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PENDLETON — Oregon East Symphony will close out its 2018-2019 season at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Vert Auditorium, 480 SW Dorion Ave., with “Summer, Saint-Saëns & A Symphony.”

Under the direction of Conductor and Artistic Director Beau Benson, the symphony will perform Johannes Brahms’s moody Fourth Symphony and Camille Saint-Saëns’s Piano Concerto No. 2 featuring guest soloist Artina McCain.

McCain enjoys a career as a pedagogue, solo and chamber musician nationally and internationally. Most recently, she has appeared with the Memphis Symphony and Austin Civic Orchestra. 

Television appearances include features on CSPAN and a featured leader in the PBS documentary series “Roadtrip Nation: Degree of Impact.” Recent honors include an Outstanding Collegiate Teaching Award, American Prize Winner, Austin Critics Table Award and Global Music Award. She graduated from Southern Methodist University, Cleveland Institute of Music and University of Texas at Austin. 

Currently, she is an assistant professor of piano at the University of Memphis.

The concert is sponsored by symphony board of directors members Dr. George and Sue Nelson and Sylvia Clawson and Symphony supporter Carolyn Frasier.

Advance tickets — $25/adult, $20/senior, $15/student — are available at the Symphony office, 345 SW Fourth St., Pendleton; Pendleton Art & Frame, 28 SW Court Ave., Pendleton; and online at OregonEastSymphony.BrownPaperTickets.com.

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