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Published on October 10, 2018 10:45AM

The Salem String Quartet

The Salem String Quartet

The McKay Quartet

The McKay Quartet


The Oregon Coast Youth Symphony Festival will present music to warm the soul at the first of its Winter Series concerts this Saturday, Oct. 13, in Newport

The Salem String Quartet, one of the most noted classical music foursomes in the Northwest, will headline the concert, playing alongside a student quartet from Salem’s McKay High School Orchestra.

The Salem String Quart features a uniquely satisfying blend of versatility, inspiration, energy, quality and experience delivered by four dedicated musicians from three continents. Members include the husband-and-wife team of Caius and Sigrun Oprea on violin, Brandon Correa on viola and Katherine Parks on cello. All four have played with major orchestras and quartets across the US and around the world.

The program for Saturday’s concert features Boccherini’s “Quartet No.5 Op.7” and Dvorak’s “American Quartet No.12.”

Also performing are the Boulanger Quartet from Salem’s McKay High School, featuring Caleb Kaestner and Daisy Cervantes on violin, Priscila Garcia on viola and Adrian Cervantes on cello. Their program includes selections from Schuman, Borodin, Bach, Stenhammer and Mendlessohn.

The Saturday evening Winter Series program opens with the prelude to Bach’s “Cello Suite No. 1” in G major, performed by University of Oregon music major Clair Dietz.

Saturday’s concert will start at 7 pm at First Presbyterian Church of Newport, 227 NE 12th Street.

Admission is free but donations will be accepted.


Some youthful information


Saturday’s event is the first of three Winter Series concerts presented by the Oregon Coast Youth Symphony Festival, which will return to Newport for its third year in April.

This highly successful festival invites six high school string orchestras from around Oregon for three days of workshops, mentorships and public performances including the grand finale, featuring all 150 students in a mass symphony.

Newport Symphony Orchestra at the Ocean’s Conductor and Music Director Adam Flatt is the lead clinician. Attending high school orchestras for the 2019 Festival include West Linn, Tigard, South Eugene, Pendleton, North Salem and Grants Pass. Festival information will be updated at youthsymphonyfestival.org.

For more information, email beachbum55@charter.net.



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