Contemporary composer Raven Chacon has been commissioned to create a new piece of music and the world premier performance will take place in Pendleton.

A $38,000 grant received from the Creative Heights program of The Oregon Community Foundation is funding the special project and performance, said J.D. Kindle, executive director of the Oregon East Symphony. The commissioned work will feature a chamber ensemble comprised of musicians from the symphony and student musicians from Nixyaawii Community School.

While in Eastern Oregon coaching musicians on the performance of his commissioned work, Chacon will be working with Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts in producing a series of prints based off the commissioned score.

Both the music and prints will premiere at the Oregon East Symphony’s annual Winter Chamber Music Concert. The event is Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, with a second performance Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, at Crow’s Shadow.

Chacon is a composer, performer and installation artist from Fort Defiance, Navajo Nation. Each year, he teaches 20 students to write string quartets for the Native American Composer Apprenticeship Project.

The Oregon East Symphony works to enhance the cultural wealth of the region through music education and performance. For more information, including the upcoming season and to purchase tickets to the Winter Chamber Music concert, visit For questions, contact 541-276-0320 or

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