Everyone Is Raving About the Oregon Coast Music Festival!

Posted by TravelCoosBay on May 5, 2017

Come to Coos Bay for the 39th Annual Oregon Coast Music Festival, July 22-29, 2017!

For one fabulous week in July, some of the finest regional, national and international musicians come to Coos Bay to make magic with music. We are so thrilled that the annual Oregon Coast Music Festival will once gain take place July 22-29, 2017!

It is our pleasure to welcome back the many musicians, visitors and volunteers here for the longest running music festival on the Oregon Coast! The festival kicks off July 22nd, 2017 with a free outdoor concert by The Bay Area Concert Band in Mingus Park and continues for a week with a series of concerts performed by the Festival Orchestra, a legendary 80 piece professional orchestra led by Conductor James Paul and OCMF’s new Associate/Pops Conductor, Adam Stern.

Orchestra week will begin with Orchestra Concert I, “The Virtuoso Orchestra” on Tuesday, July 25th featuring works by Berlioz, Ginastera, Copland and Ravel, the Pops Concert on Thursday, July 27th with a tribute to Song and Dance and culminate with Orchestra Concert II, “Northern Lights” on Saturday, July 29th, music inspired by the land of the midnight sun.

Associate/Pops Conductor, Adam Stern has this to say about the music chosen for the 2017 Festival:

The “Virtuoso Orchestra” features four challenging pieces, each selection makes demands on the musicianship of the orchestra and requires the utmost in unity and rhythmic tightness.

The “Northern Lights” Concert is a celebration of great Scandinavian composers, Alfven, from Sweden, Nielsen from Denmark and Sibelius from Finland. Nielson’s “Helios Overture” was inspired by the sun rising and setting over the Aegean Sea during a visit in 1903.

The Pops Concert “Gotta Dance!” is a tribute to some of the most influential talents in dance, film and musical score and features works by some of America’s most beloved composers including Richard Rodgers, George Gershwin and Aaron Copland.

This unique festival has gained national recognition and was named last year as one of Oregon’s best festivals by Travelmag.com. “There are few more scenic spots for a festival than the beautiful Coos Bay area, which each year hosts a hugely popular music festival,” the article states. “The only festival of its kind in southwestern Oregon, the event draws some 5,000 revellers each year, hailing from the local area as well as further afield…There’ll also be plenty of time between performances to enjoy the area’s attractions, including its pristine beaches, succulent seafood, sand dunes, fishing and more.”

Travel Oregon’s Allison Keeney writes, “I can truly attest that whether you’re a novice or seasoned classical music fan, seeing an 80-person orchestra perform in such an intimate venue is an incredibly powerful and unforgettable experience,” she writes in this 2016 article. “There’s no denying the intensity you’ll feel the first 30 seconds of the performance.”

Being a huge music enthusiast myself, I would highly suggest putting this on your Oregon Coast bucket list.

This is a rare treat to experience classical music as it was intended to be heard. Just listen to one of the performances from a previous festival-

Oregon Coast Music Festival – July Concert from Travis Cooper on Vimeo.

For the Festival schedule, maps to venues, tickets visit our website at www.OregonCoastMusic.org, or call 541-269-0938