Aaron Meyer will rock Newberg with violin
Concert rock violinist Aaron Meyer can mesmerize his audiences with his cutting-edge musical style that was inspired from his world travels. Meyer was an original band member of Pink Martini and recorded on the album "Sympathique," which sold more than a million copies worldwide.
Meyer will conduct two performances in Newberg, including one at Newberg High School that will benefit Newberg Young Life in partnership with the Newberg strings program. The second performance will take place at the Chehalem Cultural Center for Team Pink, a team of volunteers at the Providence Foundation.
This is the second year that Meyer will perform at NHS to help raise funds for Young Life, a nonprofit Christian organization.
"We would like to raise $5,000 for the evening," said Kathy Caffall, a Young Life board member in Newberg. "Camp usually costs about $600 to $700 for one student and we are expecting around 300 people and maybe more. So, that will help a lot of kids. …
"We had probably 100 people show up last year. It snowed last year, the first snow of the season. It was unfortunate, but it still was a great evening." Caffall. We love Aaron, he loves kids and he's very giving. Very charismatic and kind hearted."
There will also be items for a silent auction: Meyers donates violin lessons and tickets to some of his concerts. Coffee, hot chocolate and cookies will be served as well.
All proceeds from the second concert will benefit Providence Newberg Health Foundation — a nonprofit that benefits Providence Newberg Medical Center. Team Pink officials are hoping to raise funds for a $500,000 3D mammography machine for PNMC.
"3D mammography is the newest technology in breast cancer detection. This new tool allows for clearer and more detailed images — enhancing earlier detection. It literally will save lives!" said Dianna Fisher, executive director Providence Newberg Health Foundation.
"We are fortunate to have such a generous community and have raised a good percentage of the funds needed," she added. "We are hoping this event will help us raise the balance."
The technology is needed here as there is no access to 3D mammography currently in Newberg, according to Team Pink.
Wine tasting and appetizers will be served before the concert and a call for auction will occur during the event.
The Newberg concerts will include, "Holiday music mixed with a few non-holiday songs." Meyer said. "I will play a variety: "Bohemian Rhapsody," Led Zeppelin and some of my own music that is sort of like "Pirates of Caribbean" … revved up."
Meyer has released nine albums, including his latest, "Hang on to Your Pants," featuring Meyer's nine-piece band performing instrumental versions of timeless classic rock tunes.
The NHS concert is at 7 p.m. Wednesday (Dec. 6) in the auditorium. Tickets are $10 for students and $20 for adults at the door.
The Team Pink performance at the Chehalem Cultural Center is set for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13.