Virtuoso violinist to perform and share a master class this weekend
by: Contributed photo Virtuoso violinist Joseph Gold will perform a concert Friday, March 9, at  Trinity Lutheran Church, 507 W. Powell Blvd., and give free master classes at Mt. Hood Community College on Saturday.

It's March Madness at Mt. Hood Community College. But it's not basketball bringing folks to campus -

it's music.

The college will host four musical events on campus and one off starting Friday, March 9, and ending Tuesday, March 13 (see 'On the Cheap' and 'Steppin' Out' this page).

Here's what's ahead:

Joseph Gold

The Mt. Hood student music club Collegium Musicum will host a concert by violinist Joseph Gold at 7 p.m. Friday, March 9, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 507 W. Powell Blvd.

Gold will provide an overview of the music, technique and lore of the violin from the Baroque era until the 21st century.

Gold will also offer free master classes at the college, 26000 S.E. Stark St., on Saturday, March 10. Interested violinists and violists should call Marshall Tuttle, Mt. Hood orchestra director, at 503-491-7010, for times and room numbers.

Gold grew up in Southern California, the son of Russian immigrants, and began his violin studies when he was 8. A graduate of the University of Southern California, he was coached by Jascha Heifetz and became an enthusiastic proponent of 19th-century violin music.

An author and lecturer on two virtuoso composer-performers, Paganini and Pablo de Sarasate, Gold has penned the book 'Paganini's Art of Violin Playing' as well as many transcriptions and original compositions. Gold's research into the life and work of de Sarasate led to the discovery of his unpublished manuscripts.

Tuttle says he's excited to have Gold come to Gresham.

'He is a specialist in high Romantic music and has mesmerized festival audiences before,' Tuttle says. 'He has an encyclopedic knowledge of the violin, its lore and the composers who wrote for it.'

Northwest Orchestra Festival

The 39th annual Northwest Orchestra Festival is a competition of 1,500 to 2,000 musicians from approximately 70 middle and high schools in Oregon and Washington, and will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, March 9, and from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 10, on campus.

Reynolds, Walt Morey and H.B. Lee middle schools will be among the groups competing Friday.

Mt. Hood Pops

The Mt. Hood Pops Orchestra will host its 'Pops Outdoors' Concert at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 11, on campus.

The East County musicians will perform Handel's 'Music for the Royal Fireworks,' John Phillips Sousa's 'Semper Fidelis March,' Mussorgsky's 'Night on the Bare Mountain,' Glenn Miller's 'Moonlight Serenade,' and Schubert's 'Unfinished Symphony.'

Conductor Ken Selden is an associate professor at Portland State University, where he directs the award-winning Symphony Orchestra and the New Music Ensemble. Selden has worked closely with composers Pierre Boulez, John Cage and Tan Dun, and has conducted recent world premieres of new music.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. For more information, visit or call 503-669-1937.

Soloists shine

Finally, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, the Mt. Hood Pops will once again conduct its Youth Soloist Competition for gifted East County and Clackamas County high school student soloists, on campus. Winners will be chosen in the piano, strings, voice or wind categories.

Applications must be received by March 10 and are available at or by calling the orchestra's phone number at 503-669-1937.

Individuals requiring accommodations due to a disability should call 503-491-6923 or 503-491-7670 (TDD).

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