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Oregon Symphony will perform its annual concert on Feb. 21 at Bauman Auditorium

PHOTO COURTESY OF OREGON SYMPHONY - Bauman Auditorium on the campus of George Fox University will host the Oregon Symphony on Feb. 21.

The Oregon Symphony will make its way southwest from Portland to Newberg next week for what has become a mainstay of the cultural calendar hereabouts.

Thanks to A-dec Inc. co-founder Joan Austin, a patron of the arts who wished to encourage culture in the community, the symphony has performed in Newberg for more than three decades. The venue is always the same: Bauman Auditorium on the campus of George Fox University. Past symphony conductors have welcomed the opportunity to perform in the 1,150-seat auditorium, which is said to have some of the best acoustics of a small venue in the Northwest. In fact, the symphony took the unusual step of recording in the auditorium to take advantage of the acoustics.

This year the symphony will be led by guest conductor Robert Trevino, whose past two posts were as music director of the Spain-based Basque National Orchestra and chief conductor of the Malmo Symphony Orchestra in Sweden. He will appear in the Portland area after having toured throughout much of Europe and performing with a veritable who's who of symphonies and opera troupes.PHOTO COURTESY OF OREGON SYMPHONY - Dozens of musicians will travel to Newberg on Feb. 21 for the Oregon Symphony's annual performance at Bauman Auditorium on the campus of George Fox University.

The 35-year-old conductor, according to a press release, burst onto the musical scene in 2013 when he led a new production of Verdi's "Don Carlo" at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Russia. His performance earned him a Golden Mask Award, the Russian equivalent of a Tony Award.

"When I'm with an orchestra who are right there with me, loving the music, that's when you know that a life in music is a pretty amazing life," Trevino said in the release.

In Newberg, Trevino will conduct the Oregon Symphony in a concert of classical music. The performance is set for 8 p.m. Feb. 21. A limited number of free tickets will be available at the Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce, 2119 Portland Road, beginning on Friday.


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