Oregon Symphony performs classical concert at Willamette University

The Oregon Symphony, conducted by Gregory Vajda, will perform a classical concert Tuesday, May 24, at 8 p.m. in Smith Auditorium at Willamette University.

The concert, the last of the 2010–11 season, is designed to highlight the talent of the symphony’s own musicians, including Joël Belgique, viola; David Buck, flute; JáTtik Clark, tuba; Nancy Ives, cello; Jun Iwasaki, violin; and Yoshinori Nakae, clarinet.

The program repertoire will include works by Dukas, Hindemith, Saint-Saëns, Tchaikovsky, Tyzik, Ravel and Bartok.

Since 1955 the Oregon Symphony, based in Portland, has partnered with Willamette to bring the symphony’s classical concerts to the Salem community. Pops concerts were added to the series in 1975.

Today the Oregon Symphony in Salem presents a season of nine to ten concerts annually on the Willamette campus.

For more about the concert, including ticket information, visit the Oregon Symphony website.


At the beginning of the concert, the Oregon Symphony Association in Salem will recognize Willamette alumna Carol Stenson '88 as 2011 Music Educator of the Year. Stenson, who is director of choirs at South Salem High School, will receive a commemorative award and a $1,000 check to augment her school's music programs.