Portland plays host to numerous colourful events, where music buffs get the chance to enjoy a variety of musical performances. Astoria Music Festival is one such event. Into its 13th year, this
festival is scheduled to be held from 13th to 28th June, 2015. This notable summer event is among the biggest music celebrations in Oregon and features numerous highlights and surprises for music aficionados. Let’s check out a few of them.
Gala Opening – All Beethoven
On 13th June, Liberty Theatre will host this gala event where the melodies of Beethoven, played by violinist and concert master of Los Angeles Philharmonic, Martin Chalifour, are sure to captivate your senses. This beguiling performance will be followed by a symphony.
Chamber Music Workshop
This 5-day workshop will begin on 24th June and allow you to participate in intensive coaching offered by the globally famous musicians, Cary Lewis and ENSO Quartet. The participants will also get to rehearse for ‘the Concert for Family and Friends’ as well as the Closing Ceremony. The tuition fee of the workshop includes admission to the festival events and entry to the chamber music concert where the workshop coaches perform.
Collaborative Keyboard Apprentice Program
This apprentice program is once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for keyboard players to assist the chamber music preparation and performances by notable artists. Besides, they will get to help the participants of the Vocal Apprentice Program in rehearsals. Musicians selected for this apprentice programme are entitled to full scholarship on tuition fee.
Grand Finale – Donizetti’s MARIA STUARDA (Mary, Queen of Scots)
Scheduled for 28th June at Liberty Theatre, this concert portrays a fascinating political story, which features famous characters such as Queen Elizabeth I, Duke of Leicester, Earl of Shrewsbury and Lord Cecil to name a few. The music is played by Astoria Festival Orchestra, Festival Chorus and Apprentice Vocal Artists.