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Grande Ronde Symphony Chamber Concert features unusual instruments

Published on April 4, 2017 3:26PM


Every week a group of grownups gather at Looking Glass Books in La Grande and bring out their recorders. No, not tape recorders – we’re talking those musical instruments you first learned tunes on in grade school.

These recorders, however, are much better than the plastic ones you played at school. The ensemble of Denise Hattan, Dave Felley, Beth Gilmore, Cynthia Seaney and Nancy Ames play four different types of recorders: bass, alto tenor and soprano.

Their group is called Prevailing Winds Ensemble and they’ll be performing at the Grande Ronde Symphony Association’s Chamber Concert April 15.

Also performing will be Saxiphobia Northeast. That group is made up of Elburn Cooper on soprano sax; Donna Evans on tenor sax; Keith Van Vickle on alto sax; and Russ Hunt on baritone sax.

The saxophone group will play music from the rare saxophone music library of Elburn Cooper and will feature composers from Bach to Berlin to Gershwin to lesser-knowns from more modern times.

Doors open for the event at 6:45 p.m. with music starting at 7:30 p.m. at 86 Hawthorne Drive in La Grande. The performance is titled “An Evening with Sax and Winds.” Refreshments, wine, and punch will be available after the performance.

Season chamber concert pass holders get in by flashing their passes. Others will pay $25 at the door. For more information visit granderondesymphony.org or contact Patty Sandoz at grsymphony2@gmail.com or (541) 963-7595.



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