Thursdays @ Three - Past Performances

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.

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.

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

Oregon Symphony cellists

May 18th, 2017

Robert will present a program featuring musicians from the Oregon Symphony cello section: Assistant Principal Marilyn de Oliveira, Trevor Fitzpatrick, and the most recent additions to the section, Antoinette Gan and Kevin Kunkel. The four cellists will share an exciting program of cello duos, trios, and quartets.

3:38 pm Overture to Marriage of Figaro, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (arr. Jan Sielemann), Marilyn de Oliveira, cello; Trevor Fitzpatrick, cello; Antoinette Gan, cello; Kevin Kunkel, cello

3:30 pm Oblivion, Astor Piazzolla (arr. Patricio Villarejo), Marilyn de Oliveira, cello; Trevor Fitzpatrick, cello; Antoinette Gan, cello; Kevin Kunkel, cello

3:26 pm Libertango, Astor Piazzolla (arr. David Johnstone), Marilyn de Oliveira, cello; Trevor Fitzpatrick, cello; Antoinette Gan, cello; Kevin Kunkel, cello

3:21 pm Sonata for 2 Cellos, No. 10 in G Major, Jean-Baptiste Barrière, Antoinette Gan, cello; Kevin Kunkel, cello

3:09 pm Cello Duet Op. 156 No. 5 (Variations on Judas Maccabeus), Friedrich August Kummer, Marilyn de Oliveira, cello; Trevor Fitzpatrick, cello

3:02 pm Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007, Johann Sebastian Bach, Marilyn de Oliveira, cello

The Lee Trio, James Shields, Conor Hanick and Laura Metcalf

May 11th, 2017

The Lee Trio is an award-winning piano trio made up of three virtuosic performers, educators and sisters from San Francisco. Since its critically acclaimed Wigmore Hall debut in 2002, The Lee Trio’s “gripping immediacy and freshness” and “rich palette of tone colours” [The Strad] has inspired and moved audiences worldwide, establishing itself as one of the premier chamber ensembles on the international stage. In addition to performing, the Trio devotes time to teaching and giving masterclasses, and frequently collaborates with living composers. The Trio will be joined by Oregon Symphony principal clarinetist James Shields, and New York musicians, pianist Conor Hanick, and cellist Laura Metcalf.

3:50 pm Trio for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano, Magnus Lindberg, Metcalf-Shields-Hanick Trio

3:38 pm Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114, Johannes Brahms, Metcalf-Shields-Hanick Trio

3:28 pm Profiles of Light, Matthias Pintscher, Conor Hanick, piano

3:16 pm Fantasy Pieces Op. 88, Robert Schumann, Lee Trio

3:01 pm Piano Trio Op.1, No. 2, Ludwig van Beethoven, Lee Trio

In Mulieribus

May 4th, 2017

In Mulieribus (the Latin phrase meaning “amongst women”) is a female vocal ensemble dedicated to the promotion and enrichment of community through the art of music with a focus on works written primarily before 1750. Founded in 2004 and led by Artistic Director Anna Song, In Mulieribus presents its own concert series in Portland each year.

3:35 pm Ave Maria, David MacIntyre, In Mulieribus

3:27 pm Viderunt omnes, Pérotin, In Mulieribus

3:22 pm O quam tu pulchra es (Oh how beautiful you are), Alessandro Grandi, Catherine van der Salm, soprano; Susan McDaniel, piano

3:18 pm Suite in E minor, RCT 2, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Susan McDaniel, piano

3:14 pm Weep, O Mine Eyes, John Wilbye, In Mulieribus

3:08 pm Ah, Robin, Gentle Robin, William Cornish, In Mulieribus

3:05 pm  Ave Maria, Giacomo Fogliano, In Mulieribus

3:01 pm Ecco la primavera (spring has come), Francesco Landini, In Mulieribus

MetroArts winner John Fawcett, Allen Vizzutti, Hamilton Cheifetz and Julia Hwakyu Lee

April 27th, 2017

Host Christa Wessel features one of the soloists of this year’s MetroArts Van Buren Competition, violinist John Fawcett. All of the finalists were selected from 34 semi-finalists at auditions held in January and will perform with Niel DePonte, Executive Artistic Director for MetroArts Inc. and an orchestra on May 9th. Additionally performing are world-renowned trumpeter Allen Vizzutti, the featured soloist for the Oregon Symphonic Band’s upcoming 30th anniversary performance. Cellist Hamilton Cheifetz and pianist Julia Hwakyu Lee will also make an appearance, sharing pieces by Ravel, Shostakovich and more.

3:45 pm Sonata in D minor for cello and piano, Op. 40, Dmitri Shostakovich, Hamilton Cheifetz, cello; Julia Hwakyu Lee, piano

3:39 pm El cant dels ocells (Song of the Birds), Pablo Casals, Hamilton Cheifetz, cello; Julia Hwakyu Lee, piano

3:34 pm Pièce En Forme De Habanera, Maurice Ravel, Hamilton Cheifetz, cello; Julia Hwakyu Lee, piano

3:29 pm Carnival of the Animals, Camille Saint-Saëns, Hamilton Cheifetz, cello; Julia Hwakyu Lee, piano

3:22 pm Caprice Viennois, Op. 2, Fritz Kreisler, John Fawcett, violin; Susan McDaniel, piano

3:17 pm Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor for solo violin, BWV 1001, J.S. Bach, John Fawcett, violin

3:09 pm Theme from Concierto de Aranjuez, Joaquín Rodrigo arr. Vizzutti, Allen Vizzutti, trumpet; Susan McDaniel, piano

3:04 pm Luciernaga (Firefly), Allen Vizzutti, Allen Vizzutti, trumpet; Susan McDaniel, piano

Portland Opera La Bohème and Tomas Cotik

April 20th, 2017

Portland Opera will present a preview of their production of Giacomo Puccini’s ageless classic: La Bohème. Portland Opera’s production features the debuts of several talented artists, including the American debut of the exciting Italian tenor Giordano Lucá as Rodolfo. Violinist Tomas Cotik, Assistant Professor of Violin at Portland State University, has been hailed by Michael Tilson Thomas as “an excellent violinist.” Cotik has won many awards including first-prize at the National Broadcast Music Competition in his native Argentina in 1997, and is an avid recording artist.

3:44 pm La bohème Act III. Donde lieta usci (From here she happily left), Giacomo Puccini, Vanessa Isiguen (Mimì); Nick Fox, piano

3:38 pm La bohème Act IV. O Mimì, tu più non torni (Oh Mimì, will you not return?), Giacomo Puccini, Giordano Lucà (Rodolfo) and Will Liverman (Marcello)

3:33 pm La bohème Act II. Quando m’en vo (When I go along), Giacomo Puccini, Jennifer Forni (Musetta)

3:26 pm Tango (Por una Cabeza), Carlos Gardel and Alfredo Le Pera arr. John Williams, Tomas Cotik, violin; Chuck Dillard, piano

3:22 pm Escualo (dogfish), Ástor Piazzolla, Tomas Cotik, violin; Chuck Dillard, piano

3:17 pm Three Preludes, George Gershwin arr. Jascha Heifetz, Tomas Cotik, violin; Chuck Dillard, piano

3:11 pm Variations on a Theme by Corelli, Giuseppe Tartini, Arr. Kreisler, Tomas Cotik, violin; Chuck Dillard, piano

3:06 pm La muerte del ángel, Ástor Piazzolla arr. Cotik, Tomas Cotik, violin; Chuck Dillard, piano

3:01 pm Oblivion, Ástor Piazzolla arr. Cotik, Tomas Cotik, violin; Chuck Dillard, piano