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Oregon Sinfonietta
Oregon Sinfonietta 50th Season
Congratulations to the Oregon Sinfonietta and also to Maestro Dr. Donald L. Appert
Oregon Sinfonietta season summary

Celebrating our 50th Anniversary Season of providing musical opportunities and enjoyment to the community!

    The Chamber Music Society of Oregon is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is devoted to promoting musical opportunities for persons of all ages. Our flagship performing ensemble, the Oregon Sinfonietta, is a full symphony orchestra of community musicians, conducted by Dr. Donald L. Appert, which presents a series of four free concerts each season. The Oregon Sinfonietta has consistently throughout the years offered a superb selection of the classical music repertoire, as well as performances by world-class professional soloists and outstanding young artist musicians, winners of the yearly CMSO Concerto Competition performing full concertos each season.
    Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 – 2022 CMSO Concerto Competition: French hornist Evan Doster, violinist Hanami Froom, and pianist Steven Wu. We applaud these young artists for their superb performances last season and we wish them many more opportunities for music making in the future.
    The 2022 – 2023 CMSO Concerto Competition took place on October 1, 2022. Congratulations to winners Kristen Kim, cello, and Jacob Nenow, piano. We look forward to these outstanding young artist winners' performances of Tchaikovsky's wonderful Variations on a Rococo Theme for Cello and Mozart's exciting Piano Concerto No. 19. Since there were no trumpet applicants for Hummel's Concerto for Trumpet, the talented professional trumpeter Jeffrey Snyder will perform this virtuoso concerto with the Oregon Sinfonietta. The winner in each category will receive a $1,000.00 honorarium, made possible with the addition of a generous donation by the Jerry and Donna Smith Family Foundation, on the condition the winners actually perform with the Oregon Sinfonietta at the concert. Information about the 2023 – 2024 Concerto Competition is provided on the Concerto Competition page.
    We are pleased to announce the 2022 – 2023 season of the Oregon Sinfonietta, our 50th! (Please see the Concerts page for detailed information regarding our concerts.) We hope you will join us for these exciting concerts as we celebrate 50 years of providing free musical opportunities and enjoyment to the community. The opening concert of the orchestra's 50th Anniversary Season included the wonderful performance by world-class cellist Diane Chaplin of Dr. Appert's Cello Concerto. (Please click here to view a video recording of her performance, and also see the Videos/Recordings page for the complete audio recording of the concert.) The May 22, 2022 concert was highlighted by the orchestra's unannounced performance of the Ukrainian National Anthem and R. Strauss' Death and Transfiguration. The audience's hush at its conclusion, before their standing ovation, was truly astonishing. Our collaboration in March 2016 with world-renowned violist Brett Deubner as soloist for the première of Dr. Appert's Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, and the November 2019 première of his Violin Concerto with Oregon Sinfonietta's concertmaster Darrell Hunt as soloist, are more wonderful past highlights. Our 50th Anniversary Season is sure to have many more memorable moments and highlights!
    To see and hear video and audio recordings of Mr. Deubner and Mr. Hunt performing Dr. Appert's viola and violin concertos, please go to the Videos/Recordings page. The newest additions to the Videos/Recordings page are the audio recordings of the Oregon Sinfonietta's November 6, 2022 and January 22, 2023 concerts. The Videos/Recordings page also includes videos/recordings of past Oregon Sinfonietta concerts, as well as the orchestra's performance of Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, for which the orchestra placed as a Semi-Finalist in the 2016 The American Prize competition for Orchestral Performance. Also of note is the Oregon Sinfonietta's November 5, 2017 performance of the first movement of Vaughan Williams' A London Symphony (Symphony No. 2). (Please click here to view a video recording of the first movement. The complete video recording of the November 5, 2017 concert is on the Videos/Recordings page.)

Oregon Sinfonietta 2022-2023 Season Poster