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Rockin' the symphony at Pacific University

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 an integral part of the energy of the program,” Seliger said. “I’m really trying to make it an enjoyable, fun, exciting experience.”

The concert features student soloists mezzo-soprano Samantha Trulock, violinist Anastayisa Gavrilovich, and soprano Ashley Stig performing “Firework” from Katy Perry’s album, “Teenage Dream.” Student soloists tenor Eric Asakawa, violinist Alexandrea Yoong, and mezzo-sopranos Rebecca McDonell and Tiara Herr will perform Bruno Mars’ “Grenade.”by: PHOTOS BY HIROSHI IWAYA - Sophomore violinist Alex Heine performs with the symphony.

Not limited to pop, the program includes music from different nationalities, periods in history and styles.

“It’s really fun for both the players and the audience,” Seliger said. The orchestra will perform Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Capriccio Espangol,” Albinoni’s “Adagio for Strings & Organ,” & Saint-Saëns’ “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-Saëns’ “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, while others come from Portland, Forest Grove, Yamill and as far away as Salem.

Community members interested in playing with them may contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-352-2298. As well as serving as the university’s director of orchestral activities, Seliger teaches orchestra and music history.

Showtime is 7:30 p.m. in the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center, on the Forest Grove campus, 2043 College Way.




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