OES concert doubles as music director audition

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PENDLETON -- The Oregon East Symphony presents its third symphonic concert of the season with "Time for a Trio" at 3:15 p.m. Sunday in the Vert Auditorium, Southwest Fourth and Dorian streets.

The concert features the Columbia Trio and Beethoven's "Triple Concerto" for piano, cello and violin, "Letter from Home" by Aaron Copland and Anton Dvorak's lively "Czech Suite." Music director candidate Dr. Suzanne Gindin, of Los Angeles, will conduct the orchestra.

Gindin served for four years as music director of the Manchester Symphony Orchestra in North Manchester, Ind. Gindin currently teaches band, orchestra, and piano at Roosevelt High School in the Los Angeles Unified School District. She is also working directly with the Los Angeles Philharmonic education staff, under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel, to build youth orchestras in under-privileged areas throughout the city in the spirit of El Sisteme of Venezuela.

The Oregon East Symphony invites all patrons to participate in the music director selection process by attending the concert and completing a survey about their experience.

The Columbia Trio was founded in 1998. Dr. Mathew Cooper (piano) is an associate professor of music and director of the jazz ensemble at Eastern Oregon University. Dr. Lisa Robertson (violin), is artist-in-residence at EOU who teaches violin and viola and coaches chamber music. She is also the Interim Music Director and Concertmaster for the Oregon East Symphony. Dr. Edward Dixon (conductor/cellist) is a professor at Whitman College in Walla Walla and the conductor of the Whitman College Symphony.

The Columbia Trio has performed in chamber music series around the Northwest in addition to regular performances at their respective schools.

Tickets for this performance are $16/$20 for adults, $13/$17 for seniors and $3/$8 for students. Children under 12 are free. Tickets can be purchased at the OES Office, 345 SW 4th St., Armchair Books, 39 S.W. Dorian Ave., by calling (541) 276-0320 or via the e-mail link at www.oregoneastsymphony.org, or at the door.

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