If you are a music lover in the Pacific Northwest and beyond, you will want to be on Oregon’s Adventure Coast: Coos Bay, North Bend, Charleston July 15-29, 2023 when the Oregon Coast Music Association (OCMA) presents its 45th Annual Oregon Coast Music Festival ! Since launching in 1979, the Oregon Coast Music Association has provided high-quality classical music and creative musical experiences that have involved, enriched, and inspired the community.
The Oregon Coast Music Festival (OCMF) has grown from a small event celebrating classical music into a two-week-long festival that attracts more than 5,000 people to various concerts in different locations around Oregon’s Adventure Coast. The festival draws musicians from all over the country, and many return year after year to perform in the summer concerts. Here’s a rundown of the 2023 Oregon Coast Musical Festival:
The following events are free of charge. Please note there is a $5 parking fee at Shore Acres State Park.
Saturday, July 15th @ 3 p.m. Mingus Park Stage, Coos Bay. The Bay Area Concert Band has been the OCMF opening act since the festival began in 1978. Bring a picnic and sit on the hill at beautiful Mingus Park and enjoy the music.
Saturday, July 22nd @ 12 p.m. Shore Acres State Park, Charleston. The Gothard Sisters perform new and traditional music steeped in Celtic folk roots. Performing, touring and writing together for more than 13 years, the trio continues to bring a refreshing perspective to the time-honored tradition of Celtic folk music, bridging the gap between classical, folk, Celtic, world, and roots influences with a sunny, optimistic style. Pack a picnic and enjoy music in the gardens at Shore Acres! There is a $5 parking fee at the park entrance.
Sunday, July 23rd @ 7 p.m. 7 Devils Brewing Co. Dear Darling is the nom de plume of the Sacramento-based trio of Natalie Hagwood (cello and voice), Casey Lipka (bass and voice) and Hannah Jane Kile (guitar and voice). Together, their joyous meld of jazz, folk, classical and pop delivers a fresh new sound that is being recognized both locally and nationally.
Monday, July 24th @ 12 p.m. Umpqua Hall, Southwest Oregon Community College. Bring your lunch and enjoy a preview of the Orchestra Concert I with Associate Conductor, Adam Stern and Soloist, Steven Moeckel. Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini Overture, Schubert: Symphony No.8 “Unfinished”, Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto with Steven Moeckel, soloist.
Wednesday, July 26th @ 12 p.m. Umpqua Hall, Southwest Oregon Community College . Bring your lunch and enjoy a preview of the Festival Orchestra Pops Concert with Associate Conductor, Adam Stern and Soprano Solist, Elizabeth Galafa Ylaya.
Thursday, July 27th @ 10 a.m. Marshfield High School Auditorium
Friday, July 28th @ 12 p.m. Umpqua Hall, Southwest Oregon Community College. Bring your lunch and enjoy a preview to the Festival Orchestra Concert Finale with Associate Conductor, Adam Stern. Wagner: Parsifal Prelude, Holst: The Perfect Fool Ballet Suite, Brahms: Symphony No.1.
*About Lunch, Listen & Learn with Associate Conductor, Adam Stern. Associate Conductor Adam Stern brings fresh and entertaining insight into the music and composers featured in the three orchestra programs. These noontime events provide an opportunity for interactive discussions that help everyone learn about the artists, the musical world and other related topics. Adam Stern returns to Oregon’s Adventure Coast: Coos Bay, North Bend, Charleston to continue his creative ideas for the Pops concerts, and support outreach to everyone in his lectures and workshops. Stern has been leading the Seattle Philharmonic since 2003.
Advanced ticket purchases are strongly suggested, as space is limited.
Sunday, July 16th @ 5pm at OIMB Boathouse, Charleston. Native son, Aaron Johnson provides an afternoon of blues, Ballads and the American Songbook overlooking Coos Bay in Charleston. Black Market Gourmet provides a reception at intermission. Seating is limited. Tickets are available at the office and online. This is a popular concert with limited seating, so be sure to get your tickets early! BUY TICKETS
Wednesday, July 19 @ 7 p.m at Hales Center For The Performing Arts Southwest Oregon Community College. Madi Barrena and Michael Somers provide an interactive discussion and performance highlighting significant African American composers and performers and their stories. Tickets are $20, FREE for students. BUY TICKETS
Thursday, July 20 @ 7 p.m. at Hales Center For The Performing Arts Southwest Oregon Community College. Moeckel (Violin) and Goldstein (piano) provide a selection of music featuring women composers and their music. They highlight women from the early 1900s to contemporary composers. Event includes a reception with the artists. Tickets are $20, FREE for students. BUY TICKETS
Tuesday, July 25th @ 7:30 p.m. at Marshfield High School Auditorium. Conductor: James Paul. Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini Overture, Schubert: Symphony No.8 “Unfinished”, Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto with Steven Moeckel, soloist. BUY TICKETS
Thursday, July 27th @ 7:30 p.m. at Marshfield High School Auditorium. Guest soloist Elizabeth Galafa Ylaya, Soprano, joins the Festival Orchestra for a celebration of Latin American and Hispanic musical influences. BUY TICKETS
Friday, July 28th @ 7 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, North Bend. The Redfish Music Faculty join forces for an exciting concert in an intimate venue. Violinists Fritz Gearhart and Miya Saito-Beckman, violist Jason Bonham and cellist Andrew Smith have traveled around the world performing for audiences, but now come together to perform for you in this special event on the Oregon coast! BUY TICKETS
Saturday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m. Marshfield High School Auditorium. Conductor: James Paul. Wagner: Parsifal Prelude, Holst: The Perfect Fool Ballet Suite Brahms: Symphony No.1. BUY TICKETS
Visit www.oregoncoastmusic.org to learn more about the Oregon Coast Music Festival and its summer concerts.
If you’re unable to attend this July, there are other opportunities to enjoy unique live music on Oregon’s Adventure Coast: Coos Bay, Charleston, North Bend. Here are some suggestions:
7 p.m. Thursday evenings August 10th-September 14th, 2023 @ Mingus Park Amphitheater. Music On The Bay is a non-profit organization that brings musical excellence to Oregon’s Adventure Coast: Coos Bay, North Bend, Charleston. Bring a picnic, dance, and enjoy the music! Here is the 2023 Season Line-Up:
AUG 10th - NW Women of Rhythm & Blues
AUG 17th - True Loves
AUG 24th - Britnee Kellog
AUG 31st - Tommy Castro and The Painkillers
SEPT 7th - Chris Pierce Band
SEPT 14th - Never Come Down
September 7th & 8th @ 6 p.m. Shore Acres State Park. Founded by classical pianist Hunter Noack, this unique concert series aims to replace the traditional concert hall by offering outdoor concerts in America’s most breathtaking landscapes. A 9-foot Steinway grand piano is transported to National Parks, urban green spaces, working ranches, farms, and historical sites to connect people with each landscape through classical music concerts. To overcome the acoustic challenges of performing in the wild, wireless headphones are used to transmit the music to concert-goers. Click the links below to get tickets (now on sale!)
IN A LANDSCAPE: Classical Music in the Wild™ concerts are brought to you in partnership with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and Sponsors Wild Rivers Coast Alliance, Travel Southern Oregon Coast, and Oregon’s Adventure Coast: Coos Bay, North Bend, Charleston.
Our area features several entertainment venues and nightlife options where visitors can frequently find great local music. Our authentic, down-to-earth, Oregon Coast vibe promises an evening you won’t find anywhere else! Here are some local places that support up and coming bands and musicians. If you plan to visit any of these, it’s best to call ahead to confirm their schedule.
BONUS: Listen to live organ music at the Egyptian Theatre for FREE! This summer, visitors can hear spectacular music every Wednesday from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. on The Mighty Wurlitzer. Feel free to bring your lunch in while you listen! Located in the heart of downtown Coos Bay, this destination is fun for the whole family. This free concert is popular with Farmer’s Market visitors, both local and visiting tourists.
Did we leave your favorite local music venue out? Let us know! We’re always looking for great places to recommend to our visitors!