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