Symphony tells Stories through Music

The Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra’s annual children’s concert has “sold out,” filling the nearly 450 seats in the McKenzie Theatre with children from La Grande, Baker, Joseph schools at no charge. There is still, however, time to get admittance into the full-length evening performance on March 2. Both GRSO concerts, led by music director Zeke Fetrow, will follow the theme […]

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Always a good time for ragtime

Keith Taylor hovers his hands over the piano and the audience chatter fades in anticipation. Suddenly his fingers blur as they dance across the black and white keys, filling the room with the fast-paced sound of ragtime music. Smiles spread across the faces of his audience, and a few quietly keep time with tapping toes or fingers. And he is […]

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Sons of Guns holds out for the very best

The latest album from Sons of Guns, a rock band out of Seattle, features a heartfelt “Stolen Presents”. The singers belt out: Hold out, hold out, hold out! Hold out for top shelf, shift down! According to co-frontman Mike Surber, the song is about holding out for the very best, and not settling for anything less. The track resonates as […]

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Musical family comes together for concert

The Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra, a long-running orchestra based in La Grande, will present a Chamber Series concert to generate support. “From the symphony standpoint, participation is healthy,” performer Dr. Wes Rampton said. “We have people who want to be in it and a great director, but fiscally we need some help.” Rampton, a dentist, also performs as a vocalist with […]

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Learn to dance at Art Center East

LA GRANDE —The Art Center East holds four different dance classes for anyone who wants to explore the creative, fun pastime of dancing. Olivia Westenskow of Liv Fit LLC teaches exercise dance, including Zumba Gold class on Mondays and Wednesdays at 4:25 p.m. and the higher impact Zumba class on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:45 p.m. Zumba originated in Columbia, […]

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Wallowa County celebrates Christmas

Wallowa County is gearing up for the holiday season with plenty of events to get residents in the mood for Christmas. The events start off on Thursday with the Wallowa Valley Chorus with a Christmas Concert at the OK Theatre at 7 p.m. Thursday. Directed by Randy Morgan, a retired music instructor from the Enterprise schools, the 25-member group will […]

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Holiday Music Festival set for weekend

LA GRANDE — The 24th annual Holiday Music Festival is coming up, and organizers promise the same traditional holiday kick-off like in year’s past. Peter Wordelman, one of the organizers of the event, said the festival is a gala event with the number of groups that perform. The groups to perform are: Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra, The Community Symphonic Band, […]

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