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Concert Band and Wind Symphony to perform

Piano keyboard at Linfield CollegeEnjoy the sounds of the Linfield College Concert Band and Wind Symphony, with guest conductor Jay Chen, as they come together to create music Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 125 SE Cowls St., McMinnville.

An ensemble of Linfield students as well as members of the McMinnville community will perform a combination of fall and winter pieces. The concert, “Autumn Leaves,” will showcase pieces such as “Russian Christmas Music,” “Petite Symphonie in B-flat Major” and “Suite of Old American Dances,” including “Wallflower Waltz,” “Western One-Step” and “Cake Walk.”

Chen earned his bachelor’s degree from the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in Chengdu, China, and his master’s degree from Oregon State University, where he teaches trumpet. Chen also directs the OSU Trumpet Choir and has conducted the Willamette University Band for the last five years. He is conducting the Linfield College Band and Brass Ensemble in 2010 as a sabbatical replacement. Chen is the principal trumpet player for the Portland and Eugene Operas, and has performed with the Oregon Symphony, Eugene Symphony, the Oregon Bloch Festival in Newport, the Oregon Bach Festival in Eugene, the Oregon Coast Festival in Coos Bay, the Sunriver Music Festival and with the Cascade Music Festival in Bend. Chen is also a visiting professor at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music.

The concert is sponsored by the Linfield Music Department and is free and open to the public. For more information, call 503-883-2275.