Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Today's Birthdays

Georg Anton Benda (1722-1795)
Laszlo Lajtha (1892-1963)
John Duke (1899-1984)
Lena Horne (1917-2010)
James Loughran (1931)
Giles Swayne (1946)
Stephen Barlow (1954)
Esa-Pekka Salonen (1958)


John Gay (1685-1732)
Czeslaw Milosz (1911-2004)

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Today's Birthdays

Aarre Merikanto (1893-1958)
Nelson Eddy (1901-1967)
Leroy Anderson (1908-1975)
Frank Loesser (1910-1969)
Bernard Hermann (1911-1975)
Rafael Kubelik (1914-1996)
Ezra Laderman (1924-2015)
James Dick (1940)
Joelle Wallach (1946)
"Little Eva" Boyd 1945-2003)
Anne-Sophie Mutter (1963)


Antoine de Saint Exupéry (1900-1944)
James K. Baxter (1926-1972)
Oriana Fallaci (1929-2006)

Monday, June 28, 2021

Today's Birthdays

Napoléon Coste (1805-1883)
Joseph Joachim (1831-1907)
Richard Rodgers (1902-1979)
Arnold Shaw (1909-1989)
Sergiu Celibidache (1912-1996)
George Lloyd (1913-1998)
Giselher Klebe (1925-2009)
Robert Xavier Rodriguez (1946)
Philip Fowke (1950)
Thomas Hampson (1955)


Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)
Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)
Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936)
Eric Ambler (1909-1989)
Mark Helprin (1947)

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Today's Birthdays

Friedrich Silcher (1789-1860)
Toti Dal Monte (1893-1975)
Karel Reiner (1910-1979)
George Walker (1922-2018)
Ruth Schönthal (1924-2006)
Anno Moffo (1932-2006)
Hugh Wood (1932)
Daniel Asia (1953)
Nancy Gustafson (1956)
Magnus Lindberg (1958)
Robert King (1960)


James Smithson (1765-1829)
Paul Lawrence Dunbar (1872-1906)
Helen Keller (1880-1968)
Frank O'Hara (1926-1966)
Lucille Clifton (1936-2010)
Alice McDermott (1953)

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Today's Birthdays

Big Bill Broonzy (1893-1958)
Hugues Cuénod (1902-2010)
Wolfgang Windgassen (1914-1974)
Giuseppe Taddei (1916-2010)
Syd Lawrence (1923-1998)
Jacob Druckman (1928-1996)
Claudio Abbado (1933-2014)


Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973)
Walter Farley (1916-1989)

Friday, June 25, 2021

Today's Birthdays

Gustave Charpentier (1860-1956)
Arthur Tracy (1899-1997)
Bill Russo (1928-2003)
Kurt Schwertsik (1935)
Carly Simon (1945)


Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926)
George Abbott (1887-1995)
George Orwell (1903-1950)
Sonia Sotomayor (1954)

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Oregon Symphony Brass have a blast at the Lot at Zidell Yards

Norman Huynh, Jeff Garza, and the Oregon Symphony brass | Photo - Connor Meyer

It was truly a wonderful and memorable experience to hear live music again with real live musicians and a real live audience! That was the overwhelming feeling on Friday evening (June 18) at the Lot at Zidell Yards, a new outdoor venue at the foot of the Ross Island Bridge in the South Waterfront neighborhood of Portland. The brass section of the Oregon Symphony gave a festive performance of pieces that spanned centuries and styles under the direction of associate conductor Norman Huynh. The enthusiasm of Huynh and the musicians and the audience was palpable. After the concert concluded, people didn’t rush away. They lingered and seemed to savor the moment. Most of them, like the musicians, had waited 15 months for an opportunity to hear music that was not funneled to them over a computer laptop or was pre-recorded. The concert was like receiving a vaccine shot! Hallelujah!

Notwithstanding a cool breeze, which blew some of the scores off of a few music stands and almost off of the conductor’s stand (Huynh demonstrated cat-quick reflexes more than once), the performers and the audience had a blast. All of the selections were played with great sensitivity to dynamics and pacing. Huynh peppered his commentary to each piece with bits of music history, anecdotal blurb, and humor – just the right blend to give the musicians a break to rest their embouchures. A giant screen provided close-ups of the musicians, so that even those who sat furthest away didn’t miss a thing.

The concert kicked off with Joan Tower’s “Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman” No. 1 and proceed apace with an equally robust ensemble number for two brass choirs by Giovanni Gabrieli. One of the most unusual numbers was Samuel Barber’s “Mutations from Bach,” which included recitatives – given to the French horns – from Bach’s Cantata No. 23. I would like to hear this again someday in a concert hall because the muted sections were difficult to hear.

Principal trumpeter Jeffrey Work conquered Edwin Franko Goldman’s “American Fantasia” with panache. It contained an inventive mixture of folk songs like “Yankee Doodle Dandy” and hymns, such as “Jesus Loves the Little Children of the World.” Work expertly negotiated a dizzying array of runs on his cornet despite a couple of cold jolts from the wind.

Trumpeter Jeff Work  | Photo - James Bash

Edward Elgar’s “Nimrod” (arranged by Jay Lichtman) received a fine performance with a big climax that Huynh and the musicians fashioned. This was followed by a stately rendition of James Weldon Johnson’s “Lift Every Voice and Sing” (arranged by Jari A. Villanueva) in tribute to Juneteenth. Then came Ástor Piazzola’s “Maria of Buenos Aires” (arranged by Steven Verhelst) in a performance that had bounce and verve plus a really wicked fugue introduced by the trombones.

Jeff Garza made his solo debut as the orchestra’s new principal French hornist with Hoagy Carmichael’s “Stardust” (in an arrangement by John Iveson). Gaza created a lovely, warm sound that complimented the dimming skyline.

The ensemble wound up the evening with a wonderful “Carmen Suite” by arranger Douglas Hasilip of music from Bizet’s opera “Carmen” and finally “Quidditch,” which John Williams wrote for the Harry Potter movies.

Between one of the pieces, just after one of the windy blasts, Huynh commented, “We missed our opportunity to play music from Gone with the Wind.”

Aptly said!

Today's Birthdays

Harry Partch (1901-1974)
Pierre Fournier (1906-1986)
Milton Katims (1909-2006)
Denis Dowling (1910-1984)
Terry Riley (1935)


Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)
John Ciardi (1916-1986)
Anita Desai (1937)
Stephen Dunn (1939)

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Today's Birthdays

Carl Reinecke (1824-1910)
Mieczyslaw Horszowski (1892-1993)
George Russell (1923-2009)
Adam Faith (1940-2003)
James Levine (1943)
Nigel Osborne (1948)
Nicholas Cleobury (1950)
Sylvia McNair (1956)


Anna Akhmatova (1889-1966)
Michael Shaara (1928-1988)
David Leavitt (1961)

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Today's Birthdays

Francesco Manfredini (1684-1762)
Étienne Nicolas Méhul (1763-1817)
Frank Heino Damrosch (1859-1937)
Jennie Tourel (1900-1973)
Walter Leigh (1905-1942)
Sir Peter Pears (1910-1986)
Hans-Hubert Schönzeler (1925-1997)
Pierre Thibaud (1929-2004)
Libor Pešek (1933)
Pierre Amoyal (1949)
Christopher Norton (1953)


Harriett Mulford Stone Lothrop (1844-1924)
Erich Maria Remarque (1898-1970)
Billy Wilder (1906-2002)
Joseph Papp (1921-1991)
Meryl Streep (1949)
Elizabeth Warren (1949)

Monday, June 21, 2021

Today's Birthdays

Henry Holden Huss (1862-1953)
Hilding Rosenberg (1892-1985)
Harry Newstone (1921-2006)
Lou Ottens (1926)
Lalo Schifrin (1932)
Diego Masson (1935)
Philippe Hersant (1948)
Judith Bingham (1952)
Jennifer Larmore (1958)


Alexander Pope (1688-1744)
Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1972)
Donald Peattie (1898-1964)
Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980)
Mary McCarthy (1912-1989)
Ian McEwan (1948)

and from the Composers Datebook:

On this day in 1890. Richard Strauss's tone-poem "Death and Transfiguration" and "Burleske" for Piano and Orchestra were given their premieres in Eisenach, at a convention of the General German Music Association, with the composer conducting and Eugen d'Albert as the piano soloist in the "Burleske".

Sunday, June 20, 2021

In new recording, Remote Together, oboist Lee explores more new territory

Meditative, contemplative, and set at unhurried pace, the music of oboist Catherine Lee on her latest recording, “Remote Together,” takes listeners on a journey that meshes sounds that you might hear in a recital hall or a studio with sounds from that might come from the forest or the riverside. This album follows an adventurous path, that Lee established with her debut release of “Social Sounds” on the Teal Cree Music label, back in 2013. For readers who are not familiar with Lee, she is a veteran freelancer and teaches at Willamette University, Western Oregon University, and George Fox University.

All of the pieces in “Remote Together” feature composers from Canada and the U.S. who live in the Pacific Northwest. Several numbers were commissioned by Lee, and some were recorded before the pandemic.

Beginning with “Nocturne,” written by Jordan Nobles in 2013, Lee puts us in familiar territory, generating a warm tone on her oboe and a beautiful melody that seems to begin to search for something different. This is followed by Dana Reason’s “Chanson de Fleurs – Eleanor of Aquitaine” (2017), which was inspired by the mediaeval queen who was imprisoned by her husband, King Henry II of England for about 16 years because she supported his overthrow by one of their sons. Reason’s piece has an element of sadness and a firm heartbeat that goes away and then returns after a sonic avalanche occurs, which evokes the image of Eleanor of Aquitaine achieving freedom from prison.

In Taylor Brook’s “Alluvium” (2017), the deeper-sounding oboe d’amore shifts about in microtones, accompanied by a drone of electronics. “Red Eyes, Green Lion’s Teeth, Golden Heads,” created by Julian snow for oboe d’amore and tape in 2017, has sounds vaguely oriental and mysterious. Rounding out the CD is Matt Carlson’s “Chiasmus” (2018), which uses the English horn and synthesizer to evoke an interior monologue and a haunting atmosphere. Lee teamed up with Juniana Lanning to create “Silkys” (2020), which offers intriguing field recordings of real silk moths. The oboe sides between tones and wiggles, perhaps in imitation of a silk worm. Lee also uses extended techniques to produce some unusual sounds that make this listener wonder how she does it.

“Remote Together” is released by RedShift Music and available for purchase on Bandcamp and it’s digital download can be found on CD Baby, iTunes, and Amazon.

Today's Birthdays

Joseph Martin Kraus (1756-1792)
Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880)
Wilfred Pelletier (1896-1982)
Chet Atkins (1924-2001)
Ingrid Haebler (1926)
Eric Dolphy (1928-1964)
Arne Nordheim (1931-2010)
Mickie Most (1938-2003)
Brian Wilson (1942)
Anne Murray (1945)
André Watts (1946)
Lionel Richie (1949)


Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948)
Lillian Hellman (1905-1984)
Josephine Winslow Johnson (1910-1990)
Vikram Seth (1952)

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Today's Birthdays

François Rebel (1701-1775)
Johann Wenzel Stamitz (1717-1757)
Carl Zeller (1842-1898)
Alfredo Catalani (1854-1893)
Sergei Taneyev (1856-1915)
Guy Lombardo (1902-1977)
Edwin Gerschefski (1909-1988)
Anneliese Rothenberger (1926-2010)
Elmar Oliveira (1950)
Philippe Manoury 1952)


Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)
Pauline Kael (1919-2001)v Tobias Wolff (1945)
Salman Rushdie (1947)

Friday, June 18, 2021

Today's Birthdays

Antonio Maria Bononcini (1677-1726)
Ignaz Pleyel (1757-1831)
David Popper (1843-1913)
Sir George Thalben-Ball (1896-1987)
Edward Steuermann (1892-1964)
Manuel Rosenthal (1904-2003)
Eduard Tubin (1905-1982)
Paul McCartney (1942)
Hans Vonk (1942-2004)
Anthony Halstead (1945)
Diana Ambache (1948)
Eva Marton (1948)
Peter Donohoe (1953)


Geoffrey Hill (1932-2016)
Gail Godwin (1937)
Jean McGarry (1948)
Chris Van Allsburg (1949)
Amy Bloom (1953)
Richard Powers (1957)

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Today's Birthdays

John Wesley (1703-1791)
Charles Gounod (1818-1893)
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
Hermann Reutter (1900-1985)
Einar Englund (1916-1999)
Galina Ustvolskaya (1919-2006)
Sir Edward Downes (1924-2009)
Christian Ferras (1933-1982)
Gérard Grisey (1946-1998)
Derek Lee Ragin (1958)


M. C. Escher (1898-1972)
John Hersey (1914-1993)
Ron Padgett (1942)

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Today's Birthdays

Niccolò Vito Piccinni (1728-1800)
Helen Traubel (1899-1972)
Willi Boskovsky (1909-1990)
Sergiu Comissiona (1928-2005)
Lucia Dlugoszewski (1931-2000)
Jerry Hadley (1952-2007)
David Owen Norris (1953)


Geronimo (1829-1909)
Joyce Carol Oates (1938)

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Today's Birthdays

Franz Danzi (1763-1826)
Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
Ernestine Schumann‑Heink (1861-1936)
Guy Ropartz (1864-1955)
Robert Russell Bennett (1894-1981)
Sir Thomas Armstrong (1898-1994)
Otto Luening (1900-1996)
Geoffrey Parsons (1929-1995)
Waylon Jennings (1937-2002)
Harry Nilsson (1941-1994)
Paul Patterson (1947)
Rafael Wallfisch (1953)
Robert Cohen (1959)


Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827)
Saul Steinberg (1914-1999)
Dava Sobel (1947)

Monday, June 14, 2021

Today's Birthdays

Antonio Sacchini (1730-1786)
Simon Mayr (1763-1845)
Nicolai Rubinstein (1835-1881)
John McCormack (1884-1945)
Heddle Nash (1894-1961)
Rudolf Kempe (1910-1976)
Stanley Black (1913-2002)
Theodore Bloomfield (1923-1998)
Natalia Gutman (1942)
Lang Lang (1982)


Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)
John Bartlett (1820-1905)
Margaret Bourke-White (1904-1971)
Ernesto (Che) Guevara de la Serna (1928-1967)
Jonathan Raban (1942)
Mona Simpson (1971)

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Today's Birthdays

Anton (Antonín) Wranitzky (1761-1820)
Anton Eberl (1766-1807)
Elisabeth Schumann (1888-1952)
Carlos Chavez (1899-1978)
Alan Civil (1929-1989)
Gwynne Howell (1938)
Sarah Connolly (1963)
Alain Trudel (1966)


Frances Burney (1752-1840)
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)
Mary Antin (1881-1949)
Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957)
William S. Burroughs (1914-1997)

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Today's Birthdays

Vanni Marcoux (1877-1962)
Werner Josten (1895-1963)
Alexandre Tansman (1897-1986)
Leon Goossens (1897-1988)
Maurice Ohana (1913-1992)
Ian Partridge (1938)
Chick Corea (1941)
Oliver Knussen (1952)


Harriet Martineau (1802-1876)
Charles Kingsley (1819-1875)
Egon Schiele (1890-1918)
Djuna Barnes (1892-1982)
Anne Frank (1929-1945)

Friday, June 11, 2021

Today's Birthdays

Francesco Antonio Bonporti (1672-1749)
Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
George Frederick McKay (1899-1970)
Shelly Manne (1920-1984)
Carlisle Floyd (1926)
Antony Rooley (1944)
Douglas Bostock (1955)
Conrad Tao (1994)


Ben Jonson (1572-1637)
William Styron (1925-2006)
Athol Fugard (1932)

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Today's Birthdays

Heinrich von Herzogenberg (1843-1900)
Frederick Loewe (1904-1988)
Ralph Kirkpatrick (1911-1984)
Tikhon Khrennikov (1913-2007)
Bruno Bartoletti (1925-2013)
Mark-Anthony Turnage (1960)


Gustave Courbet (1819-1877)
Terence Rattigan (1911-1977)
Saul Bellow (1915-2005)
James Salter (1925-2015)
Maurice Sendak (1928-2012)

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Today's Birthdays

Otto Nicolai (1810-1849)
Alberic Magnard (1865-1914)
Carl Nielsen (1865-1931)
Cole Porter (1891-1964)
Dame Gracie Fields (1898-1979)
Ingolf Dahl (1912-1970)
Les Paul (1915-2009)
Franco Donatoni (1927-2000)
Charles Wuorinen (1938-2020)
Ileana Cotrubas (1939)


Baroness Bertha von Suttner (1843-1914)
George Axelrod (1922-2003)
Patricia Cornwell (1956)

and from the Composers Datebook:

On this day in 1840, Franz Liszt gives a solo performance at the Hanover Square Rooms in London billed as "Recitals." This was the first time the term "recital" was used to describe a public musical performance, and it caused much discussion and debate at the time. Liszt is credited with both inventing and naming the now-common solo piano "recital."

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Today's Birthdays

Tomaso Albinoni (1671-1750)
Nicolas Dalayrac (1753-1809)
Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Erwin Schulhoff (1894-1942)
Reginald Kell (1906-1981)
Emanuel Ax (1949)


Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959)
John W Campbell (1910-1970)

and from the Composers Datebook:

On this day in 1912, Ravel's ballet, "Daphnis et Chloé" was premiered at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, by Diaghilev and the Ballet Russe, Pierre Monteux conducting.

Monday, June 7, 2021

Today's Birthdays

Leopold Auer (1845-1930)
George Szell (1897-1970)
Ilse Wolf (1921-1999)
Philippe Entremont (1934)
Neeme Järvi (1937)
Sir Tom Jones (1940)
Jaime Laredo (1941)
Prince (Prince Rogers Nelson) (1958-2015)
Roberto Alagna (1963)
Olli Mustonen (1967)


Paul Gaugin (1848-1903)
Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973)
Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000)
Nikki Giovanni (1943)
Orham Pamuk (1952)
Louise Erdrich (1954)

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Today's Birthdays

Sir John Stainer (1840-1901)
Siegfried Wagner (1869-1930)
Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978)
Vincent Persichetti (1915-1987)
Iain Hamilton (1922-2000)
Serge Nigg (1924-2008)
Klaus Tennstedt (1926-1998)
Louis Andriessen (1939)


Pierre Corneille (1606-1684)
Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837)
Thomas Mann (1875-1955)
Maxine Kumin (1925-2014)
Robert Pirsig (1928-2017)

and from the Composers Datebook:

On this day in 1931, Henry Cowell's "Synchrony" received its premiere in Paris, at the first of two concerts of modern American music with the Orchestre Straram conducted by Nicholas Slonimsky and funded anonymously by Charles Ives. On the same program, Slonimsky also conducted the Orchestre Straram in the European premieres of works by Adolph Weiss ("American Life"), Ives ("Three Places in England"), Carl Ruggles ("Men and Mountains"), and the Cuban composer Amadeo Roldan ("La Rehambatamba").

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Today's Birthdays

Arthur Somervell (1863-1937)
Robert Mayer (1879-1985)
Eduard Tubin (1905-1982)
Daniel Pinkham (1923-2006)
Peter Schat (1935-2003)
Martha Argerich (1941)
Bill Hopkins (1943-1981)


John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946)
Federico Garcia Lorca (1898-1936)
Alfred Kazin (1915-1998)
David Wagoner (1926)
Margaret Drabble (1939)
David Hare (1947)

Friday, June 4, 2021

Classical Up Close underway - free concerts in the Portland metro area!

 Musicians of the Oregon Symphony and their colleagues have put together 14 free outdoor concerts that you can experience in and around Portland. I heartily recommend these concerts to relieve your pandemic-starved lives!  Go to the Classical Up Close web site for details. Kudos to Sara Kwak and colleagues.

In the meantime, here are the details - some concerts have already taken place - from June 6th onward.

June 4
5-6 pm, 16306 S Hilltop Rd., Oregon City
Our host has suggested carpooling for this concert due to limited parking.

  • Rain date: June 6, 5-6 pm

Performers: Sarah Kwak, Chien Tan, Searmi Park, Ruby Chen, violin; Charles Noble, Vali Phillips, Kelly Talim, Leah Ilem, viola; Marilyn de Oliveira, Trevor Fitzpatrick, Antoinette Gan, cello; Andy Akiho, percussion
Brahms:  Sextet in G Major, Op 36, movement 4
Strauss:  Sextet from the Opera "Capriccio"
Four pieces by Andy Akiho:
- the rAy’s end 
- Karakurenai 
- I falleN TwO 
- Aka 

June 5 - Two Concerts
2-3 pm, 6318 SE Lincoln St. Portland

  • Rain date: June 6, 12-1 pm

Performers: Rose City Brass Quintet: Joe Klause and Logan Brown, trumpets; Dan Partridge, horn; Lars Campbell, trombone; JáTtik Clark, tuba

Jennifer Higdon:  Fanfare Quintet
Axel Jorgensen:  Brass Quintet
Joyce Solomon Moorman: Jazz Quintet
Leonard Bernstein, arr Jack Gale: West Side Story Suite
Joey Sellers: Portland Mvt 3 SE

7-8 pm, 2966 NW Telshire Terrace, Beaverton

  • Rain date: June 6, 7-8 pm

Performers: Emily Cole, Ruby Chen, Shin-young Kwon, violin; Charles Noble, viola; Ken Finch, cello; Karen Wagner, oboe and James Shields, clarinet

Mozart: Oboe Quartet in F Major, K. 370
Bartok: Duos for Two Violins
Dohnanyi: Serenade in C Major for String Trio, Op. 10
Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581

June 6
2-3 pm, 4037 SW Iowa St., Portland

  • Rain date: June 6, 3-4 pm

Performers: Greg Ewer, Emily Cole, violin; Charles Noble, viola; Antoinette Gan, Marilyn de Oliveira, cello; Martha Long, flute

Fanny Mendelssohn: String Quartet in E-flat Major   
Heitor Villa-Lobos: Assobio a Játo
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Flute Quartet in G Major

June 7
5-6 pm, 9516 SE Winsor Dr., Milwaukie

  • Rain date: June 12, 5-6 pm

Performers: Sarah Kwak, Greg Ewer, violin; Charles Noble, Vali Phillips, viola; Nancy Ives, cello

Mozart: Duo in G major, K.423
Witold Lutoslawski: Bucolics for viola and cello
Mozart: String Quintet No.1 in B-flat Major, K.174

June 9
12 – 1 pm, 3779 SW 96th Ave., Portland

  • Rain date: June 9, 5-6 pm

Performers: Jeffrey Work and David Bamonte, trumpets; Joe Berger, horn; Robert Taylor, trombone; JáTtik Clark, tuba; Sergio Carreno, percussion

A varied program of upbeat brass favorites, ranging from the Renaissance to the Jazz Age, will be announced by the musicians.

June 10
5-6 pm, 3512 NE Tillamook St., Portland

  • Rain date: June 11, 7-8 pm

Performers: Erin Furbee, Peter Frajola, violin; Robert Taylor, trombone

Tango Music

June 11
5-6 pm, 7070 SW Ash Creek Ct., Tigard

  • Rain date: June 13, 2-3 pm

Performers: Sarah Kwak, violin; Vali Phillips, viola; Cary Lewis, piano (keyboard)

Ignaz lachner: Piano Trio No.1 in B flat Major, Op 37
Ludwig Thuille: Piano Trio in E flat Major 

June 12
2-3 pm, 4810 SE Raymond St., Portland

  • Rain date: June 13, 3-4 pm

Performers: Emily Cole, Greg Ewer, violins; Charles Noble, viola; Kevin Kunkel, cello; Jeff Johnson; Carin Miller Packwood, bassoon

Heitor Villa-Lobos: Ciranda Das Sete Notas
Wynton Marsalis: Meeelaan 
Haydn: String Quartet Number 46, opus 20, number 4
Jean Francaix: Divertissement 

June 14
12 – 1 pm, 810 SE Oak Grove Blvd., Milwaukie, OR

  • Rain date: June 14, 5-6 pm

​Performers: Emily Cole, violin; Charles Noble, viola; Kevin Kunkel, cello; Kerry Kavalo, viola; Jeff Johnson, bass; James Shields, clarinet; Joe Berger, Alicia Waite, horns, and Carin Miller Packwood, bassoon.

Carl Nielsen:  "Serenata in Vano"    
Alec Wilder:  Duets for Horn and Cello    
Louis Spohr:  Octet in E Major, Op. 32 

Today's Birthdays

James Hewitt (1770-1827)
Evgeny Mravinsky (1903-1988)
Alan Shulman (1915-2002)
Robert Merrill (1917-2004)
Irwin Bazelon (1922-1995)
Oliver Nelson (1932-1975)
Anthony Braxton (1945)
Cecilia Bartoli (1966)


Josef Sittard (1846-1903)
Karl Valentin (1882-1948)
Robert Anderson (1917-2009)
Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997)
Larry McMurtry (1936)

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Today's Birthdays

František Jan Škroup (1801-1862)
Charles Lecocq (1832-1918)
Jan Peerce (1904-1984)
Valerie Masterson (1937)
Curtis Mayfield (1942-1999)
Greg Sandow (1943)
Lynne Dawson (1956)


Josephine Baker (1906-1975)
Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997)
Ruth Westheimer (1928)

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Today's Birthdays

James Cutler Dunn Parker (1828-1916)
Felix Weingartner (1863-1942)
Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
Jozef Cleber (1916-1999)
Marvin Hamlisch (1944-2012)
Mark Elder (1947)
Neil Shicoff (1949)
Michel Dalberto (1955)


Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

and from The New Music Box:

On June 2, 1938, Amy Beach began work on her Piano Trio while in residence at the MacDowell Colony. She finished the composition fifteen days later (June 18th) and published it as her Op. 150. It was to be her last major work.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Today's Birthdays

Georg Muffat (1653-1704)
Ferdinando Paër (1771-1839)
Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857)
Werner Janssen (1899-1990)
Percy Whitlock (1903-1946)
Nelson Riddle (1921-1985)
Yehudi Wyner (1929)
Edo de Waart (1941)
Richard Goode (1943)
Frederica von Stade (1945)
Arlene Sierra (1970)


John Masefield (1878-1967)
Charles Kay Ogden (1889–1957)
Naguib Surur (1932-1978)
Colleen McCullough (1937-2015)
Sheri Holman (1966)
Amy Schumer (1981)