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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