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FREE CONCERT: Oregon Arts Orchestra and New Dublin Voices

17 June 20:00 - 22:00


A wonderful free concert not to be missed ! A repertoire who will include two wonderdful repertoires and one joint piece of the talented Irish Composer Sean Doherty .

The Oregon Arts Orchestra is comprised of the finest community professional musicians from the States of Oregon, Arizona, and Washington state. They have been specially selected by Conductor, Cindy H. Petty as musical ambassadors to travel world-wide sharing their music representing many orchestras of their home regions including the Tilikum Chamber Orchestra, Chandler Symphony Orchestra, Musica Nova Orchestra, Yakima Symphony, Newport Symphony, Oregon Sinfonietta, Women’s Orchestra of Arizona, The Portland Jewish Community Orchestra, Salt Lake Symphony, The American West Symphony, WestMinster Chamber Orchestra plus more.

The members are a diversified group who by day serve as physicians, teachers, architects, artists, administrators, computer technicians and software engineers, accountants, attorneys, business executives, stock brokers, bankers, mothers, fathers, grandparents and students. In the afternoon and evenings they come together as professional musicians to share the passion of their hearts – music. This is a unique group of Americans brought together through the musical heritage of their ancestors with a desire to play fine works for themselves and for their communities. It is with honor that we perform as an orchestra throughout the world representing the strength which music brings to all generations of time as we sit side by side performing great music and blending the generations of time, ethnicity, history and country while honoring and keeping our heritage and connections alive through music.

All players will be either very strong or semiprofessional players.

Cindy H. Petty is a conductor and teacher recognized for her “outstanding precision, musical vision, warm motivation, engaging stage presence and a unique ability to connect with musicians and audiences of all ages”. As a Conductor, Cindy currently serves as Orchestra Director at Benjamin Franklin Charter High School (AZ), Music Director and Conductor of the Oregon Arts Orchestra (OR), Associate director of the Women’s Orchestra of Arizona, Holiday Concerts Conductor with Music Nova Orchestra (AZ), Principal Guest Conductor and Guest Concertmaster for the Sapporo Philharmonic Orchestra (Japan), and Conductor Emeritus of the Jewish Community Orchestra (OR).

As a violinist, she currently performs with the Newport Symphony (OR), Music Nova Orchestra (AZ) and the Chandler Symphony Orchestra (AZ).

The concert will be opened by the International award-winning New Dublin Voices a leading Irish chamber choir. Founded by conductor Bernie Sherlock in 2005, from the start the choir has presented concert programmes that are fresh, innovative, and exciting, ranging widely in style and period from the medieval to the contemporary. The choir takes special pleasure in exploring the music of living composers and has given numerous Irish and world premieres.

Bernie received her training in choral conducting from Ildikó Herboly Kocsár and Peter Erdei during two years of study in Hungary. She subsequently continued her studies with Gerhard Markson and earned a Masters in Conducting from NUI Maynooth.

Bernie has extensive experience directing a wide range of choirs. She was for ten years the Choral Director at the DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama, during which time she led the DIT Chamber Choir to numerous first prizes at the Cork International Choral Festival and at Dublin Feis Ceoil.

Seán Doherty’s choral works and commissions have received many international performances and have garnered numerous awards: he has won the Feis Ceoil choral composition award, the Choir and Organ Magazine composition competition, the St Giles’s Cathedral Edinburgh anthem composition competition, the Fragments Choral Composition Award (in association with Historic Scotland), and prizes for best contemporary work at international choral festivals Florilège Vocal de Tours, France, and Béla Bartok Competition, Hungary. His choral works have been performed by choirs including the choir of Merton College, Oxford, Kamikuoro Kampin Laulu, Finland, the National Youth Choir of Scotland, Chicago a cappella, Grant Park Chorus, Chicago, Laetare Vocal Ensemble, the Mornington Singers, and New Dublin Voices.

Seán has also written much chamber music: he has twice been awarded the Young Composers’ Bursary at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival (2013, 2014), and the Jerome Hynes composition competition (2011).


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