The Dalles Civic Auditorium will be the venue for two March concerts by the Columbia Gorge Sinfonietta.
On Friday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 18, at 2 p.m., under the direction of Conductor Mark Steighner, the Sinfonietta will perform works by Benjamin Britten, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Franz Peter Schubert.
White Salmon pianist Karen Eddleman-Hunley will join the Sinfonietta to perform Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto, the G major.
The program begins with dances from Benjamin Britten's opera Gloriana, a story about Britain's Queen Elizabeth I. These Elizabethan dances are presented through a 20th Century prism that reveals some lively activities at a 16th Century English ball. From the sprightly introductory March to the animated Morris Dance to the rowdy La Volta, Britten brings Elizabethan diversions to life.
Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto opens with a gentle passage on the piano and continues with a subtle and inspired dialog between the piano and the orchestra. For the first time in concerto history, the focus is not directed solely on the piano. The dialog between the strings and the piano continues through the Adagio into the vigorous strains of the final movement.
Piano soloist Eddleman-Hunley is an accomplished musician, having graduated from the Manhattan School of Music with a Masters degree in music. Her extensive and varied experience as a performer includes work on chamber music projects in Buenos Aires, touring with various tango shows throughout the Americas, and acting as conductor/pianist at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Eddleman-Hunley is married to Dustin Hunley, music director at Columbia High School. Twin four-year olds, Nathaniel and Clara, round out the family quartet.
Following intermission, the Sinfonietta will perform Schubert's Fourth Symphony. Schubert composed this Symphony in 1816, when he was barely 19 years old. It is an amazing work for someone so young, full of rich melodies and lyrical passages.
The Columbia Gorge Sinfonietta is sponsored by the Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association, a non-profit corporation. Production of these concerts is supported in part by a grant from the Oregon Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
There is no admission charge for these concerts. Donations are welcome. Refreshments will be available for purchase during intermission.