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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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this friday: feldman

This week’s Portland Social Distance Ensemble production.

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 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.”

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