Oregon's Ernest Bloch Music Festival Cancels 2005 Season

Classic Arts News   Oregon's Ernest Bloch Music Festival Cancels 2005 Season
The Ernest Bloch Music Festival, a summer festival in Newport, Oregon, will not stage a 2005 season, the Portland Oregonian reports.

The festival is taking a hiatus in order to pursue new sources of funding, according to the paper.

Founded in 1990, the event is named for the Swiss-born 20th-century composer, who lived in the area. It includes symposiums, classes, and music by Bloch and other composers. In 1994, the festival merged with the Yaquina Orchestra to form the Bloch and Yaquina Music Association, or BAY Music Association.

Bob Hermanson, the president of the BAY Music Association, said that the festival board would release a statement about its plans next month.

"We have all agreed that the festival is important to Oregon, and we are certainly looking forward to the festival returning in 2006," he said.

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