OSO musicians play porch concerts

This weekend blessed us with some wonderful spring weather, and several of my colleagues in the Oregon Symphony gave impromptu concerts on their front (and sometimes back) porches. The wonderful photographer for the Classical Up Close series, Joe Cantrell, was on hand to document them, and here are some selected shots from his gallery on Facebook.


Just was noticing that a recent review the Oregon Symphony’s season-closing concerts of Adams and Stravinsky failed to mention Principal trombonist Aaron LaVere’s stunning playing in the incredibly demanding solo in the second movement of the Adams. Well, I noticed, and Aaron played amazingly both nights. Bravo, Aaron!!

which of these doesn’t belong?

We in the little ‘viola nook’ behind stage left at our hall have a running joke about one of our frequent trombone subs, Henry Henniger, who looks a lot like our bass trombonist, Charles Reneau, known as ‘Charley’.  It took some of us a long time to get Henry’s name right, so we just called him ‘Not Charley’ for a while, and it almost stuck (some would say it has).  Not long after this occurred, we realized that violist Brian Quincey fit right into the trombone section made up by Charley and Henry.  Take a look at this photo and see if you don’t agree!

Henry, Brian & Charley

It took Brian a few moments of instruction for him to learn to hold the trombone correctly, as seen below:

Photos courtesy of Robert Taylor.