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.”