Local Orchestra Presents May Concert Series

NOCS performing in Rockaway Beach – photo by Glenn Thomas

The North Oregon Coast Symphony will conclude its 2016-17 season with three concerts of classical chamber works. These performances, on May 16th, 19th, and 21st, will include a compelling assortment of orchestral suites, including Bach’s “Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major. Aptly titled “Suite Celebration”, these concerts will be conducted by Cory Pederson and performed by the symphony’s string ensemble, with selected members of the brass, woodwind, and percussion sections.

The first concert, an open-rehearsal, will be held Tuesday, May 16th, at 6:30pm at the Cannon Beach Community Church (132 E. Washington).  Admission will be by voluntary donation.

The first formal concert will take place Friday, May 19th, at 7:00pm at the Performing Arts Center (PAC) in Astoria (588 16th St).

The second formal concert will be held Sunday, May 21st, at 3:00pm at the Rockaway Beach Community Church (400 S. 3rd Ave.).

Admission to the two formal concerts will be $15 for adults, $10 for seniors (65 and older), and $5 for students.  Children under 12 (with adult supervision) are admitted free.

The program will also include Gustav Holst’s “St. Paul’s Suite,” an arrangement of Grieg’s “Peer Gynt Suite,” and Debussy’s “Minuet from Petite Suite.” Soprano vocalist Janice Wall will be featured performing “Solveig’s Song” from Edvard Grieg’s “Peer Gynt Suite.”.  These family-friendly concerts will showcase the talents and passion of all the players within NOCS, and present the audience with the unique opportunity to hear live classical music performed on the North Oregon Coast.

For more information about this and future 2017/18 North Oregon Coast Symphony concerts, visit, e-mail:, or call Cory Pederson at 503-836-2198.

The North Oregon Coast Symphony (NOCS) is a group of local musicians and volunteers dedicated to providing live classical music for the North Oregon coastal region. Our musicians come from a 100-mile span of the North Oregon and South Washington Coast to rehearse and create classical music programs for the community’s enjoyment and appreciation. This all-volunteer, non-profit orchestra is committed to being a sustainable arts organization, offering concerts, chamber ensembles, music education, and ongoing opportunities for community members to become involved as performing musicians or support staff. NOCS musicians range in age from junior high to adult, and from proficient to professional in ability.

If you are interested in participating as a musician, contact conductor Cory Pederson, or 503-836-2198. If you would like to volunteer, please call Nancy Giasson, 630-525-0566. Volunteer opportunities include board membership, concert workers, publicity, and other unique help you may wish to offer. For more information, visit