A gift of the Oregon Symphony to the community
The Oregon Symphony is coming to Newberg in late February for an evening of symphonic masterworks to fill the dreary winter months with beautiful music.
This is the 31st year that the symphony has performed in Newberg as presented by Austin Industries to its employees and the residents of Newberg. A-dec Inc. employees receive tickets, then George Fox has the option to distribute some tickets before the remaining tickets are handed over to the Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce Feb. 16 to be distributed to the public.
"We've always filled the 1,150 seats each year," said Annie Arrigo, administrative assistant for Austin Industries.
Norman Huynah will be the conductor of the program and is in his second season as a conductor for the symphony. He is responsible for conducting family, youth education and special concerts, as well as assisting the symphony's masterworks series.
"This will be my first time conducting in Newberg. I am very excited to be sharing this concert with the community," he said.
Huynah is in the second season of a three-year term at the symphony and has conducted through several of the symphonies programs with kid concerts, a few classical concerts and many of their special concerts. Prior to coming to Oregon, Huynah served as the assistant conductor for the Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestra from 2013 to 2016.
Featured violin soloist is Sarah Kwak, who joined the symphony in August 2012. Kwak was first associate concertmaster in the Minnesota Orchestra from 1988 to 2012 and then acting concertmaster from January 2010 until September 2011.
The program will be works by Samuel Barber, an American composer of orchestral, opera, choral and piano music. The symphony will be playing "Essay No. 2, Opus 17.
Cesar Franck piece, "Variations for Piano and Orchestra," is one of his tightest works with a blending of piano and orchestra.
Richard Strauss's piece "Burleske in D minor for Piano and Orchestra" will be performed as well. Strauss was a leading German composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras and is known for his operas.
The final piece will be "Symphony No. 5" by Jean Sibelius. Sibelius was inspired by swans in flight to create the fifth symphony, one of his most popular compositions.
"Sibelius's Fifth Symphony is a true musical depiction of nature. If you close your eyes while listening to the famous 'swan theme' in the last movement, you can almost see yourself flying over the Columbia River Gorge," Huynh said in an email.
The performance is at the 8 p.m. Feb. 23 in Bauman Auditorium at George Fox University.