Delgani String Quartet in concert

The famed Delgani String Quartet, of Eugene, will be performing in concert along with the Cascade Quartet of Grants Pass High School at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, at the Newport Nazarene Church. (Courtesy photo)

Performance is Saturday in Newport.

The acclaimed and celebrated Delgani String Quartet will perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, at the Newport Nazarene Church in the final of the free winter series concerts sponsored by the Oregon Coast Youth Symphony Festival.

This concert was originally scheduled for February but was postponed due to snowy weather conditions.

Considered “the state’s finest chamber ensemble” by Oregon Arts Watch, the Delgani String Quartet presents exciting performances of both classical and contemporary repertoire. The quartet curates its own series in Portland, Salem and Eugene, while regularly appearing as guest artists throughout Oregon. The Delgani String Quartet has also performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and at Charles University in Prague.

The quartet features Wyatt True and Jannie Wei, violins; Kimberlee Uwate, viola; and Eric Alterman, cello. They will be performing Franz Schubert's Quartettsatz and Franz Joseph Haydn's String Quartet in D Major, Op. 76 No. 5.

The Delgani String Quartet was formed in 2014 with a mission to cultivate an appreciation for chamber music through distinctive performance, innovative programming, educational engagement and collaboration. The members of the quartet collectively hold 12 degrees in string performance from various schools of music and conservatories across the nation.

Opening the program on Saturday will be the Cascade String Quartet from Grants Pass High School. The Cascade String Quartet features Camille Schaafsma and Sean Bullock, violin; Julianne Burdis, viola; and Charlie Jarvis, cello. These talented teenagers will open the evening's program with Brandenburg Concert No. 3 composed by J.S. Bach and Quartet in F Major, Op. 96 “The American,” by Antonin Dvorak.

Admission to this concert is free, with donations accepted at the door. The Newport Nazarene Church is located at 227 NW 12th St. This concert is made possible by a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust.

The concert is the last of three 2018-2019 Winter Series Concerts presented by the Oregon Coast Youth Symphony Festival. These three concerts provide an opportunity for small ensembles of talented high school students to perform in front of a live audience outside their hometown.

The Oregon Coast Youth Symphony Festival will be held in Newport April 25-28. The festival is an 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 this year’s festival include West Linn, Tigard, South Eugene, Pendleton, North Salem and Grants Pass, as well as members of the Newport Youth Symphony of the Oregon Coast.

The Willamette University Chamber Orchestra will perform at the festival on Friday, April 26.

The festival is endorsed by the Oregon Symphony, Eugene Symphony, Rogue Valley Symphony, East Oregon Symphony, OSU-Corvallis Symphony, and Newport Symphony Orchestra at the Ocean.

More information about the festival is available online at or by contacting Jim Myers at [email protected]