The Newport Symphony Orchestra’s youth orchestra will perform their Spring Concert on Saturday, May 18th at 7pm in the sanctuary of the Newport First Presbyterian Church at 227 NE 12th Street. All are welcome and admission is free, with donations to the youth orchestra accepted at the door.
This Spring Concert features school-aged musicians from the Oregon coast and the youth will be joined by selected adults who are at a similar performing level. The concert will begin with the beginners’ orchestra conducted by Barbara Wilcox, which will perform a series of ensemble pieces sure to delight and inspire music lovers of all ages. They will be followed by the full orchestra, conducted by Kathy Follett, which will perform an early Mozart Symphony, Pizzicato Polka by Johann Strauss Jr., and the first movement of the beloved Bach Double Concerto, featuring two student violin soloists, Isabel Solano and Sophie Goodwin-Rice.
The Spring Concert is just one of several youth-focused orchestral events supported by the Newport Symphony Orchestra (NSO). Since 2011, the coast youth orchestra has been practicing and performing together under the direction of Kathy Follett and with the help of Barbara Wilcox and other NSO string musicians and instructors. They held a Winter Concert last December, and selected members played with the Salem Youth Symphony’s Philharmonia Orchestra in April.
This summer, the 3rd annual summer music camp for youth string and wind instrument players will be held July 8-12. To find out more about the youth orchestra, upcoming concerts or summer music daycamp, visit the NSO website at www.newportsymphony.org or contact the NSO office 541-574-0164.