The Warbler Sings

“The Warbler Sings: New music from Northwest composers looking east”.TheWarblerSingsPosterLg Join us for a one hour-no intermission concert of new music. All these pieces have some inspiration or connection to Asia and the Middle East. The centerpiece of the concert is the Eugene premiere of “The Warbler Sings”, a new song cycle for soprano, piano, double bass and trumpet written by Paul Safar for Nancy Wood with text from the haiku of Basho.

Also on the concert will be the rarely performed solo koto work of Tomas Svoboda entitled “Autumn” performed by Mitsuki Dazai-Church. A world premiere by Mark Vigil and songs from former Oregonian Derek Healey round out the concert. Held in the beautiful First Christian Church of downtown Eugene, this promises to be a special event.

Friday, October 17th at 8pm. First Christian Church – 1166 Oak Street, Eugene

$10 suggested donation/ $5 students.


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Cascadia opens Celebration Works Series

Only 10 days away! Come hear the latest from Cascadia composers Greg Bartholomew, Denis Floyd, Greg A Steinke, Elizabeth Blachly-Dyson, Brandon Stewart, Jan Mittelstaedt, Jackie T. Gabel, Jay Derderian, David S. Foley, John G. Bilotta, Art Resnick, Theresa Koon, and Gary Noland. That’s a lot of composers but the time will fly by. (It’s a normal-length concert at least.) Full details on the flyer below.

You won’t want to miss newcomer Brandon Stewart’s dramatic song on renowned Portland poet Judith Barrington’s “The Telephone”!


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NORTHWEST RESONANCE with Seattle’s RE:Percussion Duo

Cascadia and Friends would like to invite you to the premier of THREE new percussion duets performed by Seattle’s RE:Percussion Duo.


Featuring works by Troy Ramos, Charlie Copland, and Jay Derderian, this concert will be a one-of-a-kind experience using everything from fixed media to terracotta pots, all to celebrate the natural beauty and resonance of the Pacific Northwest.


Saturday, August 16th at 4pm. Community Music Center; 3350 SE Francis, Portland OR, 97202

$5-$10, suggested donation (no one turned away).

For more information, please contact Jay Derderian at

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THE ĄRCƠ-PDX DEBUT CONCERT featuring Skip vonKuske

ĄRCƠ-PDX-PortlandCascadia Composers present THE ĄRCƠ-PDX DEBUT CONCERT!  ĄRCƠ-PDX stands for Amplified Repertory Chamber Orchestra of Portland. We bring you high-quality orchestral music performed by memory, with attitude, on a rock-concert stage. Amped up loud enough so you can dance, shout, order a drink without disturbing anyone. All while keeping true to the composer’s intent. Top it off with state-of-the-art intelligent lighting in sync with the music, to create an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind experience!

This concert is a proof of principle—that anyone can appreciate classical music as long as it’s produced for today’s consumer. We’re simply taking classical music to the 21st century!  For our debut concert, we celebrate the 300th birth-year of C.P.E. Bach with movements from his two cello concerti and three of his symphonies, along with new music by Cascadia Composers member and ĄRCƠ-PDX founder Mike Hsu. Skip VonKuske of Portland Cello Project will join us as soloist.

Virtuoso accordionist Kiran Moorty will open the night with his mesmerizing renditions of classical and Tango hits.

Tickets: $13 in advance, $15 at the door

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Jack Gabel & best friend (WOOF) @ Pioneer Courthouse Square!



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Resonance Ensemble’s “Northern Light” features Cascadia composers

Want to hear the latest in local choral music?  Come hear the Resonance Ensemble, one of Portland’s top master choirs, perform works by a bevy of real live composers including seven Cascadia members!  Aided by piano, harp, organ, horn, violin, and cello (but not all at once), they’ll perform a specially commissioned work hot off the press, Only In Falling, by Renée Favand-See on poems by Wendell Berry, plus these six works selected by director Katherine FitzGibbon:

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer’s Liberation Front by David Foley

The Moon’s Passing Smile by Jack Gabel

Aurora Borealis by Stacey Philipps

Moments from SINGING HEART (Image Music XII) by Greg Steinke

The Sun is the Ocean by Mark Vigil

The Sun Never Says by Jeff Winslow

Showtimes are at 7:30PM on May 17th and 4PM on May 18th.  Venues and ticket prices are on the Resonance Ensemble’s website, and you can buy tickets there too. We hope to see you there!


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