The Oregon East Symphony recently announced concert information about its 2018-19 season. In addition, season tickets are now on sale.
The Nov. 4 season opener is “Bucolic Beethoven” — so named because it features a performance of Beethoven’s “Sixth Symphony,” also known as his “Pastoral Symphony.” The program also includes Mozart’s “Sinfonia Concertante” — a concertante is a piece that features two or more soloists — with Hannah Leland (violin) and Hannah Burnett (viola).
Leland has previously been a featured soloist during the symphony’s Winter Chamber Music Concert. She recently released an album of works by American composer George Antheil with her piano-violin duo Duo Odéon. Burnett was named “Best In State” in viola by the Texas Music Educators Association in 2014. She is currently studying viola at Juilliard.
Ringing in the season is the annual Holiday Music Festival. The Dec. 9 event features an ecumenical celebration of the holidays through song. This year’s performers include the Eastern Oregon Community Big Band, led by Andy Cary; the Pendleton Men’s Chorus, led by Bill Mayclin; Our Songs are Alive, led by Fred Hill; and Sisters In Song, led by Lezlee Flagg and Cheryl Carlson.
The Winter Chamber Music Festival is Feb. 16. It includes a variety of small ensembles, paired with wine and hors d’oeuvres. The highlight of the evening is the world premier of a commissioned piece of music by Raven Chacon. Hailing from the Navajo Nation, Chacon has served as composer-in-residence with the Native American Composers Apprenticeship Project and also is a part of the American Indian arts collective Postcommodity, with work displayed internationally.
The commissioned work will feature both symphony musicians and youths from the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Also, Chacon, whose highly visual scores feature Navajo iconographic elements, will visit Pendleton for a three-week residency leading up the performance. He will produce a series of prints based on his score at Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts, and will coach musicians performing his piece.
The Oregon East Symphony and Chorale will present “A Flair for the Dramatic” on March 15. The symphony will perform Tchaikovsky’s “Fifth Symphony.” The chorale will join the symphony in a performance of opera choruses, including the “Huntsmans’ Chorus” from Weber’s “Der Freischütz,” the “Bridal Chorus” from Wagner’s “Lohengrin,” “Triumphal March” from Verdi’s “Aida” and many more. Those interested in participating in the chorale are encouraged to contact the symphony office. Rehearsals begin in January.
The final performance of the season is “Summer, Saint-Saëns, & A Symphony.” The June 14 program includes Brahms’ “Fourth Symphony” and Saint-Saëns’ “Piano Concerto No. 2,” featuring soloist Artina McCain. She has appeared as a soloist with numerous organizations and is an assistant professor of piano at the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis. McCain has been featured in an episode of the PBS series “Roadtrip Nation” and is a three-time Global Music Awards winner for the album “I, Too,” a collaboration with soprano Icy Monroe, and the albums “Shades” and “Trombone Czar” with husband and bass trombonist Martin McCain.
Season ticket packages can be ordered at the symphony office, 345 S.W. Fourth St., Pendleton Art + Frame, 36 S.W. Court Ave., and www.brownpapertickets.com. For more information, contact email@example.com, 541-276-0320 or visit www.oregoneastsymphony.org.