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Linfield announces upcoming chamber orchestra season

A robust lineup of classical music, along with an innovative new lively arts series, is slated at Linfield College in the coming months.

The 2012-13 concert series will highlight the Linfield Chamber Orchestra grand finale season, a special celebration of inspiring music, talented musicians and a dedicated classical music audience. The schedule is:

  • Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m., baritone Anton Belov will perform with the LCO under the direction of music director Michael Gesme in specially selected works by Ibert, Handel, and Mozart. Joan Paddock will also be featured on trumpet. The orchestra will perform music by Ravel and de Falla.
  • Friday, Feb. 15, at 8 p.m., the highly acclaimed San Francisco Guitar Quartet will be featured in a guest artist concert with music from a rich background of traditions, including classical, world and improvisation.
  • Friday, March 15, at 8 p.m., Linfield student winners of the LCO Concerto Competition will perform with the orchestra. Maestro Gesme will conduct a Mozart overture and the renowned Symphony No. 2 by Beethoven.

All concerts will be held in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall. Tickets will be offered at the special price of $10 for each performance, available at the door. Linfield students are admitted free with student ID.

Linfield Lively Arts, a music series

Since its inception in 1991, the Linfield Chamber Orchestra has provided Linfield students the opportunity to perform alongside seasoned musicians. This tradition will continue with Linfield Lively Arts, a music series which will offer even greater opportunities for students to work directly with professional musicians. As with the LCO, the new music series will also provide local classical music lovers the opportunity to hear outstanding musicians in live performance.

Beginning in 2013-14, Linfield and the Department of Music will host a new series of classical music concerts featuring performances by a variety of professional musicians who will also serve in residencies with Linfield music students. Each group will be presented in “Meet the Musician” sessions, open rehearsals or master classes.

Ensemble Education, a new curricular initiative paired with the Linfield Lively Arts music series, will put students in control of their groups. Guided by professional music mentors, students will plan and manage chamber music groups in repertoire, rehearsals, performance, publicity and outreach activities for the college and community. Mentor musicians will play alongside select student peer musicians in ensembles that will include string quartets, wind and brass quintets, and chamber music with voice and piano. The various chamber music groups will have the opportunity to play together in different instrumental combinations, as a chamber orchestra and with the Linfield College Concert Choir.

According to Faun Tiedge, music department chair, chamber music is a good match for the size of Linfield’s program and resources and the new series poses opportunities for a sustainable future for musicians and audiences at Linfield College.

“Linfield is committed to high quality music education for students and also to making great music available to the community,” she added. “Linfield will continue to play a vital role as a community resource and venue for the arts.”

For more information, call 503-883-2275 or visit www.linfield.edu/arts.