December 7th, 2017
Juliana Soltis is a historical performer on the Baroque and Classical cellos, violoncello piccolo, and the viola da gamba. An ardent and enthusiastic performer-scholar, Soltis is passionate about crafting concert experiences that empower audiences to reach across the centuries and form deep and lasting personal connections with historical music. Raised amidst the rich musical traditions of southern Appalachia, Soltis now divides her time touring both domestically and abroad––from New York, to Osaka, to Helsinki and Venice––as both soloist and chamber musician. Currently based in Seattle, WA, when not on the road Soltis enjoys cooking, boxing, and spending time with her rescue greyhound, Rain.
Oregon Repertory Singers performs world-class music accessible to all. Their professional-caliber adult choir of over 90 members was recently lauded as “the city’s finest large choir.” A subset of sixteen singers will grace the Roger O’Doyle studio with beautiful and seasonally appropriate fare!
November 30th, 2017
Thomas Otten, a California native born of German-American parents, has been hailed by the New York Times as “an extremely original player who puts a formidable technique at the service of his ideas.” He made his debut at age seventeen with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, and has since developed a global profile through performances in New York, Washington, Los Angeles, St. Petersburg, Sydney, Munich, Frankfurt, and Milan, including such venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Severance Hall, the German Embassy, and the National Press Club. Otten will perform a beautiful selection of works for solo piano by Beethoven, Debussy, Liszt, and Leslie Adams.
Members of The Ensemble also join the program for a sneak peak into their upcoming performances of Gian Carlo Menotti’s lovely and seasonal, “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” The Ensemble is Oregon’s premiere professional vocal & instrumental chamber ensemble and is dedicated to strengthening the cultural life of its community through innovative musical experiences.
November 16th, 2017
Acclaimed by the New York Times for their “deeply expressive, intimate and often haunting interpretations,” the early music duo Asteria brings a “delightful sweetness” and “a profound knowledge of the repertoire” (Goldberg Magazine) to the music of courtly love. When they began singing together in 2004, Sylvia Rhyne (soprano) and Eric Redlinger (tenor and lute) launched a career that has taken them across the United States and around the world. Also on the program is Grammy-nominated lutenist, Ronn McFarlane, who strives to bring the lute into today’s musical mainstream and make it accessible to a wider audience. Since taking up the lute in 1978, Ronn has made his mark in music as the founder of Ayreheart, a founding member of the Baltimore Consort and as a guest artist with many acclaimed ensembles.
November 9th, 2017
Pianist Vladislav Kosminov, a native of Uzbekistan, is a Rising Star with Portland Piano International. Mr. Kosminov has appeared frequently with the National Symphonic Orchestra of Uzbekistan and is the winner of several International and national competitions, including the International Rubinstein Piano Concerto Competition (2nd Prize, Paris, France). Coming from a musical family, he was trained as a soloist from a young age and began his studies at the Lyceum Musical Academy for Gifted Children. He continued his studies at The State Conservatory of Uzbekistan and began the Professional Performance Certificate program at the Lynn University Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida in 2013.
November 2nd, 2017
Violinist Desirée Ruhstrat and cellist David Cunliffe are both members of the most exciting new group on Chicago’s musical scene, FANDANGO!, a toe-tappingly spicy mix of Latin, Spanish, Sephardic, Balkan, and classical sounds. The two are also members of the Grammy-nominated Lincoln Trio praised for their “joy of sheer technical ability, unanimity of phrasing and beautiful blended tone.”
The 300 Watts String Trio consists of three siblings: 16-year old violist Shania Watts, 14-year old cellist Jonathan Watts, and 12-year old violinist Darah Watts. In the four years they’ve been playing together as an ensemble, they’ve created a number of their own arrangements born of improvisation and their varied musical interests (jazz, Latin, and eastern music influence their creations). You’re going to love these kids!
October 26th, 2017
Praised as a “welcome addition to Oregon music” and “one of Eugene’s coolest new ensembles,” by Eugene Weekly, Delgani String Quartet has quickly become one of the most active chamber music ensembles in the Pacific Northwest with over 40 performances and educational programs each year. Fiercely committed to community outreach, Delgani provides education programs for both students and adults at various schools and organizations throughout the region. In addition to season performances in both Eugene and Salem, Delgani has been invited to perform selections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City this spring.
October 19th, 2017
Clarinetist David Hattner and pianist Chuck Dillard grace us with a program that is quite varied and very entertaining. Hattner is also the Conductor and Musical Director of the Portland Youth Philharmonic. Murry Sidlin, former Resident Conductor of the Oregon Symphony, noted: “He is a brilliant clarinetist, has very high artistic vision, and invites young musicians to join him at that level.” Hattner has enjoyed performing as principal clarinetist of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Opera Theater and the Cascade Festival of Music; his solo CD, The Clarinetist Composer, debuted in 2001 to enthusiastic critical acclaim. Dillard has a broad range of experiences as a conductor, coach and pianist, having worked for companies including Austin Opera, Opera Carolina, Central City Opera, Piedmont Opera and Opera Colorado with whom he collaborated on a new production of Nixon in China now available on the Naxos label.
October 12th, 2017
Violinist Tomás 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.
October 5th, 2017
In anticipation of their upcoming performance of Mozart’s Requiem, members of the Portland Baroque Orchestra perform selections from Mozart’s beloved Eine Kleine Nachtmusik on period instruments, and soprano soloist Mary Wilson sings works by Mozart and Haydn. Cultivating a wide-ranging career singing chamber music, oratorio and operatic repertoire, Wilson receives consistent critical acclaim from coast to coast. “She proves why many in the opera world are heralding her as an emerging star. She is simply amazing, with a voice that induces goose bumps and a stage presence that is mesmerizing. She literally stole the spotlight…” (Arizona Daily Star)
September 28th, 2017
Violin superstar Anne Akiko Meyers is one of the most in demand violinists in the world, and is in town to perform with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at Skyview Concert Hall Saturday, Sept. 30 at 3pm & Sunday, Oct. 1 at 7pm. Regularly performing as guest soloist with the world’s top orchestras, she presents ground-breaking recitals and a best-selling recording artist with 34 albums. Named Billboard’s top-selling traditional classical instrumental soloist, her albums debuted at #1 on Billboard classical charts. Meyers is known for her passionate performances, purity of sound, deeply poetic interpretations, innovative programming and commitment to commissioning new important works from composers. She owns not one, but two Strad violins and also plays on the 1741 ‘Vieuxtemps’ Guarneri del Gesu violin.
Meyers will be joined by exuberant and experimental chamber ensemble, The Broken Consort. The Consort is an American based ensemble seeking to present original, adventurous, and passionate concert programs with an emphasis on rhetorical, socially relevant, and historically-informed narrative. Praised as “early music turned early magic,” TBC has “bewitched and beguiled” critics with their “extraordinary sonorousness” and “imagination”.