Press Release from Mattie Kaiser, Executive Director of CRPDX:
We are excited here at Classical Revolution PDX to present our very first artist showcase:
Leander Star, French horn on Tap
Wednesday July 15th, 2009. 8:30 PM
The Green Dragon, 928 SE 9th Ave, Portland
Donation requested, no one turned away
Classical Revolution PDX, known for “prodding classical music to be more hip and, dare they say, fun,” will present Leander Star on French horn. The recital will take place on WEDNESDAY July 15th at the Green Dragon Pub. He will be assisted by Portland native and Cleveland Institute of Music staff accompanist Adam Whiting and Oregon Symphony musician Graham Kingsbury.
The performance repertoire hails from the “Third Stream Movement”—the era when composers in New York City made attempts to combine the Jazz and Classical idioms. The results of that experimentation are sometimes campy, sometimes sexy, and always fun.
As a youngster, Leander Star played principal horn in the Portland Youth Philharmonic. When he was eighteen, Star won a position with the Columbia Symphony of Portland and the Co-principal horn spot in the Vancouver Washington Symphony Orchestra. Many Portlanders will also remember Leander from his days as songwriter and bassist in the queer activist punk band T-rexxxa. Star attended the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and is currently a fully-funded graduate student in the prestigious horn studio of Northwestern University.
The recital will be a great combination of beer, burlesque and brass. We hope to see you there!