50/50 – Double Double Birthday Concerts

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...

Imminent Premiere by David Bernstein, Composer of the Year

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...

ArcoPDX 5th Anniversary Concert

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...
Choral Arts Ensemble Yuletide

Choral Arts Ensemble Yuletide

Come hear Cascadia help “Portland’s Choir” celebrate their 50th anniversary with two new works: Lisa Neher‘s “Three Basho Haiku” and William Whitley‘s “Ecclesia,” which was written to celebrate another 50th anniversary, that of the Pietro Belluschi-designed First Presbyterian Church in Cottage Grove, Oregon. The theme of the concerts is “To Friends Old & New”, and seasonal selections include Benjamin Britten, “Hymn to the Virgin” and movements from “Ceremony of Carols,” Ola Gjeilo’s arrangement of “The First Nowell,” Morten Lauridsen’s “O Magnum Mysterium” and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Wassail,” among others.

For tickets, click here or call Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006, ext. 1. 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.

More info about Choral Arts Ensemble’s 50th anniversary season!

Poland – 100 Years: Free Again – Celebrate!

Poland – 100 Years: Free Again – Celebrate!

On November 11, 1918, the guns of World War I fell silent. The three imperial powers that had dominated Poland for nearly two centuries, eventually carving it up and devouring it for themselves, lay defeated or in disarray. The way was clear for the rebirth of Poland as a modern nation, for the white eagle to soar free of the black eagles that had plagued it for so long.

Celebrating this centenary, the Delgani String Quartet and pianist Asya Gulua perform five premieres by Cascadia composers, commissioned by the Polish Festival and inspired by Polish independence, as well as Karol Maciej Szymanowski‘s classic Second String Quartet:

Jay Derderian: “Begin again”
Matthew Kaminski: “Centennial Ballade”
Stephen Lewis: “Citizen/Subject”
Liz Nedela: “Tone Portrait of Poland”
Paul Safar: “Incantation”

Sat. Nov. 10 @ 7 pm, Polish Hall, 3832 N. Interstate, Portland, OR 97227

Want more Polish music?

Check out the orchestral program the following day @ 3 pm:
Willamette Falls Symphony
Milwaukie High School Auditorium
(2301 SE Willard, Milwaukie, Ore.)
Mark Perlman, conductor
Darin Qualls, violin soloist

Henryk Wieniawski: “Violin Concerto No. 2” • Darin Qualls, Soloist
Emil Szymon Młynarski: “Symphony in F major, Op.14 • Polonia”
Zygmunt Noskowski: “Symphonic Poem Op. 66 • The Steppe”

Artwork: Bartlomiej Worach


Landscape Music: Rivers and Trails

Landscape Music: Rivers and Trails

Landscape Music: Rivers & Trails is a nationwide series of concerts in Fall 2018 commemorating the 50th​ Anniversaries of the National Trails System Act and the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.  Coordinated by the Landscape Music Composers Network, and presented in collaboration with organizations, venues, and performers across the country, this initiative highlights and celebrates the significance of our national trails and rivers through the creation and presentation of new music.  Landscape Music: Rivers & Trail concerts will feature World Premieres of works for small chamber ensembles, created in direct response to the remarkable places protected under these two landmark acts.

Sun Oct 7, 2PM, The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave., Portland, OR 97201

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This Fiery Festival of New Music is Cascadia Composers’ 10th Anniversary Season kickoff event!  Presented in surround sound in the center of Portland’s very own volcanic cinder cone, it showcases the variety and verve that has come to define Cascadia Composers.  Bring a blanket, a picnic, and a host of family and friends to enjoy this colorful and exciting multimedia celebration of art and expression! 

Free pet rocks for every audience member!  A “Paint Your Own Pet Rock Station” will be set up for kids (and adults, too) who would like to make their own.

New music by local composers Susan Alexander, Daniel Brugh, Mel-ling Lee, Alexander Schwarzkopf and Jennifer Wright.

Sat Sep 15, 4PM, Mt. Tabor Park Amphitheater, SE Salmon Way, Portland, OR 97215

Tickets: Free
Made in Oregon @ Astoria Music Festival

Made in Oregon @ Astoria Music Festival

Cascadia Composers presents Made in Oregon – New Music by Northwest Composers in a concert featured at the Astoria Music Festival, including a program packed with exciting and varied works by 12 notable Northwest composers: Matthew Neil Andrews, David Bernstein, Daniel Brugh, John DeRuntz, Denis Floyd, Stephen Lewis, Timothy Arliss O’Brien, Andrew Robinson, Paul Safar, Greg Steinke, Jeff Winslow and Jennifer Wright.

This creative and ambitious program features works for solo, vocal and small instrumental ensembles. You’ll hear many of the multi-talented composers perform on their own works: Matthew Andrews, John DeRuntz, Paul Safar, Stephen Lewis, Tim O’Brien and Jeff Winslow will perform on piano. Daniel Brugh will play piano and fixed media; Jennifer Wright will perform on amplified harpsichord and EBows with an illuminated cymatics display. Oregon’s brilliant Delgani String Quartet will premiere the complete Andrew Robinson work that they excerpted last October in Portland.

Rounding out this stellar cast of performers are Asya Gulua, piano; Alicia Charlton, clarinet; Jonah Thomas, violoncello; Maria Garcia, piano; Catherine Olson, soprano; Cary Lewis, piano; Daniel Robert Vega, alto saxophone, and Nathanael Peterson Blankenship, tenor saxophone. Guests are encouraged to stick around for post-concert coffee and Q+A with the composers.

Cascadia’s Made in Oregon concert is one more reason to check out the events and concerts that are part of the Astoria Music Festival.

Wed Jun 20, 7:30 PM, the Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center, 588 16th St., Astoria, OR

General: $15
In Good Hands

In Good Hands

Our 8th annual “In Good Hands” concert joins music students in collaboration with living, local composers to bring new art music to life. Talented young Oregonians will perform a diverse mix of works by Cascadia Composers at this energizing event, one of our favorite new traditions.

This concert forges 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.

Sat Jun 16, 3PM, Portland State University, Lincoln Hall, Room 75 – 1620 SW Park Ave., Portland, OR, 97201

Free Admission!
Our Waters: Big River to the Pacific

Our Waters: Big River to the Pacific

We are inspired by the many courageous stands to protect our rivers with some of the moral courage shown at Standing Rock, including all those protectors along what Chinook Indians for millennia called Big River, the Columbia. To celebrate we asked Cascadia Composers to explore with percussion, woodwinds, strings or voice what the river and its France sized watershed, might mean in music.

To string together our beads of sound are gifted story tellers Ed Edmo and Will Hornyak, and visual artist Bonnie Meltzer. Ed Edmo was born at Celilo Falls, a warrior of words and of legends. Will Hornyak is master of the imagination who brings tears of recognition or a side-ache from laughing. Bonnie Meltzer creates visions of a river, ideally one without coal tarnishing its glimmer. All this in the beautiful space at NASCC.

Sat May 12, 7:30PM, The Native American Student & Community Center at PSU, 710 SW Jackson St, Portland, OR, 97201

Big Horn Brass: Music of Masters Past and Present

Big Horn Brass: Music of Masters Past and Present

This exciting collaborative program with Big Horn Brass features new works by members of Cascadia Composers along with masterpieces by Claude Debussy, Wolfgang Mozart, Giacomo Puccini, and J.S. Bach. Big Horn Brass is a Portland, OR-based brass choir celebrating 35 years of entertaining local audiences. The group’s repertoire includes music from symphonic masterworks, the Renaissance and Baroque eras, ragtime, big band jazz, pop/rock, movie scores, and original compositions and arrangements for brass.  Click for more info.

PLEASE NOTE, the date, time and venue have changed since our spring brochure was published:  Sat Apr 21, 7PM, St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 10390 SW Canyon Rd. Beaverton, OR 97005

Ticket Prices: ON SALE NOW!

  • Adults (18-54) – $20 online, $25 at the door
  • Seniors (55+) – $15
  • Students (13-17) – $10
  • Children (12 and under) – $5