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!

pyxis quartet plays glass, crumb, and danish folk music

Here’s the archived version of the live stream from last night of the Pyxis Quartet. There were some glitches, but we’re getting better at using the tech, and our developer is honing in on what is going to make this work the best for us.

Just a note to all of you who have expressed an interest in this technology. It’s still at the very beginning stages of development – I’d say pre-alpha testing, and is only usable for a limited number of computers with wired high speed connections at this point. It’s got a ways to go before it can go out into the world, and rest assured, when it’s ready, you’ll know about it! Thanks for your patience!

portland social distance ensemble – the series

Last Friday was the debut of a new performance initiative of 45th Parallel Universe. It’s made possible by a new technology which allows musicians to play chamber music together live while in their own homes – from any distance – which was developed by our resident genius coder Danny Rosenberg. That debut was a performance from six different homes by eight musicians of Terry Riley’s seminal piece “In C”.

Executive director Ron Blessinger has made this initial offering into a weekly concert series featuring the different ensembles of the 45th Parallel Universe and guest artists from around the world.

Pyxis Quartet – Photo: Ashley Courter

This week, on Friday, May 15th at 6:00PM PST, the Pyxis Quartet will perform music of George Crumb, Phillip Glass, and a bit of Norwegian folk music arranged by the Danish String Quartet. You can view the concert on our Facebook Page, our YouTube Channel, or on our website. Concerts are just 30 minutes, and we hope you can join us! A donation link will be available at all three locations, and all proceeds go directly to the performers.