As of Tuesday, December 5, 2017
A holiday treat awaits downtown shoppers and passing motorists as members of the Columbia Gorge Sinfonietta will hold a special curbside performance, and unique ribbon-cutting event, Dec. 6 at 12:15 p.m.
Four trombonists have formed an impromptu quartet to honor a special moment for the Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association, according to a press release: they will be playing under the Christmas tree at Second and State in Hood River. Hugh Amick, Aaron Eckert, Bob Smith and Ed Price are all accomplished trombonists who play with the Sinfonietta, one of the artistic groups of the CGOA, and promise to offer uplifting seasonal sounds. Ambassadors from The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce will be on hand for the ribbon cutting. As with Hood River Chamber, The Dalles offers the ribbon cutting ceremony to all new chamber members from throughout the Gorge area.
CGOA has long been a member of the Hood River Chamber of Commerce, but the performing groups draw both ensemble and audience members from throughout the Columbia River Gorge. In an effort to honor their ties to the entire Gorge community, CGOA has become a member of several area chambers, including The Dalles. CGOA ensembles include the Sinfonietta, the Voci community choir, Stages Theater Company, and the Jazz Collective Big Band. Part of the vision of CGOA is to enrich the cultural life for all Gorge residents, so joining the The Dalles Chamber was a natural extension of their overall mission, stated the press release.