NOCS presents Norwegian Chamber Melodies


The North Oregon Coast Symphony (NOCS), under the direction of Conductor Cory Pederson, is proud to present three delightful concerts of Nordic melodies and light classical selections performed by the symphony’s chamber string ensemble. The programs will also include performances by the NOCS wind section and pianist, further exploring the theme of classical Norwegian music. A majority of the selections are from Edvard Grieg, one of the leading Romantic era composers, whose music is considered to be part of the standard classical repertoire worldwide.

The first concert of the NOCS fall season will be an “open rehearsal” at the Cannon Beach Community Church (132 E. Washington, Cannon Beach), presented Tuesday evening, Nov. 17 at 7:00 pm. Admission for this concert is by voluntary donation.

The first formal concert will take place on Friday, Nov. 20 at the Performing Arts Center in Astoria (588 16th St.) beginning at 7:00 pm. The final concert of the fall season will be on Sunday, Nov. 22 at the Rockaway Community Church (400 S. 3rd Ave., Rockaway Beach) beginning at 3:00 pm. Admission for the formal concerts will be: $15 adults, $10 Seniors (65 & older), and children under 12 (with adult supervision) FREE. All concerts are very family-friendly.

NOCS would also like to announce the opening of musician and board member positions for its 2015-16 season.   This all-volunteer symphony is committed to growing into a sustainable arts organization for the benefit of the community, offering concerts, trios and quartets for events, musical education and scholarships for K-12 students. There are ongoing opportunities for community members to become involved as performing musicians or support staff. NOCS is open to all members of the Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington community who are interested in playing or supporting classical music, and all are encouraged to seek membership at any time.

NOCS is actively seeking string players (violin, viola, cello, & bass) at this time, and invites those who are interested in participating to contact the Conductor, Cory Pederson, at 503-836-2198 or

The NOCS board, which currently seats eight, is also seeking energetic individuals who are interested in supporting the continued growth of classical music in the N. Oregon and S. Washington coastal communities. Stepping forth to be a board member will help NOCS further its goals of providing and sustaining opportunities for musicians to play, and audiences to hear, live classical music on the coast, and will help shape the future of the symphony. For information, contact Cory Pederson (contact info above).

For more information about NOCS, and to view the full NOCS 2015-16 concert schedule, please visit the NOCS website at: