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From Beethoven to David Bowie, Our 14th Season, JUNE 17 – JULY 3, 2016

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ANGELA MEADE returns with an All-Star cast to reprise her sensational depiction of Leonora in Verdi’s dramatic IL TROVATORE, currently Standing Room Only at the Metropolitan Opera. But you don’t have to fly to New York to hear the Diva. Hear her in Astoria and save $500 airfare!

SERGEY ANTONOV scales the heights of the ELGAR CELLO CONCERTO, a monumental romantic work for our Cello Hero and Orchestra.

DAVID BOWIE will be memorialized with the NW Premiere of SYMPHONY NO. 4 “HEROES” by America’s most popular composer PHILIP GLASS. Based on the rocker’s hit album “Heroes,” the symphony melds Pop and Contemporary Classical languages in an unforgettable way. Don’t miss this exciting premiere.

BEETHOVEN’S SYMPHONY NO. 3 “THE HEROIC,” will raise the Liberty Theater’s roof. This work changed music history.

Plus 20 Performances of:
SYMPHONIC & CHAMBER MUSIC,  CLASSIC FILM & DANCE,  MUSIC FOR KIDS

Including Astoria’s Own:
NORTH COAST SYMPHONIC BAND in an Independence Day Tribute to “AMERICAN HEROES”


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2016 Astoria Music Festival

Pianist, Director of Chamber Music, and musical raconteur Cary Lewis previews the Festival for Portland audiences with a concert featuring violinist ELIZABETH PITCAIRN, cellist SERGEY ANTONOV, and guest artists in a program of chamber music including Mendelssohn’s VIOLIN SONATA IN F MAJOR, Grieg's CELLO SONATA, and Dvorak’s beloved “DUMKY” PIANO TRIO. … Learn More »
Pianist, Director of Chamber Music, and musical raconteur Cary Lewis previews the Festival for Portland audiences with a concert featuring violinist ELIZABETH PITCAIRN, cellist SERGEY ANTONOV, and guest artists in a program of chamber music including Mendelssohn’s VIOLIN SONATA IN F MAJOR, Grieg's CELLO SONATA, and Dvorak’s beloved “DUMKY” PIANO TRIO. … Learn More »
The Festival blasts off with explosive works by America’s two most popular classical composers. A SHORT RIDE ON A FAST MACHINE by John Adams opens the concert, and DAVID BOWIE will be memorialized with the NW Premiere of SYMPHONY NO. 4 “HEROES” by Philip Glass. Based on the rocker’s hit album “Heroes,” the symphony melds Pop and Contemporary Classical languages in an unforgettable way. SERGEY ANTONOV scales the heights of the Elgar's CELLO CONCERTO, a monumental romantic work for our Cello Hero and Orchestra. … Learn More »
American Violinist ELIZABETH PITCAIRN plays Mendelssohn’s concerto on her legendary “Red Violin” Stradivarius that inspired the novel and film The Red Violin. Conductor KEITH CLARK and the Festival Orchestra continue this summer’s heroic theme with Beethoven's SYMPHONY NO. 3 “THE HEROIC.” … Learn More »

BACH by CANDLELIGHT

Tuesday, 6/21
An intimate evening of Bach in the lovely setting of Astoria’s oldest church in continual use and second oldest church in the Pacific Northwest. Sergey Antonov performs two Suites for Unaccompanied Cello, No 1 in G Major and No. 2 in D minor. Baritone Richard Zeller sings Cantata 82,“Ich Habe Genug,” for bass, oboe and strings, the most performed and recorded of all Bach cantatas. … Learn More »

3 LEG TORSO

Wednesday, 6/22
They’re back! Oregon’s genre-defying quintet brings its eclectic mash up of Chamber Music, Tango, Klezmer, Latin, and Roma (Gypsy) music. Internationally acclaimed for concerts, recordings, and film scores, this wonderfully weird band rocked the Liberty Theater in its Festival debut a few years ago. One reviewer said it best: “…if you ever get an opportunity to see them in concert, it will be the best $15 bucks you ever spent...truly enjoyable, down to earth, fun guys.” With special guest artist, Astoria’s own 10 year-old singing sensation Minntah Haefker, … Learn More »
Back by popular demand, the Liberty Theater returns to its roots as a silent movie palace. The sophisticated city girl Kate falls in love with farmer Lem. He takes her to his family farm but Kate isn’t accepted by the family. Can he keep her down on the farm? Find out in F.W. Murnau’s 1930 classic that made history as the first Hollywood film shot in Oregon. With a score composed and conducted by celebrated Oregon composer JOHN PAUL, whose works range from classical symphonic to ground breaking scores for Atari videogames and Magnum Force, Pit-Fighter and Wayne Gretzky’s 3-D Hockey. Meet the composer after the show! … Learn More »
Get close to music when Pianist and Director of Chamber Music Cary Lewis and the ASTORIA FESTIVAL CHAMBER PLAYERS join for a program of soloist virtuosity, including Dvorak’s PIANO QUARTET in E FLAT MAJOR and the exciting Hungarian fire of Ernö Donanyi’s SEXTET in C MAJOR for Winds, Strings and Piano. Our players are great; hear them up close! … Learn More »
Tchaikovsky Competition Gold Medal Cellist Sergey Antonov hosts an informal matinee of Chamber Music and Chat. Always an audience favorite. Artists and repertoire to be announced. … Learn More »
Russian pianist ILYA KAZANTSEV, Gold Medal Winner in the International Chopin Competition, plays the composer’s Romantic Second Concerto. San Diego Symphony Concertmaster Jeff Thayer and Detroit Symphony Associate Principal Violist JAMES VAN VALKENBERG are featured soloists in Mozart’s SINFONIA CONCERTANTE, MARYANN McCORMICK sings Three Songs of Gustav Mahler, and the Festival Orchestra dances through Stravinsky’s PULCINELLA BALLET SUITE. … Learn More »

Verdi's "IL TROVATORE"

Sunday, 6/26
Soprano ANGELA MEADE’S recent performances in Verdi’s dramatic opera IL TROVATORE were Standing Room Only at the Metropolitan Opera. She returns to Astoria to reprise that role in a concert featuring a sensational cast of Met soloists and the Astoria Music Festival Orchestra and Chorus. Tenor CAMERON SCHUTZA scales the High C’s as the Troubadour Manrico, with Mezzo Soprano MARYANN McCORMICK as the vengeful Gypsy Azucena and Baritone RICHARD ZELLER as the jealous Count di Luna. … Learn More »
Featuring conductor Olivia Tsui, Music Director of California’s Silicon Beach Symphony the Los Angeles Virtuosi, and an ensemble of young virtuosi. … Learn More »
Mozart’s "The Marriage of Figaro", features a cast of outstanding young singers selected from across the country. Fully staged production, conducted by CHRISTOPHER FECTEAU, Artistic Director of New York’s Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble and directed by MARK BEUDERT, General Director of Eugene Opera. … Learn More »
Mozart’s "The Marriage of Figaro", features a cast of outstanding young singers selected from across the country. Fully staged production, conducted by CHRISTOPHER FECTEAU, Artistic Director of New York’s Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble and directed by MARK BEUDERT, General Director of Eugene Opera. (Same Program as July 1) … Learn More »
Conductor DAVID BECKER leads the Symphonic Band in its celebration of American Heroes the eve of Independence Day, featuring popular vocalists ANDY and RACHEL BECKER. Presented as a special community event. Tickets are available directly from the Liberty Theater box office. … Learn More »

“The plucky and improbably great Astoria Music Festival now draws sellout crowds to a gleaming, restored Liberty Theater.” —The Oregonian


“The Astoria Music Festival made a bold statement in the Liberty Theatre In Astoria Oregon (USA)...” —Opera Magazine, London


“Keith Clark’s production lifted our spirits, tickled our ribs and touched our hearts.” —The Oregonian