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Classical Musicians Cowboy Up In Snow

OPB | March 22, 2014 9:59 a.m. | Pendleton, Oregon

The chief problem caused by the big snowstorm last month fell in the lap of the Oregon East Symphony.

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The ensemble is populated by Umatilla County musicians as well as players from other parts of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Some travelled hours to get to Pendleton for the concert. Others left their cars stranded in the Gorge, in hopes of making it to the concert.

Doug Westervelt (left) of Portland, Heather Tyreman (center) of Joseph, and Angela Schauer (right) of Moscow, Idaho, represent some of the diversity you'll find in the OES.

Doug Westervelt (left) of Portland, Heather Tyreman (center) of Joseph, and Angela Schauer (right) of Moscow, Idaho, represent some of the diversity you'll find in the OES.

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While their scheduled program of Czechoslovakian composers was ultimately moved to another day, we found the Oregon East players remarkably game, getting together for impromptu sessions all over town. Our story finds them making a cold reading of Schubert's Octet in F Major.

Lisa Robertson (left) has been a key addition to the Symphony. She serves as concertmaster, and also directs the Youth orchestra and an immersion program for young players that serves as a feeder for the OES.

Lisa Robertson (left) has been a key addition to the Symphony. She serves as concertmaster, and also directs the Youth orchestra and an immersion program for young players that serves as a feeder for the OES.

Steve Bass / Oregon Public Broadcasting



Members spoke with us about what the music brings to their lives, and why they go to such great lengths to keep the Symphony alive.

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