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Ernest Bloch, born in 1880, was a famous composer who once lived in Agate Beach, which is now part of Newport. The Ernest Bloch Memorial Wayside in north Newport honors Bloch’s memory, and a new Ernest Bloch Place sign will be unveiled this Sunday.

The Lincoln County Historical Society Ernest Bloch Legacy Committee will be unveiling the new Ernest Bloch Place sign in the Ernest Bloch Memorial Wayside at 2 p.m. this Sunday, Oct. 3. Ernest Bloch Place is located in north Newport, just south of Roby’s Furniture & Appliance. A reception at the Agate Beach Golf Course will follow the unveiling ceremony.

When the Ernest Bloch Memorial Wayside was dedicated in July 2018, the signage was not in place. Sunday’s event will be used as an opportunity to look ahead to the Sesquicentennial of Ernest Bloch in 2030.

Ernest Bloch Place was completed in the summer of 2018 and includes the 1976 Ernest Bloch Memorial (dedicated by Oregon’s Governor Straub and Bloch’s three children); the 2018 memorial and matching stone benches created by Kelly Barker; and the interpretive sign created by Newport Signs. The city of Newport installed the concrete pad, and Central Lincoln PUD arranged to have the site lighted in the evenings. 

Composer Ernest Bloch was born in 1880 and lived until 1959. He and his wife purchased a house in Agate Beach in 1941, several hundred feet from Ernest Bloch Place. Ernest Bloch was born in Geneva, Switzerland. His career brought him to New York City in 1916, to the Cleveland Institute of Music in 1920, to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 1925, and back to Switzerland for a lengthy sabbatical in 1930. He returned to the United States in 1939. During each summer from his return from war-torn Europe and for over a decade, he returned to UC Berkeley to deliver a series of lectures until his retirement in 1952. Today, there are Ernest Bloch societies in the U.K., Israel, Switzerland and the U.S., as well as educational activities in Japan and China. 

For more information, contact Dr. Frank Jo Maitland Geltner at 541-961-1482 or fgeltner@ernestbloch.org.

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