Music on Wheels!

April 28 is Hollywood District Day for Classical Up Close. At 1:00, Associate Concertmaster Peter Frajola, Assistant Principal Flute Alicia Paulsen and indispensable pianist-about-town Cary Lewis will be at Rose City Park Presbyterian Church (1907 NE 45th Ave, Portland) for a blitz. Meals on Wheels is a cause close to Alicia’s heart, who has volunteered at this location.

At 7:30 in the evening, St Michael and all Angels Church hosts a sumptuous program of FREE chamber music. Luscious French pieces for flute and piano, a crown jewel of the viola repertoire,  a profound classic for horn and piano, and more delicious French music for woodwinds — all brilliantly played by Oregon Symphony musicians and two of the area’s finest pianists…You don’t want to miss this one!

 

ST MICHAEL and All ANGELS CHURCH
April 28, 2015
7:30 pm

Après un rêve, Op. 7 No. 1 Gabriel Fauré Morceau de concours (1845–1924)

Odelette, Op. 162 Camille Saint-Saëns
(1835–1921)

Alicia Paulsen, flute
Cary Lewis, piano

Viola Sonata No. 2 in E-flat Major, Op. 120 No. 2 Johannes Brahms
Allegro amabile (1833–1897)
Allegro appassionato
Andante con moto – allegro – piu tranquillo

Charles Noble, viola
Susan Smith, piano

INTERMISSION

Horn Sonata in F Major Paul Hindemith
Mässig bewegt (1895–1963)
Ruhig bewegt
Lebhaft

Joseph Berger, horn
Susan Smith, piano

Trois pièces brèves Jacques Ibert
Allegro (1890–1962)
Andante
Assez lent – Allegro scherzando

Alicia Paulsen, flute
Martin Hébert, oboe
Mark Dubac, clarinet
Carin Miller Packwood, bassoon
Alicia Waite, horn

Alicia one year ago today playing for the Meals on Wheels community at Rose City Park Presbyterian Church

Alicia one year ago today playing for the Meals on Wheels community at Rose City Park Presbyterian Church

Full house in NE Portland!

Yesterday’s concert at Maranatha Church in NE Portland was a sensational start to the full-length concert series! It started with a pre-concert performance of side-by-side quartets from the Oregon Symphony and Bravo Youth Orchestras. These young musicians have only been playing for 18 months!

 

There were about 250 people in attendance for a concert that included many special moments:  Joël and Inés played a birthday present commission, and the composer was there to answer questions; Greg and Susan played a sentimental favorite, arranged by the composer for his teacher; Ken and Cary had the everyone purring with the warm, lyrical strains of Brahms; China Forbes sent spirits soaring with four glorious arias beautifully arranged by Evan for himself on piano — multi-talented guy! — and Sarah (CLUC Maestro) and Kyle, who also MC’d; the effervescent Trout Quintet by Schubert, played by Inés, Joël, Nancy, Don and Susan sent everyone on their way humming the beloved melody.

There are some photos by Joe Cantrell below, but first a reminder that we have a blitz today at Concordia University’s George R. White Library and Learning Center. Lots of people playing: Sarah Kwak, Val Phillips, Chien Tan, Inés Voglar, Joël Belgique, Charles Noble, Nancy Ives, Trevor Fitzpatrick, Joh McCullough-Benner, Zachariah Galatis, Todd Kuhns, Evan Kuhlmann, and Carol Rich. No full-length Classical Up Close concert tonight. If you’re craving a musical experience this evening, come to the Schnitz for a beautiful program with the Oregon Symphony!

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Music amongst the stacks!

The Oregon Symphony had a dress rehearsal this morning for tonight’s concert featuring the radiant Second Symphony of Brahms and violinist Karen Gomyo playing the beloved Mendelssohn Concerto, but that didn’t stop the Classical Up Close crew from dashing over to Powell’s City of Books on Burnside. Oregon Symphony violinists Shin-Young Kwon and Ryan Lee and violist Jennifer Arnold delighted a standing-room-only crowd with the sprightly Dvorak Terzetto. Pictures below!

 

There aren’t any blitzes tomorrow — no, there’s our first full-length concert of the festival at 4:00 PM at Maranatha Church in NE Portland! We’ve posted about this one already, because we’re excited to have a dear friend of the Oregon Symphony joining us: Pink Martini front-woman China Forbes, singing some of her favorite arias with world-premiere accompaniments arranged by Oregon Symphony bassoonist Evan Kuhlmann. If you missed that post, go here for more details. We’ll also have a pre-concert side-by-side at 3:30 with a group of young musicians from Bravo Youth Orchestras, shown below playing with Mousai Remix. Add in warm and sweet selections by Bolcom, Brahms and Schubert along with a duet commissioned as a love letter, and you can be sure this concert will be full of delights! See you there!Bravo with Mousai Remix

 

 


SRO Terzetto at Powell's

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Off to a great start

Today was the official start of Classical Up Close 2015, with two blitzes on opposite sides of the metro area. There’s a blitz tomorrow, April 25 at 1:30 at Powell’s City of Books, where our very first event took place in 2013. The folks at Powell’s were among our very first community partners, enthusiastically inviting us into their stores to surprise their customers with live classical music. Fun!

 

Meanwhile, here are pictures from today’s blitzes at Beaverton City Library and American Legion Post #134. Thanks to Joe Cantrell for the photos!

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It all begins in a few days!

Monday night’s benefit at Tony Starlight Showroom was a big success, and it was exciting to see many folks in attendance who hadn’t been to a Classical Up Close concert before. We hope to see them again soon.

On Friday, April 24, we have two blitzes: Emily Cole (Violin), Charles Noble (Asst. Principal Viola) ad Trevor Fitzpatrick (Cello) will play at Beaverton City Library at 2:00, and Erin Furbee (Asst. Concertmaster) and Dan Cloutier (Acting Principal Trombone) will be at the American Legion Post #134 at 5:00. April 25 will find Shin-Young Kwon (Violin), Ryan Lee (Violin) and Jennifer Arnold (Viola) at Powell’s City of Books on West Burnside at 1:30.

Let me tell you details of the program at our first full-length concert: After a prelude performance by young musicians from Bravo Youth Orchestras alongside Oregon Symphony players, the concert begins with a captivating work by a PSU professor that was commissioned by Principal Viola Joël Belgique as a gift for his wife, Assistant Principal Second Violin Inés Voglar. Sweet! The always witty Greg Ewer will share the work of a kindred spirit, American composer Wm. Bolcom. Susan Smith, Professor of Piano at Lewis and Clark College, is one of two pianists helping us out on this concert. (Thanks, Susan and Cary!) Cary is a CLUC stalwart, and will be joining cellist Ken Finch for the highly Romantic first movement of this beloved Brahms sonata.

The second half is graced by a very special guest, Pink Martini front-woman China Forbes, who will be sharing her love of opera with us, accompanied with brand new arrangements by bassoonist Evan Kuhlmann. Multi-talented guy! We’ll close out the program with two movements of the glorious Trout Quintet, probably the most beloved chamber work that includes the bass. See you there!

MARANATHA CHURCH
APRIL 26, 2015
4 pm“Somewhere Like You, My Darling” by Bonnie Miksch (b. 1970)
Inés Voglar, violin
Joël Belgique, violaGraceful Ghost Rag by William Bolcom (b. 1938)

Gregory Ewer, violin
Susan Smith, piano

Cello Sonata in E Minor, Op. 38 by Johannes Brahms 
Allegro non troppo

Kenneth Finch, cello
Cary Lewis, piano

INTERMISSION

“Vissi d’arte” from Tosca by G.Puccini, arr.Kuhlmann

“Signore ascolta” from Turandot  (also Puccini/Kuhlmann)
“Casta Diva” from Norma by V. Bellini, arr. Kuhlmann 
“Song to the Moon” from Rusalka by A.Dvořák, arr. Kuhlmann
China Forbes, soprano
Sarah Kwak, violin
Kyle Mustain, English horn
Evan Kuhlmann, piano“Trout” Piano Quintet in A Major, D. 667, by F.Schubert  
Tema: Andantino – Allegretto
Finale: Allegro giusto

Susan Smith, piano
Inés Voglar, violin
Joël Belgique, viola
Nancy Ives, cello
Don Hermanns, double bass

We start with a bang tomorrow!

The festival of free musical events that is Classical Up Close begins with two Blitzes on April 24 — check out the whole schedule here! — but we have a first-time-ever benefit performance tomorrow, Monday April 20,  at the Tony Starlight Showroom. We’ve pulled out all the stops for this: A unique and witty potpourri of brass quintet pieces, original pieces for percussion quartet, and the magnificent Mendelssohn Octet for strings, led by Oregon Symphony Concertmaster Sarah Kwak. The performers are all-stars, the venue is festive and comfortable, All-Classical host Christa Wessel will host, and there will be food and drink available. This is a very unusual opportunity to hear world-class chamber music in a supper club! You can see from the rehearsal photo below that it will a classy and intimate setting.

Rehearsal at Tony Starlight's Showroom

Rehearsal at Tony Starlight’s Showroom

As always, Oregon Symphony musicians are donating their time and talent as their gift to the community, and we are joined for this event by Christa Wessel, who is a fan of Classical Up Close. Plus, Tony Starlight himself will be on hand and is donating his Showroom for the evening. (Thanks, Christa and Tony!) We have a lot of generous community partners who make the free concerts possible, but there are still production costs, and proceeds from this event will help us keep Classical Up Close FREE. There are still seats available for the dinner and show package, or for general seating! Details HERE.

 

Here’s a picture of the cool program:

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Special guest China Forbes on April 26!

Classical Up Close 2015 is less than a month away, so it’s time to start telling you more about what we’ll be bringing to you! First up: an exciting announcement about a special guest on our first full-length concert at Maranatha Church on April 26.

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China Forbes photo credit: Kathleen Nyberg

 

Did you know that Pink Martini’s Ivy League-smart diva-next-door China Forbes loves opera? And sings it? Beautifully!?  China has chosen three of her favorite arias, one each from Tosca and Turandot by Puccini and from Norma by Bellini, and will be accompanied by Oregon Symphony musicians playing world-premiere arrangements by our own Evan Kuhlmann. Last December, she performed some of her favorites with the Portland State University Orchestra, and will be reprising two of those in these new arrangements plus giving her first public performance of another.

China says, “I can’t wait to premiere a new aria with members of the Oregon Symphony in the intimate venue Maranatha Church!  Plus a few other old favorites.  Opera is addictive!”

With her busy touring schedule, this is a rare opportunity to hear one of our favorite singers in full classical voice, up close!

 

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We are fortunate to have wonderful friends who join us in these performances to help spread the word about classical music and the importance of the Oregon Symphony in our community.

If you’re a fan of the supper club experience, be sure to check out our benefit at Tony Starlight’s Showroom on April 20!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

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

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

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

 

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

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.