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Voila! the viola

Published on July 10, 2018 3:03PM

Acclaimed musician Rose Hashimoto will visit Lincoln City this Sunday, July 15, for an interactive exploration of the unique voice of the viola.

Performing in the Distad Reading Room of Driftwood Public Library, Hashimoto will present

music spanning three centuries and feature three living composers, including two from the Pacific Northwest.

Selections will include Alan Hovhaness’ searing lament “Chahagir;” Ayumi Okada’s peaceful reflection on the beauty of nature “In the Shade of an Acacia Tree;” Max Reger’s sparkling and lighthearted viola showpiece “Suite for Solo Viola in D major;” Garth Knox’s “Viola Spaces,” a wacky, tongue-in-cheek exploration of the different sounds the viola can produce; and “The Three Gs,” a groovy, driving piece that transforms the viola into an electric guitar.

The centerpiece of the program is one of the most soulful and moving works of music ever written, J. S. Bach’s “Chaconne.”

Born and raised in Seattle, Hashimoto began her musical education as a pianist at the age of four, and started playing the viola when she was eight. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School and a Master of Music and Professional Studies Diploma from Mannes College The New School for Music. Upon her graduation from Mannes, she was the recipient of the George and Elizabeth Gregory Award for Excellence in Performance. As a winner of the Mannes concerto competition, she performed the Schnittke Viola Concerto with the Mannes Orchestra.

Hashimoto loves performing music in unusual settings, and she is always searching for ways to create concert experiences that are more accessible, informal and enjoyable for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Sunday’s performance, which is free and open to all, will begin at 3 pm at Driftwood Public Library, located on the second floor at 801 SW Hwy. 101.

For more information, contact Kirsten Brodbeck-Kenney at kbrodbeck-kenney@lincolncity.org or at 541-996-1251.

Rose in the garden

Hashimoto will also perform two free concerts on Saturday, July 14, at Connie Hansen Garden in Lincoln City. The shows will start at noon and then again at 4 pm at 1931 NW 33rd Street. FMI, call 541-994-6338.

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