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Published on February 6, 2018 11:59AM

Pianist Mei-Ting Sun

Pianist Mei-Ting Sun

Kate & the Crocodiles

Kate & the Crocodiles

Musicians are tuning their instruments and chefs perfecting their recipes in preparation for the Winterfest gala fund-raiser from the Siletz Bay Music Festival.

The event, at Salishan Spa & Golf Resort, will feature a performance from international piano sensation Mei-Ting Sun on Friday, Feb. 16, and the lively sounds of Portland’s Kate and the Crocodiles on Saturday, Feb. 17.

Doors for the Friday event open at 7 pm, with Mei-Ting taking to the stage at 7:30 pm for performance of classical and jazz. Silent auction items will be available for preview and bidding. Tickets are $35 per person.

On Saturday, doors will open at 5 pm for the silent auction and heavy hors d’oeuvres prepared by Salishan’s executive chef. Guests will then get the chance to bid on five luxury gift packages in a live auction, followed by a performance from Kate and the Crocodiles. Tickets are $95 per person.

Proceeds from the abundant silent and live auctions will go towards the summer festival, which runs from June 20 to July 4.

“Our residents and business community members have been extremely supportive and generous with our efforts to continue bringing high-caliber concerts to the greater Lincoln City area and we can’t thank them enough,” said festival Executive Director Mark Sanders. “The mission of the Siletz Bay Music Festival is ‘to bring high quality music performances and education to the Central Oregon Coast’ so our summer festival objectives are met, showcasing renowned musicians and vocalists, and providing two weeks of classical chamber music, orchestral works, jazz, big band and cabaret programs, experiences not to be missed!”

The festival began in 2011 as a one-week program with 400 patrons. By year seven, it had expanded to two weeks, attracting more than 2,500 guests from as far away as New York and Florida.

The festival presents 15 performances in five venues — Taft 7-12 High School Commons, Lincoln City Cultural Center, Salishan Resort, Eden Hall and the Congregational Church of Lincoln City. One in five concerts are presented free of charge, ensuring that local children, parents, seniors and those of modest means can experience the magic of world-class music.

Tickets for Winterfest are available online at siletzbaymusic.org or by calling 541-992-1131.

Changing lives through music

SBMF is the fiscal agent for a generous grant from the Oregon Community Foundation, funding the Studio to School Program at Taft and Oceanlake elementary schools. This music outreach project directly benefits 810 students in grades K-5 who have music three days a week. Another 130 students are enrolled in a required 6th-grade band class that meets each day for one hour for a full academic year.

The festival’s salon-series, Oregon Coast Chamber Music Society, continues to thrive, offering year-round programming. Taft High School culinary club prepares refreshments for these concert guests, allowing students to gain valuable catering experience.

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