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Narek Arutyinian

Clarinetist Narek Arutyinian

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FLORENCE — As part of its ongoing Coastal Concert Series, Seacoast Entertainment Association will present the Newport Symphony Orchestra at the Florence Event Center Friday, March 23. A pre-concert talk will begin at 7 p.m. and the performance at 7:30 p.m. in the theater. The Symphony proudly bills itself as the "Orchestra at the Ocean," being the only year-round professional symphony orchestra on the Oregon Coast.

The Newport Symphony Orchestra, began in 1988, and is nationally recognized for their high caliber of musicians. They enhance the quality of life in Oregon’s coastal communities with diverse and inspirational performances, and engaging educational activities.

The performance will be led by Adam Flat, NSO's music director since 2007. Flat first led the NSO as a guest in 1998. After a subsequent appearance in 2006 he was invited to assume the leadership of the orchestra, a search process that involved over 150 candidates.   

Flat's busy career reflects his versatility and demand; in addition to his familiar presence in Newport he devotes time to Tuscaloosa, Ala., where he has been Music Director of the Tuscaloosa Symphony since 2011. His base is in Denver where he holds the same position with the Colorado Ballet and the Rocky Mountain West’s premier community orchestra, the Denver Philharmonic. Also he's a guest conductor for orchestras across the United States sharing his musicianship and tirelessly advocating for the arts.

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Flat will introduce an exciting emerging artist, clarinetist Narek Arutyunian, to the Florence stage, showcasing Hyden's Symphony no 26 "Lamentatione," Wagner's "Good  Friday Spell" from Parsifal, Mozart's Clarinet Concerto K.622 and Franz Liszt's Symphonic Poem No. 3 Les Preludes.

Tickets, $32 for adults or $10 for students under 18, are available at the FEC Box Office or online at

Seacoast Entertainment Association is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit which has been bringing entertainment to the Oregon Coast since 1980.