Wednesday, April 24

Cántico Singers presents an eclectic mix of music from long, long ago as well as the present day. You’ll hear celestial selections by Ēriks Ešenvalds, Eric Whitacre, and John Williams. You’ll experience conflict in pieces by Mozart, Moses Hogan, and Stevie Wonder. And, of course, you’ll revel in a Star Wars medley by Peter Hollens.  More Info!

Cántico Singers is a small ensemble of vocalists based in Portland, Oregon, dedicated to high-caliber performances of choral music in a wide range of styles. Founded in 2008, Cántico integrates musicians from diverse backgrounds including jazz, folk rock, marching band and musical theater. We showcase these disparate musical credentials in small group numbers and solo pieces in our concerts. Our eclectic mix of repertoire includes Bach, Billy Joel, Rachmaninoff, Pentatonix, Eric Whitacre, Duke Ellington, and The Beach Boys.

In addition to our concerts, Cántico performs at festivals, churches, and community events throughout the Portland area. In 2018, after being selected by audition, Cantico Singers performed at the Northwest Division Conference of the American Choral Directors Association. We regularly give performance opportunities to high school and youth choirs, collaborate with other local musicians, and have even recorded backup vocals for a rap album. Rather than limiting ourselves by genre, we seek to share our passion for singing and make choral music fresh, compelling, and accessible to everyone. 


Wednesday, May 1

Clarinetist Jules Elias will be joined at his 85th Birthday concert by Ray McKean, pianist, Barbara Choltco, soprano, Cooper Stites, keyboard,and Saxon Stites, guitar and vocal, in a program featuring music by Kovacs, Schumann, Schubert, Stites, Feidman and Morricone. Renee Elias will provide commentary. 


Wednesday, May 8

Featuring works by Bloch, Vaughan Williams, Schubert, and student composer in residence, Jacob Nenow.


Wednesday, May 15

Adding brass with class! The ensemble includes founder Andy Taylor brass trombone, Jason Elliott alto + tenor trombone, Kelley Elliott french horn, John Dover trumpet, & Joe Klause trumpet.

They will perform Arrival of The Queen of Sheeba – Handel, Bach Chorale, Brassability – Niehaus, Cole Porter Medley, Brass Quintet No. 1 – Ewald, Suite from the Monteragian Hills – Calvert, Greensleeves – traditional & more!

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Wednesday, May 22

Program TBD


Wednesday, May 29

Performing works by Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, and Debussy. She will also celebrate the musical and linguistic skills of George & Ira Gershwin, as well as the variety and originality of Scott Joplin. The program will also include interesting commentary.


Wednesday, June 5

Presenting “Barber & Bernstein” This concert includes Hermit Songs, & Three Songs (Op. 45) by Samuel Barber, plus I Hate Music & musical theater selections (from Peter Pan, On the Town, Wonderful Town, and more) by Leonard Bernstein.


Wednesday, June 12

Please join the Cascadia Chamber Ensemble, Elizabeth Doty violin, Alistair Kok viola, Tom Graves cello, and Hannah Brewer piano, for a program of cello sonatas by Chopin and Beethoven and an arrangement by Mozart of a Bach Prelude & Fugue for string trio.

Elizabeth Doty
, a Portland native, received her Bachelor of Music Performance degree summa cum laude from the University of Oregon, and went on to complete her Master’s of Music Performance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, where she held a string quartet fellowship. A core member of the Columbia and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras, Elizabeth also teaches violin lessons at the Rose City Music Academy.

Alistair Kok, viola, was born in Blacksburg, Virginia and is a graduate of Virginia Tech, the Ohio State University College of Dentistry, and the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He moved to Portland in 2015 and currently serves as violinist and librarian for the Newport Symphony, subs regularly as a violinist with the Yakima Symphony and Oregon East Symphony, and violist with the Vancouver Symphony and Salem Orchestra. Alistair also performs regularly in various venues around Portland and Newport with his piano trio, Trio Musicorum Medicorum (a trio of doctors with pianist Andrew Bonner and cellist Rebecca Reese). When he is not playing violin or viola, Alistair can be found on the ice training as a figure skater, taking care of his angelfish, and spending time with his dog, Willy.

Tom Graves, cellist, is a practicing attorney. He graduated with a double degree from Oberlin College & Conservatory. Tom has performed as a soloist with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, and also as a member of the Aspen Concert Orchestra, the Oberlin Orchestra, and more recently with the Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra. With a renewed focus on chamber music, Tom has been performing with Cascadia since its inception in 2012.

Hannah Brewer is a Portland-based pianist, organist, and harpsichordist. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory, a Master of Music degree from Pittsburg State University, and additional degrees in art history. She is currently Director of Music & Organist at St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church in Portland. In addition, Hannah accompanies a variety of choral ensembles in the Portland area, teaches organ lessons privately and as an adjunct instructor at the University of Portland, plays harpsichord with the Wildwood Consort, and sings with the liturgical choir, Cantores in Ecclesia


Wednesday, June 19

This trio of talented musicians play duets/trios by Bach, Quantz, and others.


Wednesday, June 26

Nouveau Quatuor, a Baroque ensemble based in Portland, will perform a program of four trio sonatas at baroque pitch (A-415).

The ensemble features Jas. Adams on Baroque flute, Austin DeSimone on violin,  Marny Elicker on violoncello, and David Studhalter on harpsichord.  The program will consist of four trio sonatas by four Baroque masters, each quite distinctive and displaying the creative genius of the composer.   

Corelli, Trio Sonata in G major (Op 2, No 4)

Johann Sebastian Bach, Trio Sonata in G major  (BWV 1038)

Carl Phillip Emanuel Bach, Trio Sonata in G major (WQ 153)

Georg Philip Telemann, Trio Sonata in E minor (TWV 42:e2)

Austin DeSimone played violin professionally in the Orquesta Synphonica Municipal del Caracas (Venezuela) and the Alabama Symphony before taking up a career in the world of IT.  Since re-emerging from musical retirement, he has had one of his violins retrofitted as a baroque violin and now studies baroque violin with Portland Baroque Orchestra’s violinist Adam LaMotte.

Marny Elicker began studying the cello as an adult and has performed with various community orchestras. Along with Nouveau Quatuor, she is a member of Willamette Falls Symphony and Bridgetown Baroque.  Her current passion is the baroque cello. She studies with Adaiha Macadam-Somers, cellist/viola da gamba player in the Portland Baroque Orchestra.

David Studhalter, a longtime amateur keyboard player with a penchant for Bach and earlier music, began playing baroque chamber music as a continuo harpsichordist in 2016 with Nouveau Quatuor and currently is also one of two continuo players in the Bridgetown Baroque ensemble.  He is a member of several amateur piano workshop groups and the organizer of Portland Piano Players Meetup.  Seemeetup.com/portland-piano-players

Jas. Adams, a founding board member of the Early Music Guild of Oregon and the Portland Baroque Orchestra, has played recorder & baroque flute or sung in early music ensembles such as the Young Audience Renaissance Quartet, Reed College Collegium Musicum, the PBO Chorus, Big Mouth Society Baroque Orchestra, and Bridgetown Baroque.  He notes:  “All of us in Nouveau Quatuor truly love the sonorities of baroque music played on period instruments.”


Wednesday, July 10

Members, Gail Gillespie flute, Brad Hochhalter oboe, David Bergmann clarinet, Lluis Soldevila french horn, & Margaret McShea bassoon, perform music by Barthe, Taffanel, Arnold, and others.


Wednesday, July 17

Solo Piano Recital featuring works of Haydn, Brahms and Griffes.

Anne Denis is a pianist and teacher based in Portland, Oregon. Originally from Buffalo NY, Anne completed degrees in Piano Performance at the State University of New York College, Fredonia and The Ohio State University and was a graduate teaching assistant in the University of Memphis’s doctoral program. 
Anne was a two-time prize winner in the Memphis Beethoven Club Young Artist Competition, was 1st place in the Erie Music Teachers competition and recently participated in the Brahms International Piano Competition in Pörtschach Austria.With more that ten years of teaching experience Anne operates her own piano studio in Beaverton OR where she has had student winners in local and international competitions.


Wednesday, July 31

The Orchid Trio, violinist Siying Ge, violist Deborah Shuster, and cellist Quinn Liu, perform Schubert string trio D.471, Beethoven string trio No.1 in E flat, Op.3, & Serenade in C major op. 10 by Dohnanyi.

The Orchid Trio has been performing in various venues in Portland and presents exciting performances of both classic and contemporary repertoire in concert settings. 

Siying Ge got her Master degree from Manhattan School of Music. As an orchestra musician,Siying served as a Principal violinist with New York International Orchestra and performed at Carnegie Hall in 2015. She also recorded a full range of music for Final Fantasy 15. Siying served as a Concertmaster, Principal violinist and Violinist with New York International Orchestra, MSM Symphony Orchestra, Senior Opera Orchestra, Tongji Symphony Orchestra,SoundtRec Boston Orchestra, Video Game Live Orchestra,Tenyc Music Orchestra. She was also Invited by several music festivals as a head violinist for Art String Quartet in Asia.

Deborah Shuster studied at the Peabody Conservatory as an undergraduate and received her M.Mus. degree from The University of Colorado. She was a founding member of the Vento e Cordi Quartet in New York, and has played with the New York Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony, the Spokane Symphony, the Windsor Symphony, Teatro Lirico e Sperimentale in Spoleto, Italy and the Michigan Opera Theater. She currently plays viola and cello in chamber ensembles in Portland and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Born in Xinjiang, China, Quinn Kun Liu began her cello studies at age of eight and won her first cello competition at ten. Quinn received her Bachelor’s Degree in Cello Performance at The Shanghai Conservatory of Music in China and Master’s Degree from University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) where she received a full scholarship. As an orchestra musician, Quinn has served as the principal cello and cellist in a variety of orchestras such as the Oregon Sinfonietta, Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Portland Cello Project, San Diego Symphony Orchestra, Inland Valley Symphony. Previously, she also played in Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra and Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra in China. Quinn is an active chamber musician and she has been invited and performed in several music festivals in the States and Asia.