Ode to joy


Last updated 5/2/2024 at 11:37am

Photo by Zachary C. Person

Central Oregon has a deep and rich music tradition centered mostly around folk, blues, and country genres. Big name headliners from a range of musical tastes fill local amphitheaters, festivals, and stages throughout the year, primarily in the warmer months.

Often overlooked in Central Oregon - but certainly appreciated - is classical music, as exemplified by Michael Gesme, professor of music at Central Oregon Community College (COCC).

Now in his 28th year in his expansive position, he conducts the Central Oregon Symphony, the Cascade Winds Symphonic Band, and has taught various and sundry mus...

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