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Resonance Ensemble & Cascadia Composers

May 25, 2023: Host Christa Wessel welcomes the Resonance Ensemble with cellist Nancy Ives, and Cascadia Composers, to the Roger O. Doyle performance studio.

Resonance Ensemble will share a preview of their upcoming free arts and music festival, Earth’s Protection. Cellist Nancy Ives will perform original works memorializing Celilo Falls, a former tribal fishing area on the Columbia River along the Cascade Mountains.

Cascadia Composers will help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of composer Gyὂrgy Ligeti, known for his stunning sounds in films such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shining, Shutter Island, and Eyes Wide Shut.


Composer and cellist Nancy Ives is a musical icon, having “built a career of such spectacular diversity that no summation will do her achievements justice.” (Artslandia) As “one of Oregon’s most prominent and accomplished classical musicians,” (The Oregonian) Ives enjoys an illustrious performance career that informs her eloquent and enduring compositional style. “Modernistic but melodic and compelling… [with] a refreshing musical breadth, a diverse but integrated approach,” Ives’ music communicates “a uniquely personal voice.” (Oregon ArtsWatch) By way of an adventurous and multifaceted career – which includes more than 20 years as Principal Cellist of the Oregon Symphony.

n enthusiastic teacher and mentor, Ives is an Instructor of Chamber Music at Lewis & Clark College. As a co-founder of Classical Up Close, she provides greater community access to music, bringing intimate performance to the places where people live, work, and play. Ives serves on the Board of Directors for All Classical Portland and is a past board member of the Oregon Cello Society and the Oregon Symphony. Discover more at

In its fourteenth season, Resonance Ensemble, is a professional vocal ensemble based in Portland, Oregon, creates powerful programs that promote meaningful social change. Resonance Ensemble works to amplify voices that have long been silenced, and they do so through moving, thematic concerts that highlight solo and choral voices, new music by composers and poets whose stories have been underrepresented on the concert stage, visual and other performing artists, and community partners. 

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Cascadia Composers was founded in 2008 by a group of eight regionally-based, nationally known composers. Through educational outreach activities, concerts, and networking opportunities, Cascadia Composers fosters a community of composers, and enables better contact between regional artists and a diverse cultural community. Membership includes some of the region’s finest composers and musicians working in the western classical concert hall tradition.

Cascadia Composers has produced over 60 concerts, including two 3-day festivals. Concerts have included performances of over 500 works, including over 100 world premieres. The board includes substantial business and academic management experience plus over 100 years of aggregate production experience. Learn more at

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