Ready…Set…Go!

Classical Up Close 2014 starts tomorrow, Friday, April 18. Strains of Ravel will waft through the stacks at Powell’s on Burnside at 1:00. The principal strings of the Oregon Symphony — Sarah, Chien, Joël and Nancy — will be in the 3rd floor Basil-Halwood Art Gallery playing one of the most beloved works for string quartet. We will have flyers with information about the series, and magnets. Yes, swag! Hope to see you there!

Here’s a performance of the 4th movement from February in a lovely Pearl District home:

 

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Classical Up Close in Lake Oswego on May 2

The finale of Classical Up Close 2014 will be on May 2 at 7:30 at Lake Grove Presbyterian Church, 4040 Sunset Drive, Lake Oswego, Oregon 97035. Lake Grove Presbyterian was a community partner last year, and we are thrilled to be back in their sanctuary, which is so ideal for a concert. Please note that in addition to some rarely heard gems, there are a couple of repeats on this program from other programs — of course, you might want to hear them again!

This event will include a performance by a chamber group from Metropolitan Youth Symphony at 6:30!

 

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Program:


J. Stephenson—Glimmers of Hope for Trumpet and Organ
Jeff Work, trumpet Jeffrey Wood, organ

S. Prokofiev—Sonata for Two Violins
Shin-Young Kwon and Ruby Chen, violins

C. Nielsen—Serenato in Vano
Todd Kuhns, clarinet Evan Kuhlmann, bassoon
Joe Berger, horn Trevor Fitzpatrick, cello
Jeff Johnson, bass

Intermission

F. Schubert—Cello Quintet (First movement):
Julie Coleman and Ruby Chen, violins
Silu Fei, viola Trevor Fitzpatrick, cello
Kate Munagian, bass

D. Mancini—Keiko’s Samba for Four Cellos, Bass, and Percussion
Trevor Fitzpatrick, Marilyn de Oliveira, Ken Finch
Gayle Budd O’Grady, cellos
Ted Botsford, bass
Sergio Carreno, Michael Roberts, Jonathan Greeney, percussion

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Classical Up Close in NE Portland on May 1

At 7:30 on Thursday May, we’ll be presenting the penultimate concert of Classical Up Close 2014 at Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church1704 NE 43rd Avenue Portland, Oregon 97213. Continuing the trend of flute fabulousness, Alicia will play Bach and Piazzolla. Maurice Ravel is well-represented this year, with half of Mousai Remix delighting us with his scrumptious Duo for violin and cello.  Kyle is not only MC for every evening concert, he’ll be playing some delightful Beethoven with Marty and Karen (our entire wonderful oboe section!). Just look at the description below for “Keiko’s Samba” and you won’t want to miss it!

 

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Program:
J.S. Bach—Partita in A minor
A. Piazzolla—Tango Etude
Alicia DiDonato Paulsen, flute

M. Ravel—Duo for Violin and Cello
Shin-young Kwon, violin Marilyn de Oliveira, cello

L.V. Beethoven—Variations on Mozart’s “La ci darem la Mano” from Don Giovanni for Two Oboes and English Horn
Marty Hebert, Karen Wagner, oboi
Kyle Mustain, English Horn

D. Mancini—Keiko’s Samba for Four Cellos, Bass, and Percussion
Trevor Fitzpatrick, Marilyn de Oliveira, Ken Finch, Gayle Budd O’Grady, celli
Ted Botsford, bass
Sergio Carreno, Michael Roberts, Jon Greeney, percussion

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Classical Up Close in NW Portland on April 30

On Wednesday, April 30 at 7:30 PM, Classical Up Close will present a FREE concert at Congregation Beth Israel, 1972 NW Flanders Street, Portland, Oregon 97209. Rumor has it that one of the composers will be in attendance. (Hint: He’s a good friend of OSO Principal Trumpet Jeff Work!) This special treat will be followed by delicious French flute music, courtesy of OSO Principal Flute Jess SIndell, and you really don’t want to miss the chance to hear what happens when an unusual grouping of flute, viola and bass make music together. The concert will be complete once we’ve heard some quintessential Brahms. It doesn’t get any better than that!

 

J. Stephenson—Glimmers of Hope for Trumpet and Organ
Jeff Work, trumpet Jeffrey Wood, organ

J. Stephenson—Vignettes for Trumpet and Percussion
Jeff Work, trumpet Sergio Carreno, percussion

G. Faure—Morceau de Concours
Ibert—Entracte for Flute and Piano
Jessica Sindell, flute

E. Schulhoff—Concertino for Flute, Viola, and Bass
Zach Galatis, flute Kenji Bunch, viola Ted Botsford, bass

J. Brahms—Horn Trio, Op. 40
Greg Ewer, violin Joe Berger, horn Monica Ohuchi, piano

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Classical Up Close in SE Portland on April 29

On April 29 at 7:30, we will be presenting a FREE concert at Saint David of Wales church, 2800 SE Harrison Street, Portland, OR 97214. If you enjoy the Bach Brandenburg concertos, you will enjoy the Gamba Sonata played on cello and piano by Nancy and Carol. Inés and Michael will play a virtuoso work by Portland native Kenji Bunch and the rest of the program will celebrate the wind instruments with two — count ‘em,  two! — bassoons playing together and a masterpiece for violin, clarinet and piano by the great Bela Bartok. All in a convenient SE Portland location!

 

J.S. Bach—Gamba Sonata No. 3 in G Major for Cello and Piano 
Nancy Ives, cello Carol Rich, piano

K. Bunch—Paraphraseology
Inés Voglar, violin Michael Roberts, marimba

J. Boismortier—Duo for Two Bass Instruments
Carin Miller Packwood and Adam Trussell, bassoons

B. Bartok—Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano
Emily Cole, violin Louis DiMartino, clarinet Susan Smith, piano

 

Adam Trussel and Inés Voglar

 

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Special Event on April 23 in Brunish Hall at PCPA

Courtesy of Niel DePonte, here are the exciting details about the special event he has created for Classical Up Close!

 

A Very Special Classical Up Close Performance Produced By
The Musicians of the Oregon Symphony and MetroArts Inc

EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT CLASSICAL MUSIC BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK! (ALMOST)

Featuring Principal Percussionist Niel DePonte and OPB’s April Baer

Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 7:30-9:00 PM FREE

BRUNISH HALL (4TH FLOOR),
AT THE NEWMARK THEATER BUILDING, PORTLAND’5 CENTERS FOR THE ARTS
1111 SW BROADWAY, PORTLAND. (ENTER ON PARK STREET)

HAVE YOU BEEN DYING TO ASK QUESTIONS OF SYMPHONY MUSICIANS ALL THESE YEARS? WAITING FOR THEM TO ANSWER BURNING QUESTIONS SUCH AS:

Is there really someone who just plays the triangle? (It doesn’t seem too hard to me…)

Do the brass players really empty the spit out of their instruments on stage?

When am I supposed to clap?

IF YOU ANSWERED “YES!!!!” THEN THIS IS THE SHOW FOR YOU!

FEATURING OREGON SYMPHONY MUSICIANS

VIOLINIST PETER FRAJOLA (ASSOCIATE CONCERTMASTER) JEFF WORK (PRINCIPAL TRUMPET)
TED BOTSFORD (ACTING PRINCIPAL BASS)
INES VOGLAR (ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL 2ND VIOLIN)

NIEL DEPONTE (PRINCIPAL PERCUSSIONIST) MICHAEL ROBERTS (PERCUSSION)
KATE MUNAGIAN (BASS)
ZACH GALATIS (PICCOLO/FLUTE)

These fabulous musicians will be peppered with your questions by OPB radio host April Baer. It’s a fun evening of fast paced Q&A complete with a timing clock and various sorts of answers, most of them serious.

 

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WORKS ON THE PROGRAM INCLUDE:

Bach, Corrente, from Partita No. 2 for Violin PETER FRAJOLA

Telemann, Canon for Trumpet and Violin PETER FRAJOLA, JEFF WORK

David Anderson, Bass Duets,
TED BOTSFORD/KATE MUNAGIAN

Kenji Bunch, Paraphraseology,
INES VOGLAR/MICHAEL ROBERTS

Telemann, Piccolo Fantasias ZACH GALATIS

How To Be A Conductor NIEL DePONTE

JOIN US FOR A FUN EVENING AND FIND OUT EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT CLASSICAL MUSIC BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK! (ALMOST) WEDNESDAY APRIL 23, 7:30, Brunish Hall. 

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Classical Up Close heading for Beaverton on April 27. This one is at 4:00!

The Oregon Symphony has a concert at 7:30 on Saturday, April 26, so there won’t be an evening concert for Classical Up Close that day, but we have a thrilling program on Sunday, April 27 at 4:00 at Cedar Hills United Church of Christ (11695 SW Park Way, Portland, OR 97225. FREE, of course! The program starts with a composition by our own Sergio Carreno. Next, you get to hear how sophisticated and fun bass and bassoon can be, courtesy of two of the finest practitioners of those instruments. After intermission, the dynamic women of the truly excellent string quartet Mousai Remix  will play the music of two powerful composers, Shostakovich and Schubert.

 

S. Carreno—Alchemy
Lisbeth Dreier, violin Sergio Carreno, percussion

W. A. Mozart—Duo for Bass and Bassoon
E. Meyer—Canon for Bass and Bassoon
Ted Botsford, bass Evan Kuhlmann, bassoon

INTERMISSION

D. Shostakovich—String Quartet No. 11
Mousai Remix

F. Schubert—String Quartet in G Major, First Mvt.
Mousai Remix (Shin-young Kwon and Emily Cole, violins
Jennifer Arnold, viola Marilyn de Oliveira, cello)

 

Marilyn and Evan answering audience questions at intermission in last year’s Classical Up Close concert in Sunnyside:

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Classical Up Close in West Linn on April 25

After last year’s packed house there, we’re back in West Linn at West Linn Lutheran Church (20390 Willamette Dr, West Linn, Oregon 97068) at 7:30 on Friday, April 25 with a truly unique program of FREE chamber music! Prepare to be dazzled by brilliant players of the highs and lows of the orchestra family — bass duo! piccolo! tuba! — and romanced by Sarah and Cary playing Grieg.

 

D. Anderson—Duos for Two Basses
Ted Botsford and Kate Munagian, basses

R. Beaser—Souvenirs for Piccolo and Piano
Zach Galatis, piccolo Carol Rich, piano

J. Koestier—Unterkagner Landler
Fumino Ando, violin JaTtik Clark, tuba

E. Grieg—Sonata in C minor, First Mvt. for violin and piano
Sarah Kwak, violin Cary Lewis, piano

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Classical Up Close in NE Portland on April 24

On April 24 at 7:30, Classical Up Close will present a FREE concert at Maranatha Church in NE Portland, at 4222 NE 12th Avenue, Portland Oregon 97211. This program includes witty percussion pieces, a sparkling violin and bassoon duo, and the sumptuous Ravel String Quartet performed by Oregon Symphony principal strings.

 

S. Carreno—Alchemy
Lisbeth Dreier, violin Sergio Carreno, percussion

Paganini—Duo No. 2 for Violin and Bassoon
Shin-young Kwon, violin Evan Kuhlmann, bassoon

S. Carreno—Nielandia for Four Percussionists
Niel DePonte, Michael Roberts, Jon Greeney, Sergio Carreno, percussion

M. Ravel—String Quartet in F Major
Sarah Kwak and Chien Tan, violins
Joel Belgique, viola Nancy Ives, cello

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Reed College concert program on April 22

The first evening event in Classical Up Close 2014 is at Reed College’s beautiful Eliot Hall Chapel, on April 22 at 7:30 PM. (FREE)  The program is a delight, with rarely offered musical treats which take inspiration from popular styles, and a glorious French sonata with Concertmaster Sarah Kwak and pianist extraordinaire Cary Lewis.

 

Bach/Desenne arr. Voglar—Allemande in D minor con Pajarillo

Ines Voglar, violin Sergio Carreno, percussion

 

arr. Edgar Meyer—Green Groves of Erin/The Flowers of Red Hill

Meyer/O’Connor—Druid Fluid, Trio for Violin, Viola, and Bass

Emily Cole, violin Marissa Winship, viola, Ted Botsford, bass

 

C. Franck—Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano

Sarah Kwak, violin Cary Lewis, piano

 

Here’s a performance of Druid Fluid to entice you!

 

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