Concert Mosaic, presented by Cascadia Composers, is a bold, inspired, and multi-faceted program of chamber music premieres and visual art displays by Northwest women composers and artists. Featured performers include the Delgani String Quartet, along with special guests on horn, clarinet, percussion, and vocals.
Concert Mosaic Program
- Composer Elizabeth Blachly-Dyson’s From Shadow to Sun was inspired by the paintings and sculpture of Corvallis artist Susan Johnson.
- Lisa Ann Marsh wrote Mountains in the Rain, Sun Under Clouds, a song cycle drawn from the poems of Deborah Buchanan. Ellen Blazich created the cyanotype dyed cloth prints to highlight the sentiments of the songs.
- Lisa Neher’s Look Within was inspired sparked by a new abstract painting by Portland artist Paulette Insall.
- Stacey Philipps created her song cycle, Looking at a Blackbird, with text from Wallace Stevens’ famous poem and in collaboration with nature photographer Karen Drain.
- The paintings of Whidbey Island artist Teresa Saia were the impetus for Christina Rusnak’s work, Dusk.
- Dawn Sonntag crafted her work, Piecitos de Ninos, as a setting of the poem by Gabriela Mistral and as an accompaniment to the sculptures of Ildikó Kalapács.
- Linda Woody’s Body of Work was written with the paintings of Oregon City artist Cindy Geffel in mind.
The artists’ works will be displayed on stage or projected on screen during the concert with additional art on display near the performance area. Showtime is Saturday, February 15, 2019, 7:30 PM, at Lincoln Recital Hall (Room 75), Portland State University. Tickets are $5-$20 (free for PSU students with ID and for children 12 and younger) and available at Brown Paper Tickets:
Concert Mosaic is funded in part by a grant from RACC:
Northwest composers Paul Safar and Daniel Heila present, in an intimate venue, saxophone, string, and piano works sure to charm, challenge, and inspire listeners. Featured performers include the Delgani String Quartet, Eugene pianist Matthew Pavilanis and vocalist Nancy Wood, and a wunderkind saxophone quartet from the studio of University of Oregon sax guru Idit Shner. The concert is sponsored by Cascadia Composers, the local chapter of the National Association of Composers USA.
Safar presents his Frogs at Dusk for saxophone quartet, inspired by frog song heard in the Mount Shasta wilderness; Quartet in Red, Black, and Blue featuring chanteuse Nancy Wood and setting texts from her pen; and Three Bird Intermezzi (performed by the composer), each piece inspired by the work of individual twentieth-century composers.
Heila presents two works based on fiddle tunes of his own making – Quartet: Branches at the Window, Saxophones and Quartet: Crooked River, Strings – and on songs from the Southern Appalachian English folk song tradition: Eleven Nights for solo piano.
Please join Cascadia Composers, Paul Safar, and Daniel Heila for this evening of outstanding contemporary classical music of the Northwest.
February, 22, 7:30 pm, Unity of the Valley, 3912 Dillard Road, Eugene OR. Tickets are $10-20 at the door.
Come hear Cascadia help “Portland’s Choir” celebrate the season with three works by Cascadia composers: John Hidalgo‘s Lux Aeterna, Robert Lockwood‘s Ave Maria, and Dawn Sonntag‘s I Heard the Bells. The theme of the Yuletide concerts is “And on Earth, Peace,” and seasonal selections include movements of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem and Franz Biebl’s Ave Maria, among others. Read what our composers have to say about their works below!
For tickets, click here. Tickets are $18 for adults/seniors in advance, $25 at the door. Students tickets are $5 in advance and at the door. $5 Arts for All tickets are available at the door with an Oregon Trail Card.
John Hidalgo says: ‘Lux Aeterna’ may seem an unusual text for Christmas time. But with the state of the world today, the longing for peace and light is certainly on everyone’s mind. In fact, eternal light is the ultimate promise of Christmas. So it is presented here, in the optimism of the season, as a wish for the future.
Robert Lockwood says: The women’s ensemble In Mulieribus commissioned this setting of the text from which the group takes its name. Inspired by the group’s tone and blend it was composed mostly in one sitting in June 2016. Additional inspiration was taken from Josquin des Prez’ Ave Maria, especially the final section of the work.
Dawn Sonntag says: This piece combines four verses of Longfellow’s “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” [also known as Christmas Bells] with lines from his epic poem, Hiawatha. Longfellow wrote Christmas Bells in response to the Civil War. His poem “Hiawatha” was inspired by Chief Hiawatha, a follower of The Great Peacemaker.
Oregon boasts maybe a handful of composers who are well-known in the world of contemporary musical art. One is particularly known internationally, and that is Tomáš Svoboda. Born in Paris to Czech parents, he lived on both sides of the Iron Curtain before finding his ultimate home in Portland. The Delgani String Quartet justly describes him as iconic.
Tomáš has also taken an active interest in the music and careers of other local composers. We at Cascadia Composers are honored to count him among our eight founding members, and he served on our board of directors until his 2012 stroke forced him to give that up. He is still an honorary, valued member of the board.
The Delgani is well on its way to becoming iconic themselves. Come hear them perform three masterly quartets Tomáš wrote in the 21st century: his sixth, inspired by the Shostakovich memoir “Testimony”; his tenth, inspired by a dream of his Czech homeland and its native folk music; and his melodic twelfth, in which he says all human experience, even the inevitable loss of friends as one ages, is accepted and transformed into tenderness.
Performances will be Friday Dec. 6th, 7:30 PM at Tsunami Books in Eugene, and Saturday Dec. 7th, 8:00 PM at Lincoln Recital Hall (Room 75) at Portland State University. Tickets are available by clicking on these two links, by calling 541-579-5882 (for Portland only), or at the door.
EXTRA! Make Tom Laugh! Bring him a funny birthday card – the sillier, the better!
Cascadia Composers explores the scope and nuances of human identity in the 2nd concert of this, our 11th season. With an impressive variety of music that reflects on the many facets of humankinds complex, emotional landscape (including tranquil bliss, desperate anguish, embarrassment, childhood innocence, heartbreaking grief, sweet, warm joy, and spirituality among others), Cascadia Composers offers a prismatic cross-section of new musical ideas and modes of expression from some of the region’s most active and original composers.
Multi-talented mezzo-soprano Lisa Neher (also a Cascadia Composer) stars in performance throughout the evening. Local composers heard from include David Bernstein, Elizabeth Blachly-Dyson, Evan Lewis, Stephen Lewis, Jan Mittelstaedt, Charles Rose, Paul Safar, Dawn Sonntag, Greg Steinke, and Jeff Winslow.
Friday, November 15 (2019) at 7:30 p.m.
Portland State University’s Lincoln Hall, Rm 75
Tickets at the door are $20 general admission (buys 2 with Arts Card from RACC) / $10 (seniors, members, working artists) / $5 (students) / free for 12 and under
In Mulieribus celebrates the 400th anniversary of the birth of Venetian composer Barbara Strozzi with old music and new. Long ignored by the history books, Strozzi will be honored with a captivating program of her chamber cantatas, laments and motets, performed by IM with lutenist John Lenti and cellist Adaiha Macadam-Somer – plus, the world premiere of Stacey Philipps’ new work, “Sospira, respira” on lyrics once set, and perhaps even written, by Strozzi herself. Pre-concert talks are presented by singer/scholar Hannah Penn.
Two concert venues to choose from:
Saturday, October 12th, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Pre-concert talk at 6:45 pm
Providence Academy Chapel
400 E Evergreen Blvd #105, Vancouver, WA 98660
Sunday,October 13th at 3:00 pm
Pre-concert talk at 2:15 pm
The Old Church
1422 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97201
Cascadia Composers 11th concert season kicks off with new music celebrating the 50th birthday years of composers Ted Clifford and Paul Safar. Performers include members of the Delgani String Quartet, pianists Asya Gulua and Maria Choban, vocalist Nancy Wood as well as the composers themselves. Art songs, jazz and poetry inspired pieces and free improvisation with unique instruments should make for a variety filled evening.
Special performances include the Eugene premiere of Ted Clifford‘s Song of Remembrance with poetry by Oregon poet laureate Lawson Inada. In addition, the evening will feature the Eugene premiere of Paul Safar‘s Incantation, inspired by the poetry of Czeslaw Milosz.
Veteran and rising chamber music artists will grace the stages in both cities: Eric Alterman, Coco Bender, Sean Brennan, David Burham, Maria Choban, Charlie Doggett, Mary Ellen Grace, Asya Gulua, Chris Higgins, Ben Lincoln, Baird Quinn, Kim Uwate, Nancy Wood and the Iridescence flute and piano duo.
Saturday, September 14th at 7:30 p.m.
Unity of the Valley Church, Eugene (Tickets at door only)
Saturday, September 21st at 7:30 p.m.
The Old Church in Portland (BUY TICKETS HERE or at the door)
Tickets at the door are $20 / $10 (seniors, members, working artists) / $5 (students) / free for 12 and under
Cascadia’s own David Bernstein is the Oregon Music Teachers’ Association Composer of the Year this year, and has written a big new work for the occasion, SUITE OF THE EARTH. The world premiere, which will be livestreamed on Facebook, is during the OMTA 2019 State Conference in Eugene this week. Performers are Alexis Evers on flute, alto flute, and piccolo, Ian Jones on percussion, and Grant Mack on piano.
Showtime is 2:30 PM, Thursday, August 22nd, in the ballroom at Erb Memorial Union Building, 1395 University St. in Eugene, Oregon (97403). The concert is free!