Cascade Piano Trio plays Beethoven in free concert

Anthea Kreston, Grace Choi and Jason Duckles, pictured left to right, will perform as the Cascade Piano Trio at the Newport First Presbyterian Church on Jan. 11 during a free concert. (Courtesy photo)

The Cascade Piano Trio, and the Forest Grove High School Quintet will be in a classical music performance Saturday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church  in Newport in the first of three free Winter Concerts sponsored by the Oregon Coast Youth Symphony Festival.

The Cascade Piano Trio will perform the “Piano Trio in G major, Op. 1 No. 2” by Ludwig van Beethoven. Members of the trio include violinist Anthea Kreston.

Kreston was a member of the internationally renowned Artemis String Quartet. She enjoys a robust concert schedule with regular appearances at major concert halls in Europe and the United States. She has received numerous awards for her chamber collaborations, including the grand prize at the Concert Artists Guild Competition and Europe’s Echo Award for recording. Kreston will be the featured special guest violinist with the Newport Symphony Orchestra’s next concert on Jan. 18 and 19.

Cellist Jason Duckles has an active life as a soloist and chamber musician. This season, in addition to touring the United States as a member of the Amelia Piano Trio, Jason performed with Yo-Yo Ma in concerts throughout Central Asia and has received numerous awards for his chamber collaboration, such as grand prize in the Concert Artists Guild Competition and top prize in the Munich ARD International Competition.

Korean pianist Grace Choi has been praised for her “nice touch and excellent technique” (American Record Guide) and “meticulous attention to detail” (Fanfare). As an active pianist, Choi has performed extensively throughout the United States, France, Belgium, UK, and South Korea

Opening the program on Saturday, Jan. 11, will be the Forest Grove High School String Quintet under the direction of Leslie Nunez. These talented teenagers will open the evening’s program with numbers from Mozart, Bach and Vivaldi. Violinists are Yang Martin Garcia and Lucia Escalona Flores with Jack Weston on Viola, Jude Weston on Cello and Saul Tinoco on Bass.

Admission to this concert, which begins at 7 p.m., is free with donations accepted at the door. First Presbyterian Church is located at 227 NE 12th St. in Newport. Donations will support of the Oregon Coast Youth Symphony Festival. The concert is made possible in part by a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust, investing in Oregon’s arts, humanities and heritage and the Lincoln County Cultural Coalition.

The Jan. 11 concert is the first of three Winter Concerts presented by the Oregon Coast Youth Symphony Festival. These concerts provide an opportunity for small ensembles of talented high school students to perform in front of a live audience outside their home town. The next concert will be on Saturday, Feb. 15, featuring University of Oregon music professors in performance with special guests, the South Salem High School String Ensemble.

The Oregon Coast Youth Symphony Festival is held in Newport on April 23-26. The Festival is a unique, annual four-day event for high school orchestras.

Professional conductors are the instructors. The schedule includes opportunities to learn in innovative workshops, play music together, perform short programs for each other, and perform together as part of the Festival’s finale.

The Newport Symphony’s Conductor and Music Director Adam Flatt is the lead clinician. High school orchestras participating in the 2020 Festival include Astoria, Pendleton, Rex Putnam, North Salem, Mountain View and Ashland as well as members of the Newport Youth Symphony of the Oregon Coast (NYSOC).

The Oregon State University Chamber Strings will perform at the Festival on Friday April 24. The Festival is endorsed by the Oregon Symphony, Eugene Symphony, Rogue Valley Symphony, East Oregon Symphony, OSU-Corvallis Symphony, Central Oregon Symphony and Newport Symphony Orchestra at the Ocean.

More information about the Festival can be found at the Festival’s website at youthsymphonyfestival.org or by contacting Jim Myers at [email protected]

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