June 3, 2012
XX Century Chamber Music for Viola and Diverse Instruments
The Oregon Viola Society is pleased to announce its sponsorship of a unique chamber music concert at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 3, 2012. The concert will be held at The Old Church in Portland, at the corner of 12th and Clay, and will feature 20th Century (XXc) chamber music written for the viola and diverse instruments. FREE Admission. Donations are welcome at the door. Donations will help fund Oregon Viola Society scholarships for young violists.
Twenty-six performers representing some of Portland’s finest professional musicians will be performing nine works. Among the compositions to be performed are Randall Thompson’s Suite for Oboe, Clarinet and Viola; a small work by Portland’s own Jacob Avshalomov entitled “Taking Leave of a Friend” scored for Mezzo Soprano, Flute, Viola and Piano; Seymour Barab’s “The Lovers” for Medium Voice, Clarinet, Viola, Cello and Piano; Vincent Persichetti’s Serenade for Trombone, Viola and Cello, and Robert Mueller’s “Mogami-gawa” scored for solo electric viola, piano and a five percussion ensemble comprised of the Portland State University percussion ensemble and featuring Oregon Symphony’s principal violist, Joel Belgique and Head of PSU’s percussion department, Dr. Joel Bluestone.
Performers include some of Portland’s most active freelance professional musicians and university music professors. Mezzo-soprano Dr. Ruth Dobson has taught many of Portland’s finest vocalists at Portland State University, Lewis and Clark, and University of Oregon; violist Dr. Miriam English Ward teaches viola and chamber music at Lewis and Clark College, and Mr. Belgique and Dr. Bluestone teach their respective instruments at Portland State University. Among others performing at this concert are Abby Mages (flute) and Justin Kagan (cello) of the 45th Parallel ensemble; Shelley Mathewson, who leads the viola sections of the Oregon Ballet Theatre and the Portland Opera; Stephen Price, a long-time member of the viola section of the Oregon Symphony; Alicia Charlton, principal clarinetist with the Columbia Symphony; and Janet Coleman, one of the most sought-after collaborative pianists in the metropolitan area.
A wine and cheese reception follows the concert.
Concert details once again: 20th Century Chamber Music for Viola and Diverse Instruments. Sunday, June 3, 2012, 7:00 p.m. The Old Church (corner of 12th and Clay). FREE admission.