Symphony opens with 'Let 'er Pluck Rodeo'

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PENDLETON -- "Let 'er Pluck Rodeo" opens the Oregon East Symphony season at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Vert Auditorium, 480 S.W. Dorion St. Post Round-Up, the opening concert of the symphony's 26th season will bring toe-tapping music that appeals to the cowboy in everyone. The evening's program is inspired by the Western spirit and what it brings to the Pendleton community's identity.

It is the creation of Anthony Spain, new OES music director and conductor, who also conducts the Northwest Symphony Orchestra in Seattle. Spain hopes to attract patrons to the symphony by programming a relevant, stimulating repertoire, featuring home-grown talent and encouraging collaborative concerts with other regional orchestras and choral groups.

Opening the concert is the "Roman Carnival Overture" by Hector Berlioz, followed by the "Polovtsian Dances" from the opera "Prince Igor" by Alexander Borodin and continues the theme of dance with Franz Suppe's "Light Cavalry Overture." American rodeo takes center stage in act two. Fans of Aaron Copland will enjoy the four dance episodes of "Rodeo."

Tickets are $16 and $20 for adults, $13 and $17 for seniors and $3 and $8 for students. Children under 12 are free. Tickets can be purchased in Pendleton at the OES Office, 345 S.W. Fourth St., by calling 541-276-0320, at Armchair Books, 39 S.W. Dorion Ave., or at the door.

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