HERMISTON — The Inland Northwest Musicians, under the direction of R. Lee Friese, will present its 20th anniversary Reunion Concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Hermiston Community Center, 415 S. Highway 395.
Since there will only be one performance and seating is limited, reservations are necessary. Call 541-289-4696 as soon as possible to reserve seats. All performances are free but donations are gladly accepted.
The set of pieces will be performed by the combined ensembles of the Inland Northwest Orchestra and Inland Northwest Chorale along with members of the Willow Creek Symphony.
The Larry Nash Groupé composition “Life of Water” will
have its world premiere at the event.
Groupé has a musical resume in film, television and the concert stage and has achieved critical praise and popular acclaim, according to a release. He’s earned four Emmy awards and has also composed music for features that have been shown at the Sundance Berlin and Toronto International Festivals.
The latest score by Groupé for longtime director Rod Lurie is the true story war picture “The Outpost,” starring Orlando Bloom, Scott Eastwood and Caleb Landry Jones.
Most notably, he wrote the score for “The Contender,” starring Joan Allen, Gary Oldman and Jeff Bridges, a highly regarded political drama written and directed
by Lurie, which received multiple Academy Award nominations.
Groupé also enjoyed special recognition when he teamed with the classic rock legends, Yes, co-composing 10 original songs on the new CD release, “Magnification,” as well as writing overtures, arrangements and conducting the orchestra on their Symphonic Tour of the World.
A graduate of the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific, he began his senior year as the recipient of the ASCAP award for student composers.
He earned a masters of music in composition at the University of California at San Diego. Subsequently, his composing, orchestrating and conducting skills took him to the world of film scoring where he won the New York Film Award for “Best Score.”
The orchestra will also perform “Carmen Suite No. 1” by Georges Bizet, and “Overture Festivo for Symphonic Orchestra” by D. Shostakovich.
The Chorale will also perform “Alleluia” by Randall Thompson, a composition written for the opening exercises of the Berkshire Music Center, first performed by the student body under the direction of Professor G. Wallace Woodworth on July 8, 1940.
Funding for the concert is provided by The City of Hermiston, The Autzen Foundation and many individual and corporate sponsors. This will be the final concert for this season.
In October, the Indland Northwest Musicians will be starting its 21st season.