The opening concert of the Oregon Coast Chamber Orchestra's 13th season will feature music of Gershwin, Grundman, DeVour and a special tribute to the late Charlie Perkins.

Conductor Robin DeVourConductor Robin DeVour is an avid composer and founder of the Orchestra. His "Sea Shanty Suite" was composed in 2003 expressly for the OCCO and is dedicated to the composer's wife, Helen, "without whose collaboration it would never have been written". The work consists of six movements of contrasting tempi including  hauling shanties (work songs sung by the sailors as they hoisted sails) and slower American river shanties sung when raising the anchor.

Charlie PerkinsCharlie Perkins was a prolific composer, professional trumpet player and a good friend to many of us. The Orchestra has performed many of his compositions over the past 13 seasons including Mouth of the Siltcoos,  North Fork, Box Car and A Bassoon & Oboe Affair which are on this concert's program. Charlie passed away this July at the age of 88.

Performance Dates and Locations

  • Reedsport Community Charter School Auditorium
    2260 Longwood Drive, Reedsport
    November 17, Sunday, 7 p.m.
  • Yachats Community Presbyterian Church
    360 7th Street, Yachats
    November 24, Sunday, 2 p.m.
  • Florence Community Baptist Church
    4590 HWY 101, Florence
    December 1, Sunday, 2 p.m.


All tickets are $10 for adults, (children and students free). Tickets are not specific to any one concert, but good at any of the three performances. Available at Mari's Books in Yachats, Newport Performing Arts Center, Umpqua Bank in Reedsport, the Oregon Pacific Bank in Florence and at the door.