70th season of GRSO comes to an end

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Screen Shot 2018-05-23 at 4.11.28 PMLA GRANDE — The Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra will celebrate the conclusion of its 70th season with the annual Concerto-Aria Concert at 7 p.m. May 30.

The concert, which will be held in McKenzie Theater on the campus of Eastern Oregon University, also acts as a farewell to conductor Zeke Fetrow after three successful years.

A press release from the Grande Ronde Symphony
Association bids goodbye to the “beloved” director, who has been accepted into the Doctor of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting at Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, in Rochester, New York.

The press release congratulates Fetrow on the prestigious opportunity and notes that Fetrow has been instrumental in guiding the GRSO forward.

“We hope to have him back as a guest conductor when he will be known as Zeke Fetrow, DMA,” the release reads. “We wish Zeke the very, very best in this new endeavor.”

The final concert under Fetrow’s direction will feature the winners of the concerto-aria competition held earlier this year.

The student winner of the concerto-aria competitions is Hannah Schafer, a sophomore in high school from College Place, Washington. She will perform the first movement of Violin Concerto in E Minor by Mendelssohn.

The regional winner, Matthew Moran, will perform Piano Concerto No. 2 by Shostakovich.
Matthew is a senior at Walla Walla University as a pre-med major.

He has already been accepted into medical school.

The concert will conclude with the winner of the open competition, pianist Anson Ka-Lik Sin, a graduate student at Southern Oregon University. Anson will perform Concerto No. 1 in B Minor by Tchaikovsky.

In between performances by the competition winners, GRSO will play some well-known pieces of music that many in the audience will readily recognize. The pieces include The Great Gate of Kiev by Mussorgsky, West Side Story Selections by Bernstein, and An American in Paris Suite by Gershwin.

The cost is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors, $2 for college students or $1 for students in grades 8-12. Children younger than 8th grade have free admittance.

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. They can also be purchased online at www.granderondesymphony.org or at the door at McKenzie Theater.

Information about the spring concert is available online. Inquiries can be made via email at grsymphony2@gmail.com or at the new phone number, 541-805-7754.

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