Performing Romantic Christmas Suite: 6 Chopin Nocturnes fused with traditional carols each arranged by Dianne Davies, Chopin Etude Op.25 No. 7 with Coventry Carol for Piano and Cello duet arr. Dianne Davies, Nocturne by Adam Eason for Piano and Cello duet, and Reflection Set composed by Dianne Davies.
Cellist, Adam Eason and Pianist, Dianne Davies met at an OMTA (Oregon Music
Teachers Association) Baroque/Contemporary Festival in February 2018. Both love to
perform, teach and compose. Later in June 2018, the two decided to collaborate on a Benefit Recital for MusicLink, a program for helping disadvantaged students get access to music lessons. After a successful fundraiser, the team decided to stay together and concertize. With a wide repertoire complete with individual compositions and arrangements, the two are set to perform at any available opportunity.
Cellist, Adam Eason graduated from Southern Methodist University with a BA in Music in 2008. He performed and composed for Open Classical, a group which brings classical music to a variety of non-traditional venues in Dallas-Ft. Worth. He moved Portland in 2017,and opened a new teaching studio, as well as performing with Classical Revolution PDX. Most recently, Adam was featured as a composer and performer at the 2018 Oregon Bach Festival Composer’s Symposium.
Pianist, Dianne Davies received a BA in music from Lewis and Clark College with piano emphasis and K-12 music education certification. Since then, Dianne has taught public and private school music and currently focuses on her family, private piano studio and performing. As a member of Cascadia Composers, Dianne sought to perform the music of others. After much encouragement, she has started composing piano music for students. Last year she had her first piano compositions played at PSU in the “In Good Hands” concert that connects living composers with young music students.
The TRINITY CATHEDRAL CHOIR OF GIRLS, BOYS AND ADULTS perform John Rutter’s Dancing Day, along with Trinity’s favorite harpist Kate Petak,
The choir is a frequent collaborator with the Portland Baroque Orchestra, and has performed such noted works as Bach’s B Minor Mass, and Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem. Next spring, the choir will once again join the PBO for their production of Handel’s Coronation Anthems. In the summer of the 2020, the Cathedral Choir of Girls, Boys and Adults will be in residence for a week each at Canterbury Cathedral and York Minster, in England.
The Old Church Concert Hall wishes everyone a very happy holiday season.
Lunchtime Concert Series will resume, Wednesday, January 8, 2020.
Lunchtime Concert Series will resume Wednesday, January 8, 2020.
Adieu Forêts from Jeanne D’Arc Peter Iljitsch Tchaikowsky
La Canzone di Doretta from La Rondine Giacomo Puccini
Pleurez, pleurez mes yeux & Plus de tourments et plus de peine from Le Cid Jules Massenet
Intermezzo Op. 118 #2 Piano Solo (Cinda Redman) Johannes Brahms
Pace, pace mio Dio from La Forze del destino Giuseppe Verdi
Casta Diva from Norma Vincenzo Bellini
Summertime from Porgy and Bess George Gershwin
Hope in Darkness: Rachmaninoff and the Russian Revolution
A Selection of Early 20th Century Works for Solo Piano by Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
During the height of the Russian Revolution and in the midst of the First World War, Rachmaninoff wrote some of the most revered of his compositions for solo piano, including all 24 of his Preludes and both collections of Etudes-Tableaux. Given that these pieces were written in the shadow of widespread suffering, it is incredible to find in them serenity and passionate love. This can only but speak of the power of music to offer Hope in the midst of darkness.
Michael Ortiz, a native of Berkeley, CA and a graduate of the University of California at Davis, has spent time as classical pianist, teacher, multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and theatrical performer. He will perform selections from Rachmaninoff’s Etudes-Tableaux, op. 39., and Preludes, op. 23 and 32.
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