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Neskowin Chamber Music

Locals know a place where the surf meets the music on the south Tillamook Coast. What started out as a WWII horse barn turned chapel, is now the venue for the Neskowin Chamber Music series. Currently in its 21st season, this gem of a series brings chamber musicians from all of the world to its intimate (150 seats), oceanfront venue. The sweet all-wooden building, with acclaimed acoustics, contains a small two-tiered stage only big enough to hold nine performers and a seven-foot grand piano. Many of the greats have performed here — from the Emerson String Quartet to David Finckel and Wu Han—and all report loving the intimacy of having the audience basically in their laps.

Here’s an insider’s secret: although the series consistently sells out, anyone who arrives at the door on the day of the concert will get a seat. Show up at 2:30 p.m. — the concert starts at 3 p.m. (yes, admission also includes incredible home-baked cookies and coffee). The venue is on Winema Road, approximately three miles north of Neskowin on Highway 101 — don’t drive too fast or you’ll miss it. Look for the A-board that says “Concert Today.” In all these 21 years, that important little sign hasn’t been stolen.

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Lorraine Ortiz
Lorraine Ortiz has made her home at the Art Ranch, in Nehalem on the rural Tillamook Coast for the last 25 years. Her passion for the arts, writing and the environment continue to shape her work and her life choices.