Oregon Coast Music Festival is Turning 40!

Posted by TravelCoosBay on April 12, 2018

Oregon Coast Music Festival 2018

Photo @ OCMF

The Coast Comes Alive with Sounds of Music July 24th-28th, 2018

The longest running music festival on the Oregon Coast is turning 40! The 40th Annual Oregon Coast Music Festival is happening Tuesday, July 24th through Saturday, July 28th, 2018.

The Oregon Coast Music Festival (OCMF) had its beginnings in 1978, when Dr. Charles Heiden and his family moved to Coos Bay with the idea of encouraging local children to learn about orchestral music. Heiden, who had previously served as professor of violin at Willamette University, came to the coast to plant the seeds of appreciation for this music.

The only festival of its kind in southwestern Oregon, OCMF has been listed on TravelMag.Com’s List of Best Festivals and has even caught the attention of Travel Guru Arthur Frommer who said he was “bowled over by its ambitions and quality” and had this to say about our area:

“The Oregon coast is one of the most under-rated tourist attractions in America; its visitors, though substantial in number, are nowhere near what it should be receiving. The coast is largely underdeveloped, and is awesome in its natural wonders and beauty, its many state parks, its quaint seaside towns….with high-quality seafood restaurants.”

Each year, the highlight of OCMF has been the outstanding performances given by the one-and-only Festival Orchestra, an 80-piece professional orchestra comprised of elite regional, national and international musicians. James Paul, Conductor and Music Director of the Festival Orchestra since 1991, is widely acclaimed as one of North America’s most esteemed conductors. Listening to these talented musicians perform under the direction of world-class conductors is a special opportunity for South Coast residents and visitors to experience classical music as it was intended to be heard.

This year’s festival will feature a special pre-festival jazz concert from the Darrell Grant Combo in addition to three classical concerts performed by the official Festival Symphony Orchestra.

Boathouse Concert – The Darrell Grant Combo

Time: Sunday, July 22, 2018, at 2:00 pm
Location: OIMB Boathouse in Charleston
The Oregon Coast Music Association is delighted to welcome the return of Darrell Grant. Darrell brings with his All 4 Naught colleagues Eric Gruber, Tyson Stubelek, and guest vocalist Danielle Barker The afternoon will include a champagne reception catered by Black Market Gourmet

Concert I – “Once Upon a Time”

Time: Tuesday, July 24th, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Location: Marshfield High School Auditorium, Coos Bay
Conductor James Paul will lead the Festival Symphony Orchestra Wagner: Three excerpts from “Die Meistersinger”. Grieg: Lyric Suite, Op 54 and Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

Pops Concert: “There’ll Always Be an England”

Time: Thursday, July 26th, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Location: Marshfield High School Auditorium, Coos Bay
A British invasion with music by Lerner & Lowe, Cole Porter, The Who, The Beatles and more

Concert II: “Concert Favorites”

Time: Saturday, July 28th, 2018
Location: Marshfield High School Auditorium, Coos Bay
Conductor James Paul will again lead the selections from Ponchielli: Dance of the Hours from
“La Gioconda”, Strauss, R: Don Juan, Op. 20 and Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in e minor

It’s never too soon to begin planning for one of Oregon’s most unique music festivals! For schedule, more info and tickets visit www.OregonCoastMusic.org, or call 541-269-0938. Get your tickets and book your accomodations today.

Be sure you leave time between performances to enjoy our area’s attractions and state parks, beaches, delicious seafood, sand dunes, fishing and more. When planning your vacation to Coos Bay, North Bend, and Charleston, be sure to utilize Oregon’s Adventure Coast as your guide. We continuously update our Facebook Page– so be sure to check back frequently so you don’t miss out!