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Gonzaga Symphony Orchestra Presents Spring Program March 6 at The Fox

Posted on February 28, 2017 in: Academics, Arts, Events, Music, Spotlight, Students


Features Winners of Young Artists’ Concerto Competition

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Gonzaga Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kevin Hekmatpanah, will present its spring program, featuring the Gonzaga student winners of the Young Artists’ Concerto Competition, at 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 6 at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox (1001 W. Sprague Ave.).

The featured soloists will be clarinetist Bethany Beekly, a Gonzaga senior, performing the Spohr Clarinet Concerto No. 1 and freshman Shelby Damron performing the Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5.  The concert will conclude with Rachmaninoff’s powerful and romantic Symphony No. 2. Admission is $14 and $10 for non-GU students and seniors. This performance is free to GU faculty, students and staff.

Tickets are available by calling (509) 624-1200 or by visiting the ticket office at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox.  For more information about this or other Gonzaga Music Department concerts, please call (509) 313-6733 or visit the orchestra’s website at

Beekly began playing the clarinet in the third grade, and music has been a fixture in her life since. While living in Seattle, she played in the Eckstein Middle School Wind Ensemble, the Holy Names Academy Orchestra, the Greenwood Concert Band, the Northwest Clarinet Choir, the All-City Clarinets and the All-City Clarinet Quartet. At Gonzaga, she has played in the Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, and various chamber ensembles. Beekly will graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in biology, research concentration, and a minor in chemistry. She plans to begin a doctorate in neuroscience this coming fall.

Damron, who is majoring in business administration with minors in French and music, has been playing violin for 13 years. This is her first semester in the Gonzaga Symphony Orchestra. She was a member of the Suzuki Violin Tour Group in Edwardsville, Illinois, from 2009-2013. She played violin with the Tour Group in Spain and Ireland. After moving to Reno, Nevada, in 2013, Damron played violin for three years as a member of the Reno Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestra and performed at Carnegie Hall in 2016. She has also played in the Nevada All-State Orchestra for two years. After Gonzaga, Damron plans to attend law school.

For more information, visit or call (509) 624-1200.

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