all quiet on the orchestral front

It’s the middle of the summer.  The dog days, one might say, at least here in Portland, where the mercury is expected to top 90°F again today.  There is little going on, classical musically speaking in Portland right now, except for the final concerts of Chamber Music Northwest‘s summer festival this Thursday through Sunday.  The action lies further away from the urban centers at this time of year.  My colleague James Bash linked to the Sun Valley Summer Symphony which starts up its concert run on July 27th.

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Yeol Eum Sun

The Sunriver Music Festival in central Oregon begins its concerts August 13th, with a solo recital by Van Cliburn Competition Silver Medallist Yeol Eum Sun.  Oregon Symphony concertmaster Jun Iwasaki will be making his dual concertmaster and solo debut with the Sunriver Festival Orchestra on Saturday, August 14th, and Yeol Eum Sun will perform a concerto with the orchestra on Sunday, August 15th.

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Jun Iwasaki – Photo: Absolute Images

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