this friday: feldman

This week’s Portland Social Distance Ensemble production.

From our press release this week:

“This week the Portland Social Distance Ensemble presents Morton Feldman’s masterpiece, “Clarinet and String Quartet”, in a cross-continental chamber music concert performed live by clarinetist James Shields and violinist Emily Cole (CA), joined by violist Ron Blessinger (Portland) and cellist Laura Metcalf (NYC). Their program also includes “Romance” by Gerald Finzi, the second movement of his beautiful “Five Bagatelles”.

Composed in 1984, Feldman’s “Clarinet and String Quartet” is a study in musical contemplation, an invitation to enter a sound world of evolving color and abstract gestures.

An avid collector and friend of abstract painters Mark Rothko and Philip Guston, Feldman once remarked that in certain paintings, when perspective disappears, the meaning, the experience, is “…not confined to a painting space but rather existing somewhere in the space between the canvas and ourselves.” This remarkable quote takes on added significance in our performance, with the performers and audience separated by great distances, yet connected via our collaborative technology.

Go to https://www.45thparallelpdx.org/donate to continue bringing live music to your home every Friday at 6pm PDT

The Portland Social Distance Ensemble is an experiment in building community through collaboration, a place where artists can safely come together to do our part in making the world a better place.

45th Parallel Universe will be presenting weekly live streamed performances every Friday @ 6 PM PDT, featuring talented musicians who are eager to get back to the business of creating new musical art.

Each performer participates remotely from their homes, with their playing combined into a unified performance using innovative technology designed by Friend of 45th Parallel Danny Rosenberg. These performances are only possible because of your generous support.”

Streaming Links:
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or head to the 45th Parallel Universe web page.

portland social distance ensemble – micah fletcher and the pyxis quartet – tonight at 6pm (Pacific)

Tonight at 6PM the Pyxis Quartet will be playing music of Kenji Bunch and Bonnie Miksch inspired by the poetry of Micah Fletcher. Micah will be on hand to read four of his poems with us. This is a portion of a concert that we did last year, and it was a very impactful one for us and our audience. I hope you can make it:

shepherd on the rocks?

This week’s Portland Social Distance Ensemble live stream consists of the wonderful trio of soprano Arwen Myers, clarinetist James Shields, and pianist Maria Garcia. This stellar trio will perform works of Schumann, Bach, and Schubert, including Schubert’s great art song trio from the end of his life Shepherd on the Rock. As always, any donations received will go directly to the performing musicians. The stream begins Friday, May 22 at 6PM Pacific/9PM Eastern. Head to the 45th Parallel Universe homepage for links to the Facebook and YouTube live streams. Hope you can join us!