We have three unusual combinations of instruments played by Willamette University students. First is a string quintet with two violas, playing a movement of a quintet by Mendelssohn. The students are Heidi Olsen and Isabel Solano, violins; Emma Giron and Michael Chergosky, violas; and Holly Wheeler, cello.
They will be followed by another quintet: Emily Cackler, clarinet; Grant Burleigh, guitar; Michael Chergosky, viola; and Cassidy Andrews and Peter Lawson, cello. They will play pieces by Jordan Nobles and Samuel Vriezen; if you know of them, you are ahead of me!
The last of the student groups will be a wind ensemble: Ellen Rumley, flute; Johanna Lyon, oboe; and Alexis Cartales, clarinet. They will play pieces by Paul de Wailly and Josef Haydn.
After intermission, we get to hear the exciting Sonata by Maurice Ravel, played by Daniel Rouslin, violin; and Jean-David Coen, piano. Both are long-time highly-respected professors of music at Willamette University. They gave a concert in early March that we could not attend because it was at the same time as one of our own concerts. We will hear one of the three sonatas from that concert. This is a very special treat!
This concert is our annual scholarship benefit concert. This carries on the tradition begun by Dan Rouslin, professor of music at Willamette University and the Rev. Rick Davis, minister of Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem, of sponsoring such concerts to support a scholarship fund for private music lessons for children who otherwise could not afford them. The fund is administered by the Musicians Union, and this is the fourth year that Camerata Musica has sponsored this concert.
Our normal musicians' honorarium will go to the scholarship fund, as will all contributions left in the "violin case" in the foyer. Last year our concert raised over $1900 for the scholarship fund. Thank you to all of you who contributed toward that!
We hope to have several of the scholarship recipients at our April 30 concert. And their annual concert, usually in Portland, will be at the Unitarian Universalist church, at the corner of Center Street and Cordon Road in Salem, on the afternoon of Saturday, May 6.
Please understand: this is a free concert. That is part of our arrangement with the Library, and it’s what we do. As usual, the “violin case” will be on the table in the lobby, accepting your contribution if you choose to contribute! (Of course, we trust that some of you will!)