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fEARnoMUSIC kickstarter nears goal

UPDATE: As of December 8th, the Kickstarter campaign was marked as ‘funded’, which means that the fundraising goal has been met! 

Portland’s fEARnoMUSIC is only dozens of dollars away from their fundraising goal to finish production on their newest recording, “Somewhere I have never traveled, the music of Bonnie Miksch”. I’ve pledged my support, and hope you will, too. Your immediate pledge could put the entire project over the edge into the funded category, and just in time for the holidays!

Here’s a link to the Kickstarter page, and the introductory video is featured below.

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two super concerts, one super weekend

FearNoMusic: Penelope
Saturday, February 2 @ 7:30pm
Alberta Rose Theatre


Lyrics by Ellen McLaughlin
Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond
Michael Hammond, Sound Design
Katherine FitzGibbon, conductor and Artistic
Director, Resonance Ensemble

• Inés Voglar, violin
• Joël Belgique, viola
• Nancy Ives, cello
• Alicia DiDonato Paulsen, flute
• Mark Dubac, clarinet
• Leander Star, French horn
• Jeffrey Work, trumpet
• Dan Balmer, guitar
• Sergio Careño, drums and percussion

Please join us after the concert for a conversation with composer Sarah Kirkland Snider, Walter Englert, Professor of Classical Studies, Reed College; vocalist Shara Worden, FNM Artistic Director Paloma Griffin, and all of our musicians.

$20 in advance, $23 day of show
$35 for premium seating

45th Parallel: Club Mod
Sunday, February 3 @ 7:30pm
Alberta Rose Theatre


Host Robert McBride takes his program devoted to modernism in music on the road with a live show at the Alberta Rose Theatre joining with 45th Parallel to celebrate a century of great American music.

Featuring music of:
Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, Charles Ives, George Crumb, Samuel Barber, George Chadwick, Steve Reich and more. (including a mystery composer!)
Gregory Ewer, violin
Adam LaMotte, violin
Hillary Schoap, viola
Justin Kagan, cello
Susan Smith, piano
Ron Blessinger, violin

$25, Students/Seniors: $20

fear no piano riot!

The pioneering Portland new music ensemble FearNoMusic will present A Piano Riot!, a concert full of works for multiple grand pianos and percussion, at Kaul Auditorium on the Reed College campus, on Sunday, October 9th at 8 p.m.

The riot in the program title refers to the arrangement of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring for four pianos and percussion – the Rite famously sparked a riot at its Paris premiere in 1913. Also featured, works by South African composer Sean Naidoo and Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski. The performers include pianists Harold Gray, Susan Smith, Denise VanLeuven and Jeff Payne, as well as guest conductor David Hattner.

Tickets ($24.50 – 35.00) are going fast, so get yours online or by phone through Ticketmaster.

prokofiev (alive!) in portland

Yes, it’s true! The composer and performer Prokofiev will appear, alive and well, in Portland. Well, actually not the famous (and dead) Serge, but his grandson, Gabriel.

fEARnoMUSIC - Photo courtesy of fEARnoMUSIC

The noted DJ and composer Gabriel Prokofiev will be featured in performance of his works by the Portland new music ensemble fEARnoMUSIC on Sunday, March 13th at 8:00 p.m. at the Aladdin Theater.

Tickets are available for sale at Ticketmaster.com.

DJ/composer Gabriel Prokofiev

Prokofiev is based in London, and in the words of the Philadelphia Daily News, is “helping classical music rediscover itself.” At the concert, Prokofiev will spin turntables and perform remixes of his works. Intermixed will be works for solo piano and string quartet performed by fEARnoMUSIC. In a nod to his grandfather, FNM will also perform Sergei Prokofiev’s Overture on Hebrew Themes.

Also, Gabriel will be giving a masterclass for the FNM Young Composers Project on Saturday, March 12, from 1-3pm, at Lewis and Clark in Evans Auditorium.  The general public is invited and the class is FREE (donations welcomed).

Gabriel Prokofiev website.
fEARnoMUSIC website.

busy times

As we edge our way into November, and I reflect on what’s going on in the classical music scene here in Portland, I’m finding it remarkable what all has happened already, and what’s about to happen. At the Oregon Symphony, we’ve just completed our third Classical series concerts. The Vancouver Symphony opened its 40th season of concerts. Opera Theater Oregon has just finished a highly successful run of The Beggar’s Opera. The Portland Opera did a run of La Boheme, and is just about to embark upon Philip Glass’ Orphée. OHSU’s noon chamber series presented its first concert (featuring the Arnica Quartet), as did Salem’s Camerata Musica. Third Angle New Music Ensemble presented music from modern-day China, and fEARnoMusic played its most fearless concert yet (and launched a new website). The Borealis Quartet played Friends of Chamber Music‘s season opener, and Thomas Hampson opened their vocal series. Van Cliburn Gold medalist Haochen Zang and Jonathan Biss played their recitals for Portland Piano International‘s series. The Portland Chamber Orchestra played their first concert of the new season with soloist Carol Wincenc, flute. The Portland Columbia Symphony opened their season with Beethoven and Sibelius. On the horizon? Rumors are that Portland Opera will be recording Orphée. There’s a new chamber music series starting up in January – 45th Parallel. It seems that classical music is alive and well in Portland, after all.

tonight: fearnomusic parallaxis


fEARnoMUSIC 21st-century classical ensemble and video curators HELSINQI media studio

Parallaxis: Music and Moving Pictures: A live concert of 20th/21st-century classical music performed with original video/film
by  contemporary artists — silent-movie style.

Friday, April 17
8 PM
Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church
2828 SE Stephens St
Portland OR 97214
(between Hawthorne & Division)

Online at www.artixpdx.pdx or at the door:
• $20 general admission
• $15 seniors
• $5 students
• Children under 13 free.


when time off isn’t, really

Wow, time is flying by!  I was just getting my music together for upcoming non-OSO performances, and realized that a quartet concert with the Rovetti Quartet in Astoria’s Liberty Theater is taking place very soon – March 1st.  As they say in the old country – holy crap!

Liberty Theater – Photo: Morgan Sapp

It’ll be a great concert to play, since it will reunite me with former Ethos violinist Denise Dillenbeck (née Huizenga), as well as her good friend, Philadelphia Orchestra violinist Marc Rovetti, and OSO principal cellist Nancy Ives.  Plus, it’s repertoire that I either have wanted to do for a long time (Beethoven Op. 18 no. 5 in A major and Mendelssohn op. 13 in A minor) or is one of my favorite pieces that I’ve already performed before (Shostakovich No. 3 in F major, op. 73).

So, this week, though the symphony is not rehearsing or playing concerts, I’m going to be very busy!

In case you’re interested, concert info is available here, and an all-time great recording of the Mendelssohn can be found here.

FearNoMusic – Photo: Charles Noble

Also, don’t miss FearNoMusic playing their Homegrown concert in both Eugene and Salem, Oregon this week.  Click here for details.