Classical music festival returns to central Oregon coast in September



Classical music festival returns to central Oregon coast in September

Posted 7/24/21 3:45 AM PST
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection Staff

(Lincoln City, Oregon) – Starting in the late ’80s, it became a staple on the Oregon Coast for classic lovers. With the exception of last year during the pandemic, the Siletz Bay Music Festival has been a live music staple every year, although it has managed to go strictly digital in 2020. This year, however, it is to back and it has spread its wings from Lincoln. Town to Newport, with nine days with 12 performances and dozens of jazz and classical virtuosos.

The Siletz Bay Music Festival takes place September 4-12 in Lincoln City and Newport.

The festival began with salon-style performances at the home of festival director and founder Seriu Luca, who lived part-time in the area at the time, first called the Cascade Head Music Festival. Amidst this majestic setting and dramatic backdrop, the festival has grown over the decades to occupy various venues and then evolved into the Siletz Bay Music Festival.

Now this year’s roster includes 12 concerts over nine days, including performances of classical chamber, jazz and orchestral music, a bit of Broadway, the popular “Musical Tapas” taste and tunes event, as well as a benefit gala dinner and a concert. Artistic Director Yaacov (Yaki) Bergman will be joined by some of the festival’s favorite musicians, including Mei-ting Sun on piano and acclaimed clarinetist Ken Peplowski, as well as exciting new talent in Siletz-Bay including Anthea Kreston and Jason Duckles from Oregon, as well as the jazz singer. Karla Harris of Atlanta.

Sun Mei-ting

Festival venues include a site that will host a festival event for the first time: two orchestral concerts will take place at B’Nai Brith Camp (BB Camp) on Devil Lake in Lincoln City. Despite this season’s shortened Covid schedule, the festival will again offer three free concerts, one at the Lincoln City Congregational Church and two at the Lincoln City Cultural Center which will also host chamber and jazz concerts, tapas. concerts and fundraising dinners.

Free concerts will include the traditional Tuesday night chamber performance at the Congregational Church on 9/7, and a concert for children and their families on Thursday afternoon 9/9. Sunday morning, 9/5, Bagels with Beethoven will feature a performance and musical conversation hosted by Joan Behrens Bergman – and bagels.

A limited number of tickets are now on sale for the 2021 Siletz Bay Music Festival, keeping it smaller due to remaining COVID concerns. Ticket prices vary: room and jazz tickets, $ 25; orchestra, $ 40; Musical tapas, $ 55 (with tapas provided by Side Door Café); and $ 125 for the fundraising dinner (also served by Side Door Café).

A recent addition is the September 9 concert in Newport, featuring soprano Stella Markou and pianist / composer Martin Kennedy.

It takes place at 7:30 p.m. at the Doerfler Family Theater located in the Pacific Maritime Heritage Museum, with beautiful Yaquina Bay and the Newport Bridge as a backdrop. This is only the second time that the Siletz Bay Music Festival has extended its reach as far south as Newport and it is the first time that Markou and Kennedy have performed for the Siletz Bay Music Festival.

“For a long time, I wanted to connect the people of Newport with the Siletz Bay Music Festival,” director Bergman said. “We did it in 2019 with a recital by renowned pianist, Gerald Robbins. We are delighted to continue the tradition because our two communities have so much to offer each other when it comes to music and art. Artists Stella Markou and Martin Kennedy can’t wait to perform in this beautiful space. “

The organizers of the Siletz Bay Music Festival say they are happy to offer incentives to encourage people to buy tickets early and often.

Choose three: Buy tickets for three concerts with the exception of the Friday night tapas and fundraising dinner and get 5% off the total ticket price.

Pick Six: Buy tickets for six concerts with the exception of the Friday night fundraising dinner and get 10% off the total ticket price.

Grand Slam: Buy tickets for eight performances and get 10% off the total ticket price (except for the Friday night fundraising dinner), PLUS priority seat at each concert.

Grand Slam ticket holders will be admitted to the site 15 minutes prior to the standard admission time to choose their preferred seats.

To celebrate the new BB Camp location on Sunday, September 12, members of the public will have the chance to purchase a picnic in the BB Camp kitchen to enjoy on the lawn before the concert. Bring a blanket or sit on the benches and enjoy the view of the lake. The cost of the picnic is $ 15.

The Festival program is now posted on the website, but the organizers point out that the schedule is subject to change or adjustment based on many factors. To view the schedule and buy tickets, go to Or call 541-264-5828.

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