Bringing music to public places
Symphonic music is not often performed in rural communities.
But that is part of the reason that Crook County Library leadership is so eager to offer another installment of Music in Public Places, a program provided by Central Oregon Symphony that highlights its musicians with classical chamber music concerts in public venues throughout the region.
The Central Oregon Symphony Association has partnered with the Crook County Library as well as Deschutes County Libraries to present the concerts throughout the season, with concerts taking place in Prineville as well as La Pine, Redmond, Bend and Sisters.
"The partnership has been going for a couple of years," said Jane Scheppke, Crook County Library's assistant director of library services. "One of our core missions at the library is to provide cultural opportunities for the people of Prineville and Crook County. Bringing live music definitely fits with that mission."
This Saturday, at 2 p.m., the Dove String Quartet, whose repertoire includes pop, classical, baroque songs and more, will perform in the library's Broughton Room, where other Music in Public Places concerts have taken place. Prior concerts have proven popular, drawing crowds of as many as 85 people.
"It's pretty rare to have symphonic musicians coming out to rural locations. I think symphonic music is often associated with kind of being highfalutin and upper class, rich people music," Scheppke said. "So having the Central Oregon Symphony come down and play for people in Prineville kind of demystifies it."
She went on to stress that the concerts are kid-friendly and provide "a great way to introduce your child to classical or symphonic music."
"We often have kids at the programs and it's a lot of fun for them," Scheppke said, adding that the programs typically include a music education or music appreciation component.
Though performances tend toward classical chamber music, Scheppke noted that the musicians will deviate from that script from time to time.
"It's a mix," she remarked. "They perform both classical pieces and pop. We have selections from movie soundtracks. We have had stuff from the 17th and 18th centuries. It is really all across the board."
Not only have prior concerts drawn positive reviews from the audience members seated in the Broughton Room, they have appealed to library patrons who maybe didn't expect background music during their visit.
"Oftentimes, when they are playing, we open up the doors into the main library, so the music is coming into the library as well."
Music in Public Places
Dove String Quartet
Date: 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26
Place: Crook County Library Broughton Room, 175 NW Meadow Lakes Drive