Thursdays @ Three - Past Performances

Tomás Cotik

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.

Portland Baroque Orchestra & Mary Wilson

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)

Anne Akiko Meyers and The Broken Consort

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”.

Natalia Kazaryan

September 21st, 2017

Hailed by the New York Sun for “her prodigious ability” who “immediately established an atmosphere of strength and confidence,” pianist Natalia Kazaryan commenced her studies of the piano at the age of six and performed with the Tbilisi State Chamber Orchestra as a soloist at seven. Upon her arrival in the United States, Natalia began working with Logan Skelton of the University of Michigan and went on to take bachelors and masters’ degrees from the Juilliard School in New York. Natalia has been enjoying an active performing career across Europe in venues such as Schloss Mirabell in Salzburg,Théatre des Variétés in Monaco, Musée Carnavalet and Salle Cortot in Paris, Auditorio Sony in Madrid, and Palazzo Tornabuoni in Florence.

3:25 pm Preludes, Op. 28, Frederic Chopin, Natalia Kazaryan, piano

3:13 pm Gaspard de la nuit, Maurice Ravel, Natalia Kazaryan, piano

3:02 pm Keyboard Sonata in E major, Hob. XVI:31, Joseph Haydn, Natalia Kazaryan, piano

Oregon Guitar Quartet

September 14th, 2017

The critically acclaimed Oregon Guitar Quartet is an ensemble of four of the finest classical guitarists residing in Portland, Oregon. The group’s members Mario Diaz, John Mery, Jesse McCann and Bryan Johanson have been performing and recording together for nearly a decade. Their 2010 debut album Something Wondrous Fair was met with outstanding approval. Soundboard’s Jim McCutcheon wrote, “…it is the joyousness, energy, and precision of the performance that convinces me that this group is one to hear.” Since then, the group has released five more exciting and unique recordings each receiving rave reviews.

3:47 pm Sonata in A major, Kk. 209, Domenico Scarlatti (arr. Bryan Johanson), Oregon Guitar Quartet

3:43 pm Sonata in d minor, Kk. 32, Domenico Scarlatti (arr. Bryan Johanson), Oregon Guitar Quartet

3:35 pm Blue Rondo à la Turk, Dave Brubeck (arr. Bryan Johanson), Oregon Guitar Quartet

3:28 pm Fandango Portugués, K 492, Domenico Scarlatti (arr. Bryan Johanson), Oregon Guitar Quartet

3:21 pm Black is the Color, Traditional (arr. Bryan Johanson), Oregon Guitar Quartet

3:16 pm Sonata in f# minor, Kk. 447, Domenico Scarlatti (arr. Bryan Johanson), Oregon Guitar Quartet

3:02 pm Sonata in E major, Kk. 20, Domenico Scarlatti (arr. Bryan Johanson), Oregon Guitar Quartet

OSO Bassoon Section

September 7th, 2017

Thursdays @ Three returns with an afternoon of music performed by the Oregon Symphony bassoon section. Principal bassoonist Carin Miller Packwood along with Evan Kuhlmann and Adam Trussell will share a program of wonderful pieces for this versatile wind instruments.

3:38 pm Six Trios for Three Bassoons, Op. 4, Julius Weissenborn, Carin Miller Packwood, bassoon; Evan Kuhlmann, bassoon; Adam Trussell, bassoon

3:29 pm Divertimento in B-flat major, K.240, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Carin Miller Packwood, bassoon; Evan Kuhlmann, bassoon; Adam Trussell, bassoon

3:24 pm Three Bagatelles, Op. 5 Nos. 8, 9, and 3, Alexander Tcherepnin, Susan McDaniel, piano

3:19 pm Six Trios for Three Bassoons, Op. 4, Julius Weissenborn, Carin Miller Packwood, bassoon; Evan Kuhlmann, bassoon; Adam Trussell, bassoon

3:15 pm My Funny Valentine, Richard Rogers, arr. Evan Kuhlmann, Carin Miller Packwood, bassoon; Evan Kuhlmann, bassoon; Adam Trussell, bassoon

3:09 pm Tripperies, Lowell E. Shaw, Carin Miller Packwood, bassoon; Evan Kuhlmann, bassoon; Adam Trussell, bassoon

3:02 pm Three Dances, Michael Norris, Carin Miller Packwood, bassoon; Evan Kuhlmann, bassoon; Adam Trussell, bassoon

August Hiatus

August 31st, 2017

Thursdays @ Three is on hiatus for the month of August. Check back later in the month to sign up for a performance starting in September!

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