Thursdays @ Three - Past Performances

Portland Opera with David Lang, Lara Downes and Imani Winds

July 27th, 2017

Portland Opera artists will present selections from their program featuring the works of David Lang: The Difficulty of Crossing a Field and The Little Match Girl Passion. They will be joined by renowned American pianist, writer and producer Lara Downes. Downes has been called “a delightful artist with a unique blend of musicianship and showmanship” by NPR. Known for her eclectic presentations of the piano repertoire – from iconic favorites to newly-commissioned works – her performances bridge musical genres and traditions, and engage a wide range of audiences. Since 1997 Imani Winds, the Grammy-nominated wind quintet, has taken a unique path carving out a distinct presence in the classical music world with its dynamic playing, culturally poignant programming, adventurous collaborations, and inspirational outreach programs. From Mendelssohn to Astor Piazzolla to Wayne Shorter and Stravinsky, Imani Winds seeks to engage new music and new voices into the modern classical idiom.

3:59 pm Red Clay and Mississippi Delta, Valerie Coleman, Imani Winds

3:52 pm Le Tombeau de Couperin, Maurice Ravel, arr. Mason Jones, Imani Winds

3:46 pm Titilayo, Jeff Scott, Imani Winds

3:40 pm – The Difficulty of Crossing a Field: 1st half of Scene 4, David Lang, Martin Bakari (BoySam), tenor; Lisa Williamson (Virginia Creeper), soprano; Laila Murphy; Nicole Mitchell; Ernest Jackson Jr.; Damien Geter; Evan Paul piano

3:26 pm The Difficulty of Crossing a Field: Mrs. Williamson’s opening song, David Lang, Hannah Penn, Mezzo-soprano; Evan Paul, piano

3:19 pm Shenandoah, Traditional, Lara Downes, piano

3:10 pm Poems of the Sea, Ernest Bloch, Lara Downes, piano

3:02 pm Deep River, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Lara Downes, piano

Tara Helen O’Connor and Daniel Schlosberg

July 20th, 2017

This program will feature Chamber Music Northwest participants Tara Helen O’Connor and Daniel Schlosberg. Flutist Tara Helen O’Connor is a charismatic performer noted for her artistic depth, brilliant technique and colorful tone spanning every musical era. Recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and a two-time Grammy nominee, she is now a Season Artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. O’Connor is a member of several ensembles and is Associate Professor of Flute, Head of the Woodwinds Department and the Coordinator of Classical Music Studies at Purchase College School of the Arts Conservatory of Music. The music of composer and pianist Daniel Schlosberg has been performed by such groups as the Dover Quartet and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and his work has been described as “witty” and “ingenious” by the Wall Street Journal. Schlosberg holds a BA from Yale University and is pursuing his DMA at the Yale School of Music. He co-founded the composer-performer ensemble Invisible Anatomy, is co-Music-Director of Heartbeat Opera and a core member of the chamber ensemble Cantata Profana.

3:27 pm Flute Sonata in E-flat Major, BWV 1031, Johann Sebastian Bach, Tara Helen O’Connor, flute; Daniel Schlosberg, piano

3:19 pm Where Beauty Dwells, Op. 21 No. 7, Sergei Rachmaninoff (trans. Earl Wild), Daniel Schlosberg, piano

3:08 pm Fantasy on Themes from Turn of the Screw, Benjamin Britten (arr. Schlosberg), Daniel Schlosberg, piano

3:01 pm Widmung (Dedication), Robert Schumann (trans. Franz Liszt), Daniel Schlosberg, piano

OSO principals Martin Hébert and Nancy Ives, and David Saffert

July 13th, 2017

Join Robert McBride for a program featuring Oregon Symphony’s principal cellist Nancy Ives and principal oboist Martin Hébert. Ives has performed on the program many times, and will be returning to to perform solos and duets with Hébert. Hébert has served as the principal oboe of the Oregon Symphony since his appointment in 2006. Previously, he held that position with the Florida Orchestra, the Savannah Symphony Orchestra, and the Mexico City Philharmonic. The two principals will be joined by pianist David Saffert.

3:43 pm Bach à la Jazz, Benoît Charest, David Saffert, piano

3:37 pm Double Concerto in C minor, BWV 1060R, Johann Sebastian Bach, Martin Hébert, oboe; Paloma Griffin Hébert, violin; Nancy Ives, cello

3:25 pm Six Metamorphoses after Ovid for Oboe Solo, Op. 49, Benjamin Britten, Martin Hébert, oboe

3:16 pm Fancy on a Bach Air, John Corigliano, Nancy Ives, cello

3:05 pm Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009, Johann Sebastian Bach, Nancy Ives, cello

3:01 pm Ricercar No. 5 in C Major, Domenico Gabrielli, Nancy Ives, cello

Portland Opera and CMNW

July 6th, 2017

The Portland Opera gives a preview of their upcoming production of Mozart’s beloved Cosi fan Tutti. “Mozart’s last and wisest Italian comic opera.” – Los Angeles Times

And composer and violist Thula Ngwenyama, in town for appearances with Chamber Music Northwest, performs her piece Sonoran Storm. For full program notes, visit the Chamber Music Northwest website.

3:39 pm Così fan tutte: Un’aura amorosa (A loving breath), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Aaron Short, tenor (Ferrando); Nicholas Fox, piano

3:31 pm Così fan tutte: Il core vi dono (I give you my heart), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Kate Farrar, mezzo-soprano (Dorabella); Ryan Thorn, baritone (Guglielmo); Nicholas Fox, piano

3:25 pm Così fan tutte: Soave sia il vento (may the wind be gentle), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Antonia Tamer, soprano (Fiordiligi); Kate Farrar, mezzo-soprano (Dorabella); Daniel Mobbs, bass-baritone (Don Alfonso); Nicholas Fox, piano

3:08 pm Sonoran Storm, Nokuthula Ngwenyama, Nokuthula Ngwenyama, viola

3:02 pm Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008, Johann Sebastian Bach, Nokuthula Ngwenyama, viola

Willamette Valley Chamber Music Festival preview

June 29th, 2017

The Willamette Valley Chamber Music Festival is a dynamic new festival of classical music concerts in Oregon wine country.  Founded by violinist Sasha Callahan, cellist Leo Eguchi and Eve Callahan with a focus on presenting the world’s greatest masterpieces along side the Willamette Valley’s world class wine; it is the Festival’s mission to celebrate, educate and enrich the lives Oregon and the Willamette Valley communities through the performance and presentation of music.

3:02 pm String Quartet in F Major, Op. 18, No.1, Ludwig van Beethoven, Allegro con brio and Adagio affettuoso ed appassionato, Willamette Valley Chamber Music Festival, Sasha Callahan, violin; Greg Ewer, violin; Kenji Bunch, viola; Leo Eguchi, cello

3:23 pm Pleasant Moments, Scott Joplin, Susan McDaniel, piano

3:27 pm Suite for Two, Andy Stein, Waltz, Sasha Callahan, violin; Leo Eguchi, cello

3:33 pm Violin Sonata in F Major, Op.5, No.4, Arcangelo Corelli, Adagio and Allegro, Sasha Callahan, violin; Leo Eguchi, cello

3:41 pm Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout, Gabriela Lena Frank, Coqueteos, Willamette Valley Chamber Music Festival, Sasha Callahan, violin; Greg Ewer, violin; Kenji Bunch, viola; Leo Eguchi, cello

DUO Stephanie and Saar

June 22nd, 2017

Pianists Stephanie Ho and Saar Ahuvia collaborate as DUO Stephanie and Saar in performances noted for their artistic versatility, elegance and intellectual curiosity. As probing recording artists, the duo explores repertoire with concomitant classical and contemporary sensibilities. DUO Stephanie and Saar are the artistic directors of Makrokosmos Project, a new music festival in Portland, Oregon dedicated to American music and performances by Oregon-based performers and composers.

3:02 pm Excerpts from The Pianist of Willesden Lane, Mona Golabek, piano

3:16 pm The Art of Fugue, Johann Sebastian Bach, Contrapunctus I, Contrapunctus II, Stephanie and Saar, piano

3:27 pm 16 Waltzes, Op. 39, Johannes Brahms

3:49 pm The Adventures of Korzinkina, Dmitri Shostakovich, The Chase, Stephanie and Saar, piano

Astoria Music Festival preview

June 15th, 2017

This week, we will present a brief preview of the Astoria Music Festival, which will be celebrating its 15th anniversary. The Festival was founded in 2003 and each June produces a 17-day season of operatic, symphonic, and chamber music concerts. Programs are selected and conducted by Artistic Director Keith Clark, who invites major international soloists to perform as featured artists. The Astoria Music Festival has gained a national reputation for excellence and is the only professional classical music presenter on Oregon’s North Coast.

3:03 pm At the Fountain, Op. 20, No. 2 Karl Davidoff, Sergey Antonov, cello; Ilya Kazantsev, piano

3:10 pm Violin Sonata in A Major (“Duo”), D.574 Franz Schubert, Allegro moderato, Solomiya Ivakhiv, violin; Cary Lewis, piano

3:20 pm Vissi d’arte (I lived for art) from Tosca, Giacomo Puccini, Deborah Mayer, soprano; Cary Lewis, piano

3:25 pm Nocturne, Xaver Scharwenka, Sergey Antonov, cello; Cary Lewis, piano

3:33 pm Piano Trio in d minor, Op. 63, No.1, Robert Schumann, Langsam, mit inniger Empfindung, Mit Feuer, Solomiya Ivakhiv, violin; Sergey Antonov, cello; Cary Lewis, piano

Northwest Piano Trio, Shin-Young Kwon and Jae Yeong Choi

June 8th, 2017

Based in Portland, the Northwest Piano Trio is committed to the performance of traditional classical music while also exploring the music of 20th and 21st century composers. Their goal is to appeal to a wide array of audiences in varied settings, from the time-honored concert hall to the less traditional local music venue. They are passionate about collaboration with artists of other disciplines to provide unique performances that give listeners a contemporary perspective on a non-contemporary art form. The Trio will be joined by violinist Shin-Young Kwon and cellist Jae Yeong Choi, both recognized artists in the Portland community. Kwon has been with the Oregon Symphony since 2004 and is a founding member of the Portland-based string quartet Mousai Remix. Choi performs regularly with the Symphony, and is a member of Symphony Tacoma.

3:22 pm Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81 No. 2, Antonín Dvořák, Heather Mastel-Lipson, violin; Nelly Kovalev, violin; Hillary Oseas, viola Hannah Hillebrand, cello; Susan McDaniel, piano

3:03 pm Piano Quartet in G minor, K. 478, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Heather Mastel-Lipson, violin; Hannah Hillebrand, cello; Susan McDaniel, piano, Northwest Piano Trio

Sofya Melikyan and Portland Opera Man of La Mancha preview

June 1st, 2017

Hailed for her “magnificent singing line and an exquisite artistic sensibility”, Armenian-born pianist Sofya Melikyan is recognized as an artist with a unique voice, who combines “high-wire virtuosity” with “deep musical intuition and ability to connect with the audience” (Mundoclasico). To date, Melikyan has toured throughout Europe, USA, Canada, Japan and Australia and her performances have been broadcast around the world. Singers from Portland Opera’s cast of Man of La Mancha will give a preview of the production, which has been praised by Opera News praises for its “warmth and wit,” “full-bodied, Spanish-tinged score,” and “genuine dramatic depth”.

3:28 pm Man of La Mancha, Mitch Leigh, lyrics by Joe Darion, Aaron Short, tenor; Tara Venditti, mezzo-soprano; Ryan Thorn, baritone; Nick Fox, piano

3:21 pm Musical Moment in E Minor Op. 16, No. 4, Sergey Rachmaninov, Sofya Melikyan, piano

3:14 pm Melody, Arno Babadjanian, Sofya Melikyan, piano

3:10 pm Three Musical Pictures, Alexander Arutunian, Sofya Melikyan, piano

3:01 pm Nocturne in A-flat, Op. 33, No. 3, Gabriel Faure, Sofya Melikyan, piano

Pacific Youth Choir Chamber Choir

May 25th, 2017

Pacific Youth Choir is a community of 11 choruses of singers age 5 through 19 who perform a broad range of choral literature at a high level of musicianship. PYC’s mission is to instill a lifelong love of music in each student. The Choir brings together singers from 19 different cities and is “In Residence” at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland. Chamber Choir singers – 9th-12th graders – are dedicated, talented members who are capable of and ready to work at an extremely intense musical level. The Chamber Choir will be joined by their conductor and PYC Artistic Director Mia Hall Miller.

3:32 pm Calling My Children Home, Doyle Lawson, Charles Waller, Robert Yates, arr. Joseph H. Jennings, Pacific Youth Choir Chamber Choir, Mia Hall Miller

3:28 pm Flower Duet from Lakmé, Léo Delibes, Rebecca Yakos, soprano; Tara Palazuelos, mezzo-soprano; Susan McDaniel, piano, Mia Hall Miller

3:23 pm Lullaby, Robert McBride, Pacific Youth Choir Chamber Choir, Mia Hall Miller

3:19 pm Five Pieces, Op. 85 “The Flowers”: No. 4. Aquileja (The Columbine), Jean Sibelius, Susan McDaniel, piano

3:15 pm At the River from Old American Songs, Aaron Copland, Susan McDaniel, piano, Pacific Youth Choir Chamber Choir, Mia Hall Miller

3:11 pm Õhtul (Evening), Pärt Uusberg, Pacific Youth Choir Chamber Choir, Mia Hall Miller

3:06 pm Vita De La Mia Vita (Life of my Life), William Hawley, Pacific Youth Choir Chamber Choir

3:04 pm My Spirit Sang All Day, Gerald Finzi, Pacific Youth Choir Chamber Choir