Philharmonic and string chamber ensembles perform

by: COURTESY PHOTOS: HIROSHI IWAYA - Sophomore Ashley Crittenden, senior Callie Harland and Junior Nick Greenwood play clarinet (above, left to right), while sophomore Jackie Graddon plays bassoon with the Pacific Philharmonic. At right, sophomore violinist Alex Heine performs with the symphony.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. I’m 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 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.”

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” and Saint-Saëns’ “Danse Bacchanale.” Strings chamber ensembles will perform works by Edvard Grieg, Joseph Hadyn, Ludwig van Beethoven and Benjamin COURTESY PHOTOS: HIROSHI IWAYA - Sophomore violinist Alex Heine performs with the symphony.

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 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 university’s 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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