Symphony Series: Mozart to Mendelssohn

  • Location:Bend High School Auditorium
  • Date/Time:Everyday starting 10/14/2017 through 10/16/2017 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The Central Oregon Symphony (COS) kicks off its 51st season with a three-concert run, Oct. 14-16, with performances held at the Bend High School auditorium: Saturday (7:30 p.m.), Sunday (2 p.m.) and Monday (7:30 p.m.). COS is a cooperative effort between Central Oregon Community College (COCC) and the nonprofit Central Oregon Symphony Association. Admission to the performances is free, but tickets are required; visit

Featured works include “Overture to the Magic Flute,” one of Mozart’s last compositions and referred to by program annotator Jeff Counts as “the most rewarding six minutes in music.” Additionally, guest pianist Joseph Rackers partners with COS to present Beethoven’s “Concerto for Piano No. 4 in G Major.” The second half of the concert is dedicated to the performance of Mendelssohn’s “Symphony No. 5 (Reformation).”

“Though perhaps not as well represented in concerts compared to his Italian or Scottish symphonies,” explained Michael Gesme, COS conductor and professor of music, “the event for which the symphony is subtitled is celebrating a major milestone this year and has received appropriately increased airtime.” October 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s famous nailing of his 95 theses on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany, launching what became the Protestant Reformation.