Rockin the symphony at Pacific University
Philharmonic and string chamber ensembles perform
They will be Rockin the Symphony Friday, Nov. 22 at Pacific University, when Dr. Bryce Seliger conducts the Pacific Philharmonic and Strings Chamber Ensembles. The music Seliger chose for the free concert includes pop hits by Katy Perry and Bruno Mars.
Whether the audience is aware of it or not, they are a part of the energy of the program. Im really trying to make it an enjoyable, fun, exciting experience, Seliger said.
The concert features student soloists mezzo-soprano Samantha Trulock, violinist Anastayisa Gavrilovich and soprano Ashley Stig performing Firework from Katy Perrys album Teenage Dream. Student soloists tenor Eric Asakawa, violinist Alexandrea Yoong and mezzo-sopranos Rebecca McDonell and Tiara Herr will perform Bruno Mars Grenade.
Not limited to pop, the program includes music from different nationalities, periods in history and styles. Its really fun for both the players and the audience, Seliger said. The orchestra will perform Rimsky-Korsakovs Capriccio Espangol, Albinonis Adagio for Strings & Organ and Saint-SaÃƒ«ns Danse Bacchanale. Strings chamber ensembles will perform works by Edvard Grieg, Joseph Hadyn, Ludwig van Beethoven and Benjamin Britten.
Professional cellist Noah Seitz, who teaches cello and chamber music at the university, will perform Saint-SaÃƒ«ns Cello Concerto No. 1.
Made up mostly of music students, the 75 member orchestra also includes 15 musicians from surrounding communities. Seliger lives in Hillsboro and others come from Portland, Forest Grove, Yamill and as far away as Salem. New members are welcome, she said, and may call her office at 503-352-2298 to learn how to join. Besides serving as the universitys Director of Orchestral Activities, Seliger teaches orchestra and music history.
The free concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center on the Forest Grove campus, 2043 College Way.
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