Bottom Row: Roxanna Swann, Melissa Shelman, Elizabeth Herrmann, Lisa Robertson (violins); Leandro Espinosa (Conductor); Lorna Spain, Don Jensen (violins); Tom Herrmann (cello), C.W. Dunbar (percussion), Trisha Harshberger (horn)

Second Row: Grace Donovan, Ruth Laurance, Elizabeth Powers, Kathy Thimmes, Brandi Brown (violins); Denise Hattan (viola); Emma Survis (oboe), Hayley Rankin (bassoon), Laura Ricketts (trombone), Steve Tanner (horn)

Third Row: Sarah Berglund (viola); Aki Ubagai, Louise Mallot (flutes); Rebekah Gawf, Lorissa Shelman (cellos); Leah VanLaarhoven(flute); Fanny Fitzgerald, Joe Moore (clarinets); Ed Carwithen, Jordan VanLaarhoven (horns); Jacob Jensen (double bass)

Top Row: Peter Gregersen (trumpet), Julie Pettit (violin), Swannee Herrmann (cello), Paddy McCarthy (trumpet), Heather Tyreman (oboe), Tyler Dixon (trombone), CarrieAnn Eyre (cello), Hank Hudson (trombone), Richard Chung (trumpet), Merv Cutright (tuba), Trent Shuey (percussion); Cheryl Hudson, Matt Bell (double basses)

Not pictured: Samuel Dickerson (double bass), Jill Jespersen (bassoon), Chris Leavitt (percussion), MaeLee Morris (violin), Sarah Witte (viola)



Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra November Concerts

Leandro Espinosa, Music Director

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 7:30 pm EOU McKenzie Theater,  La Grande

Sunday, November 23, 2014, 3:00 pm Baker City High School Theater


Reverberations                                                                                             Brian Balmages                                                                                                                                                         1975 –

Baker High School Band, Jeff Sizer, cond.

Flute Concerto No. 2 in D Major, K.314                                                      W. A. Mozart

Allegro aperto                                                                                                1756 – 1791

Andante ma non troppo


Rebekah Rushton, flute

The Symphonic Gershwin (Arr. By Warren Barker)                                George Gershwin                                                                                                                                                           1898 – 1937

Danny Boy (Arr. By Jeff Sizer)                                                                     Traditional Irish                                                                                                                                                           (Londonderry Air)

Jeff Sizer, trombone


Symphony No.2                                                                                            John Rinehart                                                                                                                                                            1963 -

I   Procession/Dance

II  Scherzo

III  Idyll

IV  Sojourn

Our concert will feature Baker City and the Baker City musicians as a local treasure!
Our guests this time are the Baker City High School Band with Jeff Sizer who is the Teacher/conductor and several other notable Baker performers that are part of our GRSO!

The concert will open with a short and very brilliant work for band by Brian Balmages, who is a young composer quite recognized for band music.

After that we will continue with the Mozart Concerto for Flute in D Major K.314, which is one of the most famous and difficult.  We have a young virtuoso from Baker City with us: Rebekah Rushton, and nobody should miss it!  Our community continues delivering very high standard players; we are proud of them and we should support them!

For the next work the Grande Ronde Symphony and the Baker Band will join forces making a huge instrumental ensemble to perform a symphonic and band arrangement of Gershwin classics, including sections of Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris and the Cuban Overture.  Warren Barker is  famous arranger for bands yet it was our own colleague Jeff Sizer who wrote the string parts to make possible this extraordinary adaptation.

Then the first half will end with an arrangement by Jeff Sizer of a traditional Irish song (the Londonderry Air), better known by the text “Danny Boy” with maestro Sizer soloing in the trombone.

After the intermission we will do the world premiere of an extraordinary work by one of our own Eastern Oregon University composes.  Dr. John Rinehart Second Symphony.
This is a monumental work based on British and American traditions, full of hemiolas, which is a musical characteristic originating in the clash between the Spanish and Aztec cultures in the 16th century and bouncing back to Europe henceforth.  Mtro. Rinehart tells us about his work the following:

Rinehart’s Symphony Number 2 was composed in 2001-2002. The version performed here is a slightly revised version from 2014. The symphony draws its inspiration and compositional form from the pastoral and folk-music revival of the early 20th Century in England as advanced by Gustav Holst, Percy Grainger, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and others. The music therefore is often modal and strongly diatonic, reflecting the simple style of the material it seeks to emulate.

The work is very strong and very beautiful!  Please do not miss it as this will be a unique event!

Ticket prices are $10 Adult, $8 Senior, $2 EOU students, $1 High School students, K- 7 is no charge. Tickets are on sale at the door as well as Direct Music Source, EOU Bookstore, in La Grande, Betty’s Books in Baker City.



Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra

announces a free Children’s Concert

1-2 PM, Wednesday, March 11, 2015

At Mckenzie Theater in Loso Hall

EOU campus, La Grande, OR

Target audience is 4th through 8th graders, but preschools through highschool have enjoyed our past 2 concerts. More information will be provided later. Questions – Call Cheryl at 541-786-2830

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