Coastal orchestra plans to open season Sunday.
The debut concert series for the new Oregon Coast Chamber Orchestra will include performances in Coos Bay, Florence and Yachats, with the initial concert to be Sunday in Coos Bay.
Made up of 35 musicians, most from the central coast, the orchestra organized in September from a nucleus of people who provided the music last June for a high school production at Florence and decided there was potential to do something more, Robin DeVour of Florence, the group's leader, said.
Members range from three 17-year-olds - two on oboe and one violinist - to an 80-year-old French horn player, DeVour said. Among the members, he said, are several music educators, former symphony members and even a former Army band director. "They're having a wonderful time and are very excited and enthusiastic," said DeVour, a psychologist and piano player who performs with jazz groups in the Florence area.
DeVour said most of the musicians in the new orchestra play with other groups, but the orchestra gives them a new outlet for their music. It has 17 string players, seven on woodwinds, five brass, five percussionists and two pianists.
Florence resident Judy Wales will be featured in the first concert series performing a Franz Joseph Haydn harpsichord concerto on a digital keyboard.
The Sunday performance will be at 2 p.m. at the Southwestern Oregon Community College Performing Arts Center and is sponsored by the Oregon Coast Music Association.
Tickets cost $10 for adults, $8 for association members and $5 for students. They will be available at the door but also can be bought in advance at the college bookstore and the AYA Copy Center, 2293 Broadway in North Bend.
The Florence performance will be Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Florence Events Center. Tickets cost $8 and can be purchased in advance at the events center office and several local businesses. Proceeds will benefit Florence's Habitat for Humanity program.
The Yachats performance will be Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. at the Yachats Commons and will benefit the Yachats Youth and Family Activities Program. Tickets are $10 for families, $7 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and students. They can be purchased at the door or in advance at Raindogs, Robin and What's His Name, or at Toad Hall.
DeVour said the orchestra plans another three-concert series in April and three series of performances next year.