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!
Our friends at ArcoPDX (Amplified Repertory Chamber Orchestra) are celebrating 5 years with a program of new original music written by Arco founder (and Cascadia member) Mike Hsu! You’ll also hear Arco renditions of Bach, Bloch, and Depeche Mode, jaw-dropping vocal interludes, and the brilliant artistry of local classical-metal drummer Kaleb Davies!
ArcoPDX brings you classical and contemporary music with a fresh attitude. Amplified so you can talk, laugh, drink, dance…just like you would at a rock concert. Top if off with live stage lighting for an unforgettable, multi-sensory concert experience!
Yes, an Astoria Music Festival is happening in 2019, and we’re excited to be part of it!
Cascadia Composers presents Made in Oregon – New Music by Northwest Composers, a program packed with exciting and varied works by 10 notable Northwest composers: Daniel Brugh, Ted Clifford, Jack Gabel, Aszemar Glenn, Lisa Neher, Timothy Arliss O’Brien, Paul Safar, Greg Steinke, Jeff Winslow, and Jennifer Wright.
This creative and ambitious program features solo works and duets, often in partnership with electronic backgrounds. You’ll hear many of the multi-talented composers perform on their own works: Ted Clifford, Aszemar Glenn, Paul Safar, and Jeff Winslow will perform on piano. Timothy O’Brien will perform on trumpet. Lisa Neher, heretofore known to many of you primarily through Cascadia’s social media, will unveil her captivating mezzo-soprano in her own songs. Can-do clarinetist Justin Bulava and flutist extraordinaire Amelia Lukas round out our performance forces this year!
Cascadia’s Made in Oregon concert is one more reason to check out the events and concerts that are part of the 2019 Astoria Music Festival.
Tue Jun 25, 7:30 PM, Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center, 588 16th St., Astoria, OR 97103
Our 9th annual “In Good Hands” project joins music students in collaboration with living, local composers to bring new art music to life. Talented young Oregonians perform a diverse mix of works by our composer members at these energizing events. This is one of our favorite traditions!
CONCERT 1: Saturday, June 22, 3:00PM, Portland State University, Lincoln Hall, Room 75 – 1620 SW Park Ave., Portland, OR, 97201 – NOTE TIME CHANGE; 30 MINUTES EARLIER THAN PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED
CONCERT 2: EUGENE CONCERT HAS BEEN CANCELED, we are so sorry!
These concerts forge new paths into the future of art music by bringing teachers, composers and gifted performers together to learn, create and inspire each other and their audiences.
It’s our first concert of electronic and electroacoustic music, and we’re making up for lost time! All Wired Up is a micro-festival packed with top performers, video art, a huge array of electronic instruments and styles, modern dance, wild visuals and more. This family-friendly, come-and-go-as-you-please festival is full of artistic surprises.
It all happens Saturday, April 20th, 4-8 PM at The Old Church in Portland. Tickets are $25 general, $15 seniors / Cascadia members, $5 students. Kids under 12 are free. Ticket price includes admission to all concerts, a discussion / lecture, and all sound installations and exhibits. Available through The Old Church website or at the door.
Activities begin at 4PM on the main stage. Look forward to an exciting mix of works for a wide variety of live performers, plus ambient tracks, projections, dance, even an aerial drone! Cascadia members heard from include Timothy O’Brien, Paul Safar, Dana Reason, Nicholas Yandell, Matthew Neil Andrews, Ted Clifford, Tristan Bliss, Antonio Celaya, Greg A Steinke, Brian Field and Jennifer Wright.
Then (if you like), take part in a fascinating discussion with Steve Joslin and Mei-ling Lee, who’ll come up from Eugene to demonstrate, and expose a few of the mysteries about, data-driven instruments. Will these come to share the stage with the familiar instruments of the past? Come and see, and hear, for yourself!
Finally, at 7PM in the reception room, on a relaxed mix of regular and lounge seating, hear colorful and imaginative works for electronics, audio tracks, and video. Cascadia members heard from include Jeffrey Ericson Allen, Vivian Elliott, Stacey Philipps, Mei-ling Lee, Joshua Hey, and Greg Bartholomew, plus a special collaboration between Daniel Brugh and Jennifer Wright.
Between events, feel free to grab a drink at The Old Church bar, make some (sound)waves in Jennifer Wright’s glowing, water-filled, interactive “Surface” exhibit, and enjoy a deep-listening experience of Susan Alexjander’s video-sound art piece “Into Being, The River”.