Wednesday, September 17, 2014

45th Parallel Quartet to open its sixth season with Leclair: A Tale of Two Countries

Greg Ewer and Adam LaMotte
From the press release:

45th Parallel presents the opening concert of  its 6th season Wednesday, October 8th at 7:30 pm at The Historic Old Church in downtown Portland. The concert is entitled Leclair: A Tale of Two Countries. Performers are Greg Ewer and Adam LaMotte, violins; Nathan Whittaker, cello; Susan Jensen, harpsichord. The Old Church is located at 1422 SW 11th Avenue, Portland, OR, 97201.

The program will feature works by Jean-Marie Leclair, Arcangelo Corelli (Italy) and Jean-Baptiste Lully (France). Leclair is credited with establishing an important link between Italian and French musical styles of the 18th century. Ewer and LaMotte will perform selections from the recording, and discuss Leclair’s blending of influences from the two countries.

In March, 2014 Ewer and LaMotte released a landmark recording of all 12 Sonatas for Two Violins by Jean-Marie Leclair. It is the first time this music has been available as a complete set and in high definition. It has received critical acclaim from over a dozen national and international publications.

New York Times - “an elegant recording…sparkling with French refinement and spirit”
The Strad Magazine - a “landmark recording of Leclair’s twelve violin duo sonatas”
Early Music America - “Ewer and LaMotte…show an uncanny ability to match gesture, timing, quality of sound, phrasing and ornamentation”
Fanfare Magazine – “Urgently recommended.”

Tickets, $25 for general admission and $20 for student/seniors, are available at and  45th Parallel, founded in 2009, is a nonprofit celebrating musicians of the Pacific Northwest. With emphasis on small ensembles and creative programming, 45th Parallel seeks to bring Portland’s rich chamber music culture out of the living room and onto the stage.
Contact: Gregory Ewer, Artistic Director, 503-341-0606,

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