happy arnicans!

Yes - we're all smiling, and not just because of the beer!

Last night the Arnica String Quartet played a special concert of works by Daniel Ott and Benjamin Britten. It was a huge undertaking, but was so gratifying because of the quality of the music, our musical collaborators, and the great turnout of a wonderful audience.

Susan Dewitt Smith, Erin Gustafson & the Arnica String Quartet


almost to friday…

The Arnica Quartet rehearsing at Community Music Center last March.

You still have the opportunity to pick up a ticket or two to the Arnica Quartet’s Parallels: Music of Daniel Ott & Benjamin Britten concert on Friday evening (8 p.m.) at the Community Music Center’s Recital Hall.

  • Daniel Ott – Refracted Fragments for viola and piano (2008)
  • Benjamin Britten – Phantasy for oboe and string trio, Op. 2 (1932)
  • Daniel Ott – String Quartet No. 1 (1998)
  • Benjamin Britten – Lachrymae for viola and piano, Op. 48 (1950)
  • Daniel Ott – Camera Obscura for oboe and string trio (2007)
  • Benjamin Britten – String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 25 (1941)

Tickets are available through Friday morning at the Oregon Symphony ticket office 503-228-1353 or 1-800-228-7343 – 923 SW Washington, Portland, Oregon 97205 – or you can simply show up at the door and buy a ticket up to an hour before the show. Tickets are $20 adults, $10 seniors & students w/ ID.

Composer Daniel Ott will give a pre-concert talk at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

Read more info on the composers here.

full plate

As you can see from the photo above, there is a lot of stuff on my plate for the month of September! The Arnica Quartet is playing a concert of music by Daniel Ott and Benjamin Britten – two composers that don’t really set out to write simple music – for our concert at the Community Music Center on September 30th (tickets are available from the Oregon Symphony box office – order by phone or in person – click here for more information). And this doesn’t even include the three Oregon Symphony programs that we will be rehearsing during the same period of time. Phew! Though it is a very challenging program, it will also be a very rewarding one, and a good preparation for our cycle of Britten’s music for string quartet that we’ll be mounting in observation of Britten’s centenary celebrations, which will begin in the fall of 2012.