Linfield Chamber Orchestra to perform Bach, Brahms and Britten

The Linfield Chamber Orchestra will present an intimate concert that highlights the strings section and features works ranging from the Baroque era to the 20th century. The performance will be Friday, Dec. 2, at 8 p.m.

The evening will include a pre-concert discussion by Conductor Michael Gesme at 7 p.m. and a reception immediately following the concert.

The performance will highlight the radically different sounds of orchestral string playing over a span of 250 years, with a reflective look to past eras for inspiration, and a decidedly modern look forward.

Musical selections will include the crisp, clear sounds of the “Brandenburg Concerto No. 3” by Johann Sebastian Bach, and the lush sentimentality of “Two Lyric Pieces” by Edvard Grieg and “Liebeslieder Waltzes” by Johannes Brahms. “Simple Symphony,” by Benjamin Britten, will highlight the composer’s talent for treating the most traditional of musical forms with freshness and originality. Other featured composers will include David Diamond and Heinrich Ignaz von Biber.

Conductor Michael Gesme is now in his eighth season with the Linfield Chamber Orchestra. He has served as conductor and music director of the Central Oregon Symphony for 14 years, and is a music professor at Central Oregon Community College in Bend.

The concert will be in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall on the Linfield College campus, at 900 SE Baker Street in McMinnville. The pre-concert lecture and reception will be in Jonasson Hall, in the same building.

Single reserved tickets are $27. General admission is $20, and $5 for students K-12. For ticket and concert information, visit Linfield Chamber Orchestra or contact the orchestra at (503) 833-2637 or

This concert series marks the orchestra’s 21st Anniversary Season, and is sponsored by WillaKenzie Estate, a family-owned winery in the Willamette Valley.