UPCOMING CONCERT- OES Preparatory Orchestra


Oregon East Symphony Preparatory Orchestra 

Spring Showcase Concert 

7:30 PM, Monday, May 7, 2007 

Regional Schools Tour, Monday, May 7, 2007 

Program to include-

Brahms- Academic Festival Overture

Beethoven- Symphony no. 5

Mozart- Piano Concerto in G Major

Williams- Music from Star Wars

The 2006-7 Season of the OES Preparatory Orchestra, a group made of young musicians from throughout Eastern Oregon and Eastern Washington, culminates in a series of challenging concerts which follow the orchestra’s annual spring retreat at the Bar M dude ranch in the Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon.  In addition to regular weekly rehearsals, the OES Preparatory Orchestra have always had a number of annual intensive retreats in some of the many beautiful locations around the Inland Northwest, including the Whitman Hotel in Walla Walla, Eagle Cap Challets in the Wallowa mountains and the Bar M. Over the course of the weekend the students have the chance to work intensively under the baton of OES Music Director, Kenneth Woods, and to receive coaching from OES “helpers” who sit in for the rehearsals. There is also ample opportunity for social time and recreational activities, including hiking, horseback riding and swimming.  The orchestra will be joined by pianist Elizabeth Field from Walla Walla, winner of the Junior Division of the 2006 OES Young Artists Competition. The OES Preparatory Orchestra is part of the “Playing for Keeps” project of the Oregon East Symphony. “Playing for Keeps” funds two training orchestras, a children’s choir and a summer camp for young musicians, in addition to supporting private lessons and instrument rental for economically disadvantaged young musicians. You can learn more at the OES website, http://www.oregoneastsymphony.org/

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American conductor, composer and cellist Kenneth Woods is Principal Conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Colorado MahlerFest and cellist of the string trio Ensemble Epomeo. He records for the Avie, Somm, Nimbus, Signum, MSR and Toccata labels.

Learn about Kenneth at www.kennethwoods.net

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