University of Oregon Music Professors and Grad Student Quartet Perform in Free Concert this Saturday at First Presbyterian
University of Oregon Music Professors Hal Grossman and Fritz Gearhart, along with their graduate student Jacquot String Quartet, will be in a classical music performance Saturday at 7:00 PM at First Presbyterian Church in the second of three free Winter Concerts sponsored by the Oregon Coast Youth Symphony Festival. Special guest performers will be the Sprague High School String Quartet of Salem.
The University of Oregon music department professors, violinists Grossman and Gearhart, will perform Sonata in E minor for 2 violins, Op. 3 #5 by Jean-Marie Leclair. Professor Fritz Gearhart has performed for audiences from coast to coast. He has appeared in major halls around the country including the Kennedy Center. Professor Hal Grossman has been enthusiastically acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for his “vibrant tone” and “superb technique”. Both Gearhart and Grossman are on the faculty of the University of Oregon’s School of Music as well as the annual Redfish Chamber Music Festival held in Port Orford in late July.
The Jacquot String Quartet will perform Beethoven’s String Quartet in E flat major, Op. 74. The Quartet is made up of University of Oregon graduate music students Nathan Lowman, Caleb Haymes, Adam Fishburn and Titus Young.
Opening the program on Saturday will be the Sprague High School String Quartet under the direction of Lisa Hanson Rael. These talented teenagers from Salem will perform the String Quartet No 2 in D Major by Borodin. Violinists are Thomas Dart and Leo McClean with Ainsley Martin on Viola and Amanda Hayes on Cello. The Sprague High School Orchestra has been among the top 5 best orchestras in the State of Oregon and includes programs in Chamber music as well as full orchestra. These special winter concerts provide an opportunity for small ensembles of talented high school students to perform in front of a live audience outside their home town. The final Winter Series Concert will be held on Saturday, March 7 featuring Hammers and Bows with Casey Bozell, violin; John Hubbard, cello; and Chris Engbretson, piano. The Reynolds High School Quartet from Troutdale will open the program.
Admission to this concert, which begins at 7:00 pm, is free with donations accepted at the door. First Presbyterian Church is located at 227 NE 12th Street. Donations will support of the Oregon Coast Youth Symphony Festival. The concert is made possible in part by grants from the Three Rivers Foundation, the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund, the Oregon Cultural Trust, investing in Oregon’s arts, humanities and heritage and the Lincoln County Cultural Coalition.