Concerts

Forward With Cascadia!

Forward With Cascadia!

We at Cascadia Composers hope you are all staying healthy and coping with the extraordinary circumstances of these days. If any of you or yours do happen to catch the pandemic bug, we wish you and them a mild case and a quick recovery.

Everyone here is hoping to reschedule the NACUSA National Conference, with the same content as had been planned (see below) insofar as is possible. We are actively working on it. However, considering the many uncertainties still surrounding the pandemic and possible aftereffects, along with the major investment of resources (ours and often yours) that every conference is, we regret we can’t realistically project any dates at this time. Although naturally we’d like it to happen sooner, it seems unlikely it could happen before next March.

In the meantime, we plan to livestream selected content planned for the conference in online “concerts” and other presentations. Keep an eye on http://www.cascadiacomposers.org/ in the coming months for details.

Cascadia Composers, your go-to source for local new music, is honored to bring you a wider world by hosting the 2020 National Conference of its parent organization, NACUSA (National Association of Composers USA)! This March, Cascadia in partnership with Lewis & Clark College present a three-day bonanza of new music, including six concerts and multiple composer presentations.

A host of renowned performers, including Friends of Rain, Resonance Ensemble, Portland Percussion Group, and piano duo favorites Stephanie & Saar will perform the music of a dozen local composers, plus two dozen more composers from around the USA, all who will be in attendance and eager to hear what our local performers do with their music and what our local audiences think about it.

All concerts are open to the public. Tickets are available at the door, or through Brown Paper Tickets by clicking the icons below.  Prices unless noted otherwise are $20 general admission (buys 2 with Arts Card from RACC) / $10 (seniors, members, working artists) / $5 (students) / free for 12 and under.

 

NACUSA 2020 Conference Lineup
Location: Lewis & Clark College
0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd.  Portland, OR 97219

 

• Fresh Finds 3/19/20 3:30PM at Evans Auditorium

We’re starting the conference off with a bang with exciting new works by talented local student composers from Lewis & Clark College, Portland State University and The Evergreen State College! Featured performers include the Evergreen Experimental Music Ensemble, Lewis and Clark’s Cappella Nova (under the direction of Katherine FitzGibbon), and guest luminaries.  Students admitted free, all others $5.

 

• In the ‘Hood 3/19/20 7:30PM at Agnes Flanagan Chapel

Friends of Rain and top-notch guest performers play works by Cascadia composers Adam Eason, Michael Johanson, Alexander LaFollett, Andrew Lewinter, Liz Nedela, Lisa Neher, Gary Noland, Lesley Sommer, and William Toutant. Two hours.

 

• Beethoven’s 250th 3/20/20 1:00PM at Evans Auditorium

In honor of the 250th year of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth, this concert features Beethoven-inspired piano works by Theresa Koon and David Lefkowitz, plus Stephanie & Saar playing Beethoven’s Grosse Fuge and other works. One hour, half price!

 

• Spring Fever! 3/20/20 7:30PM at Agnes Flanagan Chapel

Portland Percussion Group goes crazy playing the music of Trent Hanna, Michael Johanson, and Greg A Steinke. Then  Resonance Ensemble brings you choral works that speak (mostly) to today’s issues and concerns by local composers Judy A. Rose and Jeff Winslow, and visiting composers Martin Blessinger, Katie Kring, Lansing McLoskey, Liza Sobel, and Ingrid Stölzel. Two hours total.

 

• Amplitude & Attitude 3/21/20 1:00PM at Evans Auditorium

Electroacoustic and media works by local composer Kirsten Volness and visiting composers Joe L. Alexander, Chris Arrell, Patrice Langsdale-Williams, Timothy Moyers, and David Peoples. Some composers will play in their own works. One hour, half price!

 

• A Wider World 3/21/20 7:30PM at Evans Auditorium

Friends of Rain and guests celebrate the glorious diversity of new music being created across the USA with performances of chamber works by visiting NACUSA composers Andrew Conklin, Doug Davis, Joshua Hey, Partick Houlihan, Mark Kilstofte, David Lefkowitz, Allen Shearer, Andy Sigler, and Stephen Yip. Two hours.

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.

CONCERT MOSAIC – New Music and Art by Northwest Women

CONCERT MOSAIC – New Music and Art by Northwest Women

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 Quartetalong 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:

Past Concerts

ArcoPDX 5th Anniversary Concert

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...

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Made In Oregon @ Astoria Music Festival 2019!

Made In Oregon @ Astoria Music Festival 2019!

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...

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Portland is In Good Hands this year!

Portland is In Good Hands this year!

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...

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We’re ALL WIRED UP!  Come feel the buzz April 20th!

We’re ALL WIRED UP! Come feel the buzz April 20th!

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...

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Ten Years On – Cascadia Founders Speak

Ten Years On – Cascadia Founders Speak

Ten years ago this March, Portland audiences first experienced music from Cascadia Composers. Some folks loved it; others didn’t. One even stood up and lectured impromptu on what we should write instead. But despite controversy, we’ve prospered. Yes, the founders were...

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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...

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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...

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