(Photo above: Spotlight Chamber Players L-R: Mateo Garza, MeiChi Neilson, Nicolas Oncken, Amy Wheeler | courtesy of HDCM)
October High Desert Chamber Music announces their Eleventh Annual Gala will be held on Saturday, November 10 at 6pm at Bend Golf Club. Bob Shaw from the KTVZ Newschannel 21 team returns as this year’s gala emcee, and the evening will include a performance, dinner and silent auction with donations from over 100 local businesses and organizations. The concert will feature recipients of their Educational Outreach program, the Spotlight Chamber Players.
The Spotlight Chamber Players program provides a high level of weekly chamber music instruction with HDCM Executive Director and professional violinist Isabelle Senger, as well as select visiting artists. Auditions are held annually in the fall. The students selected for this year’s program include Mateo Garza (violin), MeiChi Neilson (piano), Nicholas Oncken (violin) and Amy Wheeler (cello).
“This annual event is critical for our Educational Outreach goals,” states Executive Director Isabelle Senger. “This year I am pleased to showcase a new piano trio and string trio in the Spotlight Chamber Players. Funds raised at our gala allow us to continue offering this program to accomplished students without charge for their chamber music training.”
High Desert Chamber Music’s Educational Outreach opportunities are offered at no cost to any students, teachers or schools in Central Oregon. In addition to the Spotlight Chamber Players program, further Educational Outreach efforts include providing students with direct contact to guest musicians through performances and Q&A sessions at local schools, public master classes and providing students complimentary tickets to concerts.
The mission of High Desert Chamber Music is to bring world class chamber music and musicians to Central Oregon. Through our concert series and Educational Outreach programs, we aspire to heighten a level of appreciation, awareness and understanding of this great genre of classical music.
Tickets are available through HDCM online, in person or by phone. Seating requests are encouraged and advance ticket purchase is highly recommended.