High school orchestras from across Oregon will descend on Newport for four days of live concerts, creative workshops and clinics when the Oregon Coast Youth Symphony Festival gets underway on Thursday, April 27.
Running through Saturday, April 29, the event aims to instill a drive for excellence and to inspire the state’s classical music students to be musicians for life.
High schools from West Linn, McKay, North Salem, Pendleton and North Medford will perform at the festival, joined by a special guest — the University of Oregon Symphony.
The coast’s very own Newport Youth Symphony of the Oregon Coast will also be participating, taking to the stage alongside the Pendleton and North Salem High School orchestras during the festival’s opening concert at 7:15 pm on Thursday, April 27, at the Newport Performing Arts Center, 777 W Olive Street.
The McKay, West Linn and North Medford high school symphonies will take to the PAC stage on Saturday, April 29, starting at 9:30 am.
The grand finale will take place at 7:30 pm on Saturday, April 29, at the Newport Middle School, with
all the high school orchestra students coming together for a mass performance featuring the music of Ernest Bloch and Vaughn Williams. Afterward, the University of Oregon Symphony will perform Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony #5”.
Newport Middle School is located at 825 NE 7th Street.
Music directors and workshop leaders are Adam Flatt, the longtime conductor of the Newport Symphony Orchestra at the Ocean, and special guest conductor Dan Allcott from Tennessee Tech University, where he is music director of the Oak Ridge and Bryan Symphony Orchestras.
All concerts are free to the public and donations are gratefully accepted.
For more information, go to www.youthsymphonyfestival.org.