Concert introduces new variety to GRSO


Screen Shot 2017-05-25 at 9.27.28 AMLA GRANDE — The upcoming “Showstoppers” concert, presented by the Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra, will be a “major departure” from the group’s typical performances.

That’s according to Grande Ronde Symphony Association President Patty Sandoz, who noted that the May 31 show will include composers from a range of genres, including classical, Latin rock and movie soundtracks. Mozart, Puccini, Saint-Saens, Santana, Shore, Anderson and Lopez are among the names the audience may recognize.

The concert will also feature the winners of the concerto-aria competition. The GRSA announced the competition earlier this year and opened it up to performers from Eastern Oregon.

The winner of the regional category, Shahayla Ononaiye, will sing a selection from Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro.” The soprano will also sing a selection from Puccini’s “La Bohème.”

Sidney Tovey, who placed first in the student category, will play “Concerto No. 3” for violin and orchestra. Tovey is a Hermiston High School junior.

The winner of the open category, Lauren Guthridge, will play “Concertino” for English horn by G. Donizetti.

“In between each of these featured performances the orchestra will play a rousing, rip roaring selection of Latin rock and movie themes. Get ready to put your hands together and stomp your feet,” Sandoz said in the press release for the event.

“Showstoppers” will begin at 7:30 p.m., following the traditional FANFARE gathering at Ten Depot.

While at the pre-concert event, participants can enjoy a no-host bar and light hors d’oeuvres while director Zeke Fetrow discusses the concert’s musical selections. FANFARE will be from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., providing enough time for audience members to get to the Eastern Oregon University campus before the show starts.

The concert will be held in McKenzie Theater in Loso Hall.

Tickets cost $12 for adults, $8 for seniors, $2 for college students and $1 for students in eighth through 12th grade. Students in seventh grade or younger receive free admission.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at Direct Music Source, 1010 Adams Ave., La Grande, or at Betty’s Books, 1813 Main St., Baker City. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.

Information about the spring concert is also on GRSA’s website, Questions can be directed to

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