Wednesday, March 18, 2009

24/7 - 24 free classical concerts for a nation at war

From the press release of organist and concert organizer Bill Crane:

By mid-March, the United States will have been at war in Afghanistan and Iraq for seven years, yet one hardly hears that fact mentioned. To mark this important, if tragic, anniversary, over 150 of the Portland area's best classical musicians are uniting to make a giant musical gift to the city and region. Event curators Bill Crane and Thomas Lauderdale have recruited an amazing roster of performers. The public is invited.

Titled simply "24/7," it will be a series of 24 dramatic concerts, each starting upon the hour, from 7:00 p.m. Saturday, March 21, and continuing through to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, March 22.

All 24 concerts are free and will take place in the auditorium of the Wieden+Kennedy building, 224 Northwest 13th Avenue, between Davis and Everett Streets, in Portland's Pearl District. Wieden+Kennedy join the performing artists to invite sincerely all area residents of good will to these concerts. No tickets are required.

The following schedule is subject to change.

Saturday, March 21
7:00 p.m. - Program 1

Portland Brass Quintet and Friends
Jeff Snyder, Fil Ovando, and Steve Conrow, trumpets
Jen Harrison, Jill Torberson, and Alan Stromquist, French horns; Greg Scholl and Ken Biggs, trombones
John Walling, tuba; Dean Hinkley, percussion
Aaron Copland: “Fanfare for the Common Man”
and music of Gabrieli, Richard Strauss, and Handel

8:00 p.m. - Program 2

Rosa Li, pianist
Johann Sebastian Bach: "Prelude and Fugue in D Major",
"Well-tempered Clavier, Book I"
Ludwig van Beethoven: "Sonata Opus 2, No. 3"
Frederic Chopin: "Ballade No. 4"
Robert Muczynski: "Desparate Measures"

9:00 p.m. - Program 3

The Portland Gay Men's Chorus
Bob Mensel, music director and conductor Robert Seeley, “Brave Souls and Dreamers” (on a libretto of Robert Espindola), a dramatic cantata that explores the repercussion of war on the human experience, with special soloists Jennifer Gill, mezzo-soprano,
Steve Fulmer, bass, Derek Becker, tenor, and Brian Robertson, baritone.

10:00 p.m. - Program 4

Peggie Schwarz, mezzo-soprano
Cycle of Love, a sassy but poignant set of cabaret songs by Aaron Copland, John Adams, and Kurt Weill.

Les Green, tenor
Wonderful French chansons.

11:00 p.m. - Program 5

Fear No Music, Inés Voglar, artistic dir.
Joe Waters: "Flamehead"
Reza Vali: "Folk Dance for String Quartet"
Robert McBride: "Jilted"

Sunday, March 22
12:00 midnight - Program 6

Melegari Chamber Players,
Paloma Griffin, artistic director
Pete Townsend: "Love Reign Over Me"
(arr. David Gerow)
David Gerow, mandolin
Paloma Griffin, violin
Joel Belgique, viola
Nancy Ives, cello

Mozart: Oboe Quartet, K370
Karen Wagner, oboe
Paloma Griffin, violin
Jennifer Arnold, viola
Justin Kagan, cello

J.M. LeClaire: "Sonata for Two Violins, Op. 3, No. 2"
Gregory Ewer, Paloma Griffin, violins

John Lennon (arr. Evan Kuhlmann with Pink Martini):
"Real Love"
Timothy Nishimoto (vocalist), Melegari String Quartet (Paloma Griffin, Inés Voglar, violins, Joel Belgique, viola, Nancy Ives, cello), and The Flash Choir led by Pat Janowski and Sarah Dougher.

Franz Bibel (arr. Aaron LaVere):
"Ave Maria for 8 Trombones"
Edgar Meyer (arr. Evan Kuhlmann):
"First Impressions"
Nicholas Crosa, violin
Paloma Griffin, violin
Thomas Lauderdale, piano

1:00 a.m. - Program 7

Third Angle, Ron Blessinger, artistic dir.
Chen Yi: "Sprout and Burning"
George Crumb: "Black Angels"

2:00 a.m. - Program 8

Michele Mariana, jazz vocalist with
Reece Marshburn, piano

3:00 a.m. - Program 9

Portland Cello Project,
Doug Jenkins, artistic director

4:00 a.m. - Program 10

Thomas Lauderdale program or
ChadHeltzel, pianist, TBA

5:00 a.m. - Program 11

Chad Heltzel, pianist or
Thomas Lauderdale program, TBA

6:00 a.m. - Program 12

Ron Potts, pianist
Domenico Scarlatti: "Sonata"
Robert Schumann: "Arabesque"
Sergei Rachmaninoff: "Two Preludes"
Maurice Ravel: "Le tombeau de Couperin"
Bela Bartok: "Suite, Opus 14"

7:00 a.m. - Program 13

Drumming and Brahms
Obo Addy, master drummer
Gregory Dubay, cello, Bill Crane, piano
Brahms: "Sonata for Cello and Piano in e-minor"

8:00 a.m. - Program 14

Tamara Still
Johann Sebastian Bach: "Goldberg Variations"

9:00 a.m. - Program 15

Jass Two Plus One, "Hot and Swing Jazz
of the 1920's and 30's"

10:00 a.m. - Program 16

The music of Johannes Brahms
Justin Kagan, cellist
Bill Crane, pianist

11:00 a.m. - Program 17

Jeffrey Payne, piano
Olivier Messiaen: "Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jesus" (selections)

12:00 noon - Program 18

Marie Fiorillo, soprano, Carol Lucas, pianist, Sara Watts, violinist, Irving Levin, cellist, and violin students of Carol Sindell

1:00 p.m. - Program 19

Lisa Mooyman, soprano, Sherry Olson, mezzo-soprano, David Hattner, clarinet Music of Claudio Monteverdi and Franz Schubert's famous"Shepherd on the Rock"

2:00 p.m. - Program 20

Michael and Elizabeth Strickland, piano. A wide-ranging program by a father and daughter team!

3:00 p.m. - Program 21

Ida Rae Cahana, soprano, Abby Mages,
flute, Jerry Deckelbaum and Bill Crane, piano
Music from the historic Sephardim
Claude Debussy: "Syrincx"
Francis Poulenc: "Sonata for Flute and Piano"
Gabriel Faure: "Dolly Suite" for piano, four hands

4:00 p.m. - Program 22

Angela Niederloh, alto; Julie Coleman, violin;
Janet Coleman, piano

5:00 p.m. - Program 23

Carol Sindell, violin; Janet Guggenheim, piano
Cesar Franck: "Sonata for violin and piano"
Claude Debussy: "Sonata for Violin and Piano"

6:00 p.m. - Program 24

Company (All 24/7 artists and other invited musicians: David Hattner, the new music director of the Portland
Youth Philharmonic, will conduct the assembled forces, including many singers from the Portland Symphonic Choir and instrumentalists from the Oregon Symphony and other ensembles)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, finale
("Ode to Joy")

To check the final schedule of all 24 concerts, please consult

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