Upcoming Music Events

Central Oregon Symphony under the direction of Michael Gesme
October 20-22: Bend High School
Saturday & Monday, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, 2:00 p.m. FREE but tickets required.
Brahms, Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Opus 15, with guest artist Dan Franklin Smith; Sibelius, Symphony No. 3 in C Major, Opus 52. Information: 541-317-3941

Cascade Winds Symphonic Band under the direction of Michael Gesme
Sunday, November 4, 2:00 p.m., Summit High School Auditorium. FREE, no tickets required
Oregon: Haan; Thunder & Lightning: Strauss; Elegy: Chance; The Mad Major: Alford; Alvamar Overture: Barnes; Danza Final: Ginastera; Russlan & Ludmilla: Glinka; Armenian Dances: Reed
Information: 541-383-7516

Cascade Horizon Band under the direction of Sue Steiger
Winter Concert: Monday, November 12, 2:00 p.m., Mountain View High School. FREE, no tickets required
Christmas Concert: Tuesday, December 11, 11:30 a.m., Bend Senior Center, 1600 SE Reed Market
FREE, no tickets required
Information: www.cascadehorizonband.org

Ring Noel!! Central Oregon Mastersingers & The Bells of Sunriver
Saturday, December 8, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, December 9, 2:00 p.m., Tower Theatre
Celebrate the magic of Christmas as the 40-voice choir with harp, directed by Clyde Thompson, performs chorale works for the season including Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols.” An ensemble from the Bells of Sunriver will present a variety of holiday music such as Infant Holy, What Child is This?, Joyful, Joyful and an upbeat “Jazzy Jingle Bells.” Tickets $16: contact the Tower Theatre 541-317-0700 or visit the Tower website.

Cascade Chorale: 8th Annual Holiday Magic [a benefit concert for Abilitree]
Under the direction of James Knox
Friday, December 14, 7:00 p.m., Sunday, December 16, 4:00 p.m.
Summit High School Auditorium; Ticket cost TBA; information 541-385-7512

Bells & Bellows Christmas Concert
Organist Extraordinaire Mark Oglesby & The Bells of Sunriver in Concert
Friday, December 14, 7:00 p.m., St. Francis Catholic Church, 27th Street, Bend
Saturday, December 15, 7:00 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, Redmond
Information: 541-593-1635

Opera back in Bend?!!
Be on the lookout for an announcement about the return of an opera company to Bend. Pencil in the afternoon of December 30 for an unveiling event. More details to follow!! Information: 541-593-1635

Thanks for a Great Season!

To all Cascade Winds Musicians: Thanks to all of you for pulling together, and pulling off, good spring concerts.

Specifically, of course, a huge THANK YOU to Sue for hanging in there through all the absences and missing parts and rough spots and bringing us up to a level at times we didn’t think we would be able to achieve.

Many thanks to Lorene Judd for “orchestrating” the wonderful intermissions refreshments. And Thank You also to Helen Loeffler, our “official” meeter, greeter and program distributor. And to Dan Judd for being our liaison and facilitator at Summit High. It’s SO great to have someone in the band connected to the performance venue. And many, many thanks to the entire percussion section for all the lugging back and forth and set up and tear-down. They have a bit more to deal with than the rest of us as we leave with our clarinet in its case!

I am assuming I got everyone’s music back last night. If that isn’t the case, PLEASE let me know ASAP.

Our audiences were appreciative, although small. If any of you are interested in helping develop a marketing plan, figuring out methods of promotion, soliciting more donations, getting the Bulletin to actually write a story about us sometime, etc., please be in touch. Or if you know someone with this kind of expertise that isn’t in the band, we would sure like to talk with them.

Some of you have been asking about Summer Band. For various reasons, there will be no COCC sponsored summer band this year. We do hope, of course, to see you all in the fall: first rehearsal is Thursday, September 25.

Regarding director selection, Michael will be checking with the candidates to determine if they are still interested in the position. Then all band members who played under ALL of the candidates will receive one more overall evaluation via e-mail. Michael will then make the selection.

Thanks again. It was a good year in so many ways. If you see Dave Sime, Dan Judd and/or Sue Mudge be sure to say THANK YOU once again.

See many of you in the fall.