EVENTS ​(summer concert location changed
​see below)

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2018-2019 Concert Season

Winter Concert, February 17, 2019 Winter
​The theme “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” reflects the idea that  February is for some the season of love, but for others, a painful reminder of loves lost.  Join us to celebrate love with Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Overture,  contemplate the darker side of passion with Saint-Saën’s "Danse Macabre", and experience a new piece, "Metalfare," by contemporary composer Ilari Hylkilä. We’d “love” to see you there!
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 ​ Exciting Changes for Klamath Symphony Orchestra

Klamath Symphony Orchestra looks forward to exciting changes for the 2018-2019 concert season!  Steve Mitchell, who served as the conductor of the Klamath Symphony Orchestra for 36 concerts since 2009, has retired.  He is moving back to his musical roots in northern Oregon.
 
After an extensive search for a new conductor, the Symphony Board has hired three finalist conductors; (left to right in the photo: Dan Conrad, Max Harrington, Christopher Benjamin).   These conductors will oversee the Symphony performances for the coming year.  Each will conduct several pieces in the summer concert.  Then, each will carry out the music selection, practices, and performance for the fall, winter, or spring concert.













The summer concert was performed on Sunday, August 26 at 5:00 p.m. at Bible Baptist Church (BBC) Ministries, due to unpredictable smoke conditions on August 26.  It was sponsored by the Herald & News (provided free ice cream for all attendees); the fall concert was Saturday, November 17 at Bible Baptist Church (BBC) Ministries at 7:30 p.m.; the winter concert is Sunday, February 17 in the Ross Ragland Theater at 2:30 p.m.; and the spring concert is Saturday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ross Ragland Theater.
 
Christopher Benjamin conducted the fall concert on November 17, 2018.    
The theme, "A Season of Thanks and Light, " symbolized a time when we can come together and remember the things we have to be grateful for, while allowing a positive light to shine in our community through music!

Christopher comes to us from the Portland area, having graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from George Fox University and a Masters in Teaching from Concordia University, Portland.
 
Chris performed with the Portland Symphonic Choir as a paid choir member and soloist.  He also participated in the Oregon Bach Festival from 2007-2012.

Chris has traveled as a professional tenor/counter tenor, with performances in California, Washington and Oregon.  His favorite performance was in New York City's Avery Fisher Hall, as tenor soloist for Handel's Dettingen Te Deum. 
 
Here in Klamath Falls, Chris directs the choirs at Henley High and Middle Schools.  He also teaches at his studio, Higher Heights Vocal Studio, partnering with Katie Harmon Ebner at Song Bird Studios, and performing in various musicals.  Chris is also a youth pastor, worship leader and pastoral assistant at the Consumed by The Harvest Family Worship Center, and an elder at the Freewill Church of God in Christ.
 
As he finished his second year at the Henley schools, he reflected on thoroughly enjoying coaching wrestling and track as well as working on vocal skills with students.
 
Max Harrington directs the winter concert on February 17.  The theme “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” reflects the idea that  February is for some the season of love, but for others, a painful reminder of loves lost.  Join us to celebrate love with Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Overture,  contemplate the darker side of passion with Saint-Saën’s "Danse Macabre", and experience a new piece, "Metalfare," by contemporary composer Ilari Hylkilä. We’d “love” to see you there!

Max is the Director of Bands at Klamath Union High School (KUHS), where he rehearses and manages two high school jazz bands, and the symphonic band.  Additionally, he teaches three 5th grade beginning bands in the Klamath Falls City Schools.

Max received his Associate of Arts in Music in 2007 from Northwest Community College, followed by a Bachelors  in Music Performance from the University of Wyoming in 2011 and a Bachelors in Music Education in 2014. 

When not rehearsing bands or planning band trips, Max enjoys fly fishing, hiking, and backpacking in the great outdoors.

Dan Conrad will direct the spring concert on May 11.  The theme,  "Shazam! Music of Heroes," reminds us that since the beginning of recorded time humans have celebrated heroes.  Stories have been told, songs sung and symphonies written. Join us as we explore music to celebrate historical, present, future and imaginary heroes in our lives.  This is your chance for symphonic cosplay; come dressed as your favorite hero, heroine or super hero. Our director and some of our symphony members will be costumed too.

Dan started playing the piano when quite young and has been teaching piano since he was in the 7th grade. Dan currently enjoys teaching music at Hosanna Christian School:  preschool music, elementary general music through high school band, choir, and orchestra. He has practiced and performed with the Klamath Symphony Orchestra for the last 10 years as principal percussionist.

A graduate of Seattle Pacific University, he has bachelor’s degrees in music, communications and a master’s degree in education. He has traveled as a professional musician and recorded commercially.

He has been married to his best friend, Kathy, for 36 years. You may recognize her as the receptionist at Basin Eye Care.  They have 3 children.  Dan and his wife are currently music directors at Westside Community Church. Besides playing piano and leading music, during the summer, the whole family enjoys competing as Master Builders in sand castle competitions.  They build traditional, 8 ft. tall castles. In his free time Dan likes to fish, work in his garden and build creative things.


  

2016 - 2017 Concert Season, Ross Raglund Theater