Concerts

Choral Arts Ensemble Performs Cascadia Seasonal Works

Choral Arts Ensemble Performs Cascadia Seasonal Works

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.

More info about Choral Arts Ensemble’s current season!

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.

Concert Celebrating Tomas Svoboda’s 80th Birthday!

Concert Celebrating Tomas Svoboda’s 80th Birthday!

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.

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EXTRA!  Make Tom Laugh!  Bring him a funny birthday card – the sillier, the better!

Come hear songs sung by Lisa Neher – and more – in Shades of Autumn!

Come hear songs sung by Lisa Neher – and more – in Shades of Autumn!

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

Barbara Strozzi, Cascadia composer Stacey Philipps, In Mulieribus

Barbara Strozzi, Cascadia composer Stacey Philipps, In Mulieribus

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

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Past Concerts

Caldera

Caldera

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.

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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!

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In Good Hands

In Good Hands

One of Cascadia Composers’ favorite new traditions! Talented young Oregonians will perform a diverse mix of works by Cascadia Composers!!

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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.

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Tombeau de Claude Debussy à Travers la Mer

Tombeau de Claude Debussy à Travers la Mer

100 years to the day of Claude Debussy’s death, ten Cascadia composers will pay musical tribute to his life, work, and influence, echoing “Tombeau de Claude Debussy,” his postwar memorial concert, from “across the sea”.

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Fabulous February Fantasia

Fabulous February Fantasia

Fantasias and boogies and fandangos rub elbows with laments and dirges and audience participation chants. Winter gives way to Spring. Light and hope begin to stream back into the world. All is fabulous.

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