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tonight: open music – kenji bunch at the old church

Tonight at 7:30 at The Old Church Concert Hall on SW Clay downtown the Oregon Symphony is presenting its first(ish)* Open Music concert. Open Music is hosted and curated by our Creative Chair Gabriel Kahane and is focused upon composer/performers who bring their musicianship, heritage, and personal experiences to their compositions. The featured composer/performer for this first Open Music of the 21/22 season is Oregon’s own Kenji Bunch. Tickets are a steal at $20, and it will be a fantastic evening of discussion and brilliant music! I hope to see you there!

*The first Open Music actually took place in mid-March of 2020, with Caroline Shaw. There was no live audience due to safety concerns. It was recorded for OPB and will air sometime this year (I think) – the very next day the lockdown started and the OSO suspended the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Program & Players

TraditionalWayfaring Stranger
Hawa Kassé Mady DiabatéTegere Tulon
Béla BartókViolin Duos
Morton FeldmanViola in My Life
Kenji BunchViolin Duos
Johannes BrahmsString Quintet No. 2 in G major, Op. 111 (first movement)
Kenji BunchString Circle
inti figgis-vizuetaImago
Program subject to change

Gabriel KahaneHost
Kenji Bunch,
 Composer and Co-host
Ron Blessinger, Violin
Ruby Chen, Violin
Emily Cole, Violin
Shin-young Kwon, Violin
Kayleigh Miller, Viola
Charles Noble, Viola
Maia Hoffman, Viola
Kevin Kunkel, Cello
Trevor Fitzpatrick, Cello

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pyxis quartet plays tonight

Pyxis Quartet – Photo: Ashley Courter

Tonight (September 19th) at 6PM the Pyxis Quartet (of which I’m the violist) will perform a one-hour program of music at the Glass Lab in SE Portland (350 SE Mill Street 97214). It’s a bit of a retrospective of music that we’ve put out in a virtual format over the past 18 months. It would be great to see you live and in-person!

Please note the 45th Parallel health and safety policies before purchasing a ticket.


  • Jessie Montgomery – Voodoo Dolls
  • Franz Joseph Haydn – Andante from String Quartet in D major, Op. 20 no. 4
  • Scott Unrien – all the birds sing
  • Béla Bartók – Mvt. V – Allegro molto from String Quartet No. 4