Music teachers in the spotlight

Jessica Treon, left, and Mary Lee Scoville will perform Anton Devorak’s “Legends” together at a concert on Sunday, Sept. 23 at the Newport Performing Arts Center. (Courtesy photo)

The Oregon Music Teachers Association Lincoln County District will host a benefit concert on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. at the Newport Performing Arts Center. Admission is by donation to the Suzanne Brown Student Aid Fund. Refreshments with the performers will follow the concert.

 “Our theme for this Spotlight is “Classics You Love,” and this year’s program really fits that bill. We have examples of the best repertoire, much of it from the Romantic Period of music,” said Jessica Treon, co-chair of the event. “Cathy Champion-Predmore and Diane LaRue will perform the piano duet, “Fantasie in F minorby Franz Schubert.  This piece is one of the centerpieces of the four-hand repertoire. In addition, Kathy Follett, violin, Walt Hogsett, ‘cello, and Mary Lee Scoville, piano, will perform the second movement of “Trio in d Minor, Opus 49” by Felix Mendelssohn. This is an iconic piano trio. This movement, in particular, is a beautiful representation of the melodic and harmonic textures of the Romantic period. We are always pleased to have these two talented members of the Newport Symphony Orchestra joining us on stage.”

In addition, Treon will perform “Clair de lune” by Claude Debussy, one of the greatest pieces for solo piano.    

Scoville and Treon will perform two of Anton Dvorak’s Legends, and Grayson Schlosser will perform a Beethoven “Bagatelle.” Ramona Goddard will perform “Sonata in F Major” by Dmitri Kabalevsky, a contemporary composer. Treon and Champion-Predmore will team up on two pianos with the “Concerto in C Major” by Antonio Soler. In addition, a surprise classic will be performed by Donna Olson and Rita Warton on piano, “C.S. Theme and Variations,” arranged by Randal Compton.

The vocalists have also chosen classics with Tonia Peterson singing “Ave Maria” by Franz Schubert and Leatrice Lily singing a song from Gustav Mahler’s “Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of the Wayfarer).” Rita Warton has chosen a classic song by American composers, Burt Bacharach and Hal David, “What’s New Pussy Cat?” and another fun song, “The Umbrella Man.”  

“There must always be a piano quartet in our Spotlight Concert,” said Scoville. This year’s quartet is Scoville, Treon, Champion-Predmore and Warton. “Our selection is ‘Danse Macabre’ by Camile Saint-Saens. You don’t want to miss it! Be sure to join us for a concert of beautiful music and support our local students with your donation.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       For more information about the concert or the scholarship fund call Jessica Treon 541-563-4183 or visit our website or Lincoln County Oregon Music Teachers Association on Facebook.