Composer and cellist Joseph HarchankoThe orchestra opened its February 12, 2017 performance with a chamber symphony work entitled Three Places in Oregon composed in 2008 by Salem cellist and composer, Dr. Joseph Harchanko, pictured at right. The piece was revised specially for this performance. Its three movements, Painted Hills, Cape Foulweather, and Wizard Island, were inspired by three diverse Oregon landscapes.

This was followed by Cello Concerto No. 1  by Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 – 1921), composed in 1872, featuring Dr. Harchanko on cello.

After intermission, the orchestra performed the lovely Symphony No. 1  by Jean Sibelius (1865 – 1957).