Last 2014 event tonight in Lake Oswego!

The finale of Classical Up Close 2014 is tonight, 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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Audience members taking advantage of the chance to sit UP CLOSE last year at Lake Grove

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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Dynamic duo! Shin and Marilyn playing Ravel last night

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Tonight, May 1, in NE Portland!

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 lineup below for “Keiko’s Samba”! Four members of the wonderful Oregon Symphony cello section, CLUC stalwart Ted Botsford on bass, and three fabulous percussionists — you don’t want to miss it!

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Marilyn DeOliveira and Shin-Young Kwon




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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Tonight in NW Portland

There are three more events in Classical Up Close 2014! Blitzes are done — and they were fun! — but there’s still plenty of music to be heard in neighborhoods around town.

Tonight, 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. If you’ve been to previous concerts, you may have already heard from Sergio, Carol, Zach, Ted, Greg or Kenji, so you know the stellar playing you’re in store for tonight! This program follows the trend we’ve had of presenting unusual works that we’re all glad to get to know, capped off by a beloved major piece we’re all glad to hear played by our fantastic Oregon Symphony players and our generous and superb friends, all of whom are donating their services to celebrate the Oregon Symphony’s presence in our community.

 

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; Carol Rich, piano

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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Today, 4/29, we appear at the MJCC and in SE Portland

On April 29 at 7:30, after a noontime Blitz by Nancy and Greg and the Mittleman Jewish Community Center in Hillsdale, 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 — a reprise from fEARnoMUSIC’s recent concert of Kenji’s music — 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, played by a stellar group with OSO’s own Emily Cole and two special guests. 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

Today 4/26 at 1:00, tomorrow at 4:00, both in Beaverton!

If you’re out Beaverton way, you might catch a pair of stellar Oregon Symphony musicians playing and chatting at Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing at 1 PM today, April 26.

Tomorrow, April 27,  Classical Up Close will be offering FREE chamber music at Cedar Hills United Church of Christ, Cedar Hills United Church of Christ, 11695 SW ParkWay, Beaverton. Please note that this “Evening Event” is at 4 PM!

This program will include a reprise of Sergio and Liz reprising their own personal composition. It’s a really cool piece! Here’s a tiny teaser:

Ted and Evan will be playing duos by Mozart and Edgar Meyer. Although separated by centuries, those two composers have in common that they are virtuoso performers who compose brilliantly! The pieces are an intriguing pairing, and so is Ted on bass and Evan on bassoon. They are both virtuosos in their own right!

The second half of the concert will feature Mousai Remix string quartet playing Shostakovitch and Schubert. Seriously, these ladies are hard-core quartet enthusiasts and thouroughly fabulous.

Jen Arnold, violist, in action with Mousai Remix

Jen Arnold, violist, in action with Mousai Remix

 

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Free concert at 7:30 in West Linn tonight, 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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Sarah and Cary playing Strauss at West Linn Lutheran last year

Blitz tomorrow:  Principal Trumpet Jeff Work and Associate Concertmaster Peter Frajola will be at Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Portland at 1:00 on April 26!

Peter at Beav Powells

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Tonight in NE Portland!

Come hear rare percussion gems and the Oregon Symphony principal strings playing Ravel at Maranatha Church! Tonight, 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.

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

Here’s a link to the last movement of the Ravel:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S62Nm5wI5Iw

Tonight! 4/23 at PCPA’s Brunish Hall with Niel DePonte and April Baer

A Very Special Classical Up Close Performance by the Oregon Symphony Musicians
EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT CLASSICAL MUSIC BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK! (ALMOST)
Featuring Principal Percussionist Niel DePonte and April Baer.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 7:30-9:00 PM
Brunish Hall (4th Floor), at the Newmark Theater Building, 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?  (Doesn’t seem to 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! 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), AND OTHERS, 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 HILARIOUS ANSWERS, MOST OF THEM SERIOUS.

 

WORKS ON THE PROGRAM INCLUDE:

Bach

Corrente, from Partita No. 2 for Violin

PETER FRAJOLA, violin

 

Telemann

Canon for Trumpet and Violin

PETER FRAJOLA, violin/JEFF WORK, trumpet

 

Bass Duets,

By, David Anderson

Ted Botsford and Kate Munagian, Bassists

 

Paraphraseology

By, Kenji Bunch

Ines Voglar, violin and Michael Roberts, marimba

            1. Prima Facie

            5. Status Quo

            6. Tempus Fugit

 

SOMETHING PLAYED BY ZACH GALATIS

“HOW TO BE A CONDUCTOR” BY, 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.

 

A premiere, a labor of love, and a brilliant duo!

The smiles and the echoes are rippling out from Reed College’s Eliot Chapel after the first evening concert of Classical Up Close 2014. Assistant Principal Second Violin Inés Voglar and Percussionist Sergio Carreno played the world premiere of their arrangement of Bach and Desenne blended with Venezuelan Parillo. It was spectacular!  Here’s the very end:

 

Next up was the dynamic trio of Violinist Emily Cole, Acting Principal Bass Ted Botsford, and Friend of the OSO violist Marissa Winship. They had their own transcription of selections by Edgar Meyer and Mark O’Connor from the Appalachia Waltz album. That means that they listened to it and wrote down every note! Labor of love, indeed. Here’s an excerpt near the end where they are seriously rockin’ out, fiddle style:

During intermission, folks had the chance to purchase “merch” to benefit the Oregon Symphony:

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After intermission, we were treated to a stellar performance of the Franck Violin Sonata by two of the finest musicians around, Oregon Symphony Concertmaster Sarah Kwak and pianist extraordinaire Cary Lewis.

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Tomorrow brings Principal Cellist Nancy Ives serenading the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office and an appearance appearance at Intel, followed by Principal Percussionist Niel DePonte answering all your burning questions about classical music. Hope to see you there!

Off to a great start! Plus what’s next…

Friday’s Blitz at Powell’s was a success. Lots of people joined us and there were some lively questions after we played. Just how we like it! Thanks to Joe Cantrell for these pictures from the Powell’s event.

The top picture shows Sarah, Chien and Nancy answering questions, and sporting the new t-shirts:

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Here we can see some young people enjoying Joël’s pizzicato:

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It was a good crowd!

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There are a couple of Blitzes on Monday, April 21, including Greg Ewer and friends in front of Portland City Hall at 1 PM (weather permitting) and an appearance by Peter, Marilyn and Trevor at the Columbia Sportswear Campus, also at 1 PM. That last one is not open to the public, but if you or someone you know works there, please help spread the word!

Tuesday starts with a Blitz by Peter Frajola and Vali Phillips at the OHSU Center for Health and Healing Atrium, and finishes with the beginning of the evening concert series. 

The 7:30 program at Reed on April 22 will begin with Bacharillo by Paul Desenne, Aldemaro Romero, J.S. Bach, specially arranged for Classical Up Close by Inés Voglar and Sergio Carreno. Based on the Venezuelan joropo “pajarillo” this piece is basically a potpurri of the different versions that Venezuelan composers P. Desenne (4th movement of his violin and piano sonata) and A. Romero (“Fuga con Pajarillo”) have written on the “Pajarillo” and sections of the D minor Partita by J.S. Bach.



Another piece of sophisticated music featuring folk inspirations is shown here in this rehearsal photo of Ted Botsford, Druid Fluid. He, Emily Cole, and Marissa Winship will also be performing on April 22 at Reed College. FREE.

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