Baker Community Orchestra performs spring show


Screen Shot 2017-04-11 at 11.58.33 AMBAKER CITY — The Baker Community Orchestra’s spring concert will be at 7 p.m. April 14, at South Baker Intermediate School, 1285 Third St., Baker City. Admission is free, and all are welcome.
The orchestra, under the direction of Kelly Brickman, will perform a mix of classic, modern, folk and movie themes. The program includes pieces by orchestra favorites Beethoven, Bartok and Tchaikovsky, along with pieces by modern composers Jay Bocook and Earl Fox that have a country flair.
Arrangements include Bernstein’s “West Side Story” and the all-time favorite by Henry Mancini, “The Pink Panther,” “Arabian Dances” by Roland Barrett and “Finlandia” by Jean Sibelius.
The Baker Community Orchestra formed about six years ago, and is made up of volunteer
community members.
The primary mission of the Orchestra is to provide community members an opportunity to make and enjoy instrumental music. The orchestra is open to any community member who can play a band or orchestra instrument, read music and play, or learn to play, at a high school level.
“We always want to grow,” said Brian Watt, who plays French horn.
The orchestra rehearses every Thursday night at Baker High School. They meet through the year, with occasional breaks, and have concerts in December, April and some during the summer. Average membership is 20 to 25.
There is no audition requirement — just come and play. If you have never played an instrument, would like to learn or re-learn, call the orchestra and for help with that, as well. The orchestra has some instruments for loan to get a person started.
For more information, call Watt at 541-523-4662.


The spring concert is one of several music events happening in Northeast Oregon this week. We want to know how you enjoy your music.

Take a photo of yourself listening to music — either at a live musical performance, playing your own instrument or simply listening at home. Just make it clear you’re listening to music. Send the image through Facebook Messenger to Go Northeast Oregon by 11:59 p.m. April 16 to stay in the running for a pair of tickets. Don’t forget, you need a copy of Go! magazine, The Observer or Baker City Herald from this week (April 10-14) in the photo as a timestamp. Click here for complete contest details.

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