, he has acted as principal cello with the Portland Opera, the Oregon Ballet Theatre, and the Cascade Music Festival. He maintains a private studio, and teaches cello at the Community Music Center and Reed College. Engbretson holds a Master of Music degree in choral conducting from Northern Arizona University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in music with a piano performance concentration. Over the past decade, Chris has worked extensively as a pianist, chorister, vocal coach and conductor both locally and abroad. He is a member of the Willamette University music faculty in Salem.

The program will include Shostakovich’s Piano Trio in E Minor and Dvorak’s Piano Trio in B flat Major plus other selections.

This special chamber concert is a presentation of the Oregon Coast Youth Symphony Festival. The Festival returns to Newport after a two year COVID break on Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23 with free performances at the Newport Performing Arts Center and Newport Middle School. Oregon high school orchestras from Tualatin, Newberg, Mountain View, Ashland, North Medford and Brookings-Harbor will be performing. Special guests will be the Willamette University Chamber Orchestra. For more information about the Festival go to their website at www.youthsymphonyfestival.org.

Donations will be accepted this Sunday to support the Festival and attendees are asked to please wear a mask in the church sanctuary.

Concert is presented by the Lincoln County Cultural Trust, Oregon Coast Bank and the Three Rivers Foundation.

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