Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra Presents Showstoppers: Songs and Stars that are Turning Heads!

GRSA Poster for concert promotionWhat do Mozart, Puccini, Saint-Saens, Santana, Williams, Donizetti, Shore, Anderson, and Lopez have in common? They are the composers of the Showstoppers concert the Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra will perform on Wednesday, May 31, 7:30 pm, in McKenzie Theater on the EOU campus in La Grande.

This concert will be a major departure for the GRSO in that the composers not only range from classical to movies to Latin rock but half the composers are alive today!

This concert will also feature the winners of the concerto-aria competition. Lauren Guthridge is the first place winner in the Open category. She will play Concertino for English horn by G. Donizetti. Lauren Basney photo

Shahayla Ononaiye, soprano, is the first place winner in the Regional category. Shahayla will sing a selection from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro and a selection from Puccini’s La Bohème.

Sidney Tovey, a junior from Hermiston High School, is the winner in the Student category. She will play Concerto No. 3 for Violin and Orchestra.

In between each of these featured performances the orchestra will play a rousing, rip roaring selection of Latin rock and movie themes. Get ready to put your hands together and stomp your feet!

Shahayla Ononaiye photo
Continuing with our new tradition, begun last year, is the FANFARE! FANFARE is a pre-concert event held at Ten Depot Street Restaurant, Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 5:30 pm. Attendees will have an opportunity to hear from Zeke Fetrow about the musical offerings of the evening’s concert program while enjoying a no-host bar and light hors d’oeuvres. Zeke’s presentation will be 5:30-6:00 pm. This will give everyone time to head to the concert hall to claim a good seat! Sidney Tovey photo

Tickets cost $12 at the door for adults or $8 for seniors. College students get in for $2 and students 8th-12th grade get in for $1. Under 8th grade get in free. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Direct Music Source at 1010 Adams in La Grande or at Betty’s Books at 1813 Main Street in Baker City or on our website. Tickets can also be purchased at the door at McKenzie Theater. Inquiries can be made via email at

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