Concerts

A Quiet Place in the Rain by Nicholas Yandell

A Quiet Place in the Rain by Nicholas Yandell

It’s the premiere of A Quiet Place in the Rain for cello and harp by Nicholas Yandell, Oregon Music Teachers Association’s Composer of the Year!

Unfortunately, this live-stream event has been cancelled.

Join host Daniel Brugh for a unique live-stream event documenting the recording of this OMTA commissioned new work. Included in the approximately 30-minute event will be an interview with the composer on the creation and inspiration for his new work.

Nick has this to say about A Quiet Place in the Rain:
“The title of this piece is based on the idea of an unconventional refuge. This is a confrontational place that is cold, damp, and unpleasant, where one purposely goes to face their buried fears and anxieties. In this work, the listener goes to such a place, away from the comforts of their life, plunging themselves into the darkness, and through exposure and catharsis, finds redemption on the other side.”

Seasoned new music performers Hannah Hillebrand on cello and Kate Petak on harp will help unveil the piece for the first time at Temple Baptist Church in Portland where the live-stream will be filmed. Please note: This is a live-stream event only. Please do not visit Temple Baptist Church in order to watch the event. For information on Hannah, please visit http://www.northwestpianotrio.com/about.html. For information on Kate, please visit http://www.katepetak.com.

Portland based composer Nicholas Yandell’s music is often narratively driven and intends to both “immerse the listener in a vivid sonic realm and also take them on an enlightening emotional journey.” In addition to commissions from 45th Parallel and performances by the Delgani String Quartet, Nick has his own freelance sound and film score business: Basement Music, with composer Tristan Bliss. For more information on Nicholas, please visit https://www.nicholasyandell.com/.

Although the worldwide pandemic is keeping live audience events on hold, Cascadia Composers continues to present new music from its members including this first in a monthly series of livestream concert-interview events hosted by longtime Cascadia impresario Daniel Brugh. Please visit our website regularly for updates on these and other livestreamed concerts.

Paul Safar Remote Piano Recital Fundraiser for Cascadia Composers

Paul Safar Remote Piano Recital Fundraiser for Cascadia Composers

On Monday, May 4th at 4 pm (Pacific Time), I will present my third remote solo piano recital from my home studio in Eugene. This will be a livestream at 4 pm sharp directly on my facebook page (Paul Safar). This time, I am encouraging audience members to donate any amount (in lieu of a ticket) to Cascadia Composers, which, like many non profits these days has seen their season postponed or canceled.

Watch from anywhere in the world! Streamed live at time of presentation here: https://www.facebook.com/paul.safar.9

As in my previous recitals, I present original compositions, standard and not so standard classical repertoire and a smattering of jazz and popular pieces while talking a bit in between works. The theme to this recital is “Homages and Influences”. The concert will last about an hour and pairs well with an afternoon tea, a nice glass of pinot or pint of pilsner. 🙂

If so inclined, after the concert, please go to
http://www.cascadiacomposers.org/donate/ to contribute. Any amount will be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks for considering Cascadia Composers as I know there are many worthy organizations in need today.

HAIR, REED, HAMMER: The articulation of sound

HAIR, REED, HAMMER: The articulation of sound

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.

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