PENDLETON - The Saturday crowd at the final Oregon East Symphony of the season was treated to some rousing Beethoven and a Mozart chorale.
But Jane Whitford may have had the best day of all: She won the President's Raffle during the concert intermission. She will have a choice of a trip to Copenhagen, Denmark, a week's stay for four people at Salishan Resort on the Oregon Coast or $2,000 cash.
The first half of the concert was Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, better known as "The Emperor." Rick Rowley of Texas received a standing ovation and "bravos" for his work at the piano.
Music Director and Conductor Ken Woods described the concerto as Beethoven doing a balancing act of playing by all the rules and then undermining them at the same time.
"The drama of the first movement is followed by one of the most intimate pieces Beethoven wrote," Woods told the audience. "The final movement is unabashedly joyful."
Creagh Hawes of the Symphony Guild said the piece was "fabulous, something you wouldn't expect in Pendleton."
Rowley was "in and out of the orchestra so perfectly," Carolyn Mayer said of is performance.
Following intermission and a quick re-arrangement of the stage, the symphony and chorale, joined by Consort Columbia performed Mozart's "Mass in C minor," with soloists Lezlee Flagg, Cheryl Carlson, Nick Fichter and Cyril Myers.
Woods described the piece as deeply religious and, at the same time, a love letter to the composer's wife, who was the soprano soloist.
Maureen McCormmach, an alto with the OES Chorale, said that it's a "trade off when singing in the chorus. It's so much fun, but at the same time, you wish you could be out front to hear it."
The Chorale traveled to Kennewick Sunday to perform Mozart with Consort Columbia.
Planning is already under way for the 20th OES season beginning next fall.
"The kids programs have become so large because we're trying to build the orchestra," said Richard Jones, president of the OES board of directors. "Availability of grants is diminishing. We're not going to back down though. We plan to celebrate our 20th season."
Season tickets for the coming season are on sale at the OES office, 424 S. Main St., Pendleton.