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CASCADIA CHAMBER ENSEMBLE

Wednesday, June 12

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

MSG-PLAN B TRIO

Wednesday, June 19

This trio of talented musicians play duets/trios by Bach, Quantz, and others. MSG—Plan B Trio A trio of “well-seasoned” professionals, the MSG—Plan B Trio, knows well the value of being flexible. Michael Barnes is well known throughout the region as an in-demand organist, piano accompanist and vocal coach. Stan Stanford , retired after teaching clarinet and heading the Music Department at Portland State University, plays and teaches clarinet and music history, as his whim leads. He also travels the country as an expert in historic phonographs. Flutist Gail Gillespie, retired after 26 years as principal flute with the U.S. Marine Band, “The President’s Own”, in Washington, DC, and moved to Portland in 2009.
She plays flute and piccolo in various orchestras in the area, and teaches privately, enjoying a life sometimes known as “pseudo- retirement”.

NOUVEAU QUATUOR

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.   


Jean Baptiste Loeillet, Trio Sonata in F major, Op II/2                    

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.”

MICHAEL BARNES, ORGAN

Wednesday, July 3

Michael Barnes, organist of Westminster Presbyterian Church plays a concert of Patriotic Music and Marches in honor of Independence Day.

THE MADERO WINDS WOODWIND QUINTET

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.

ANNE DENIS, PIANO

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.

CYNTHIA TRIF & CAROLYN QUICK, SOPRANOS

Wednesday, July 24

Featuring works by composers , Maurice Ravel, Reynaldo Hahn, Gioachino Rossini, Geminiano Giacomelli, Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre, Undine Smith Moore, Katerina Gimon, and Carolyn Quick and Antonio Vivaldi.  With guest collaborators Signe Lusk (piano) and Savannah Gentry (flute)

Carolyn Quick is a “versatile young soprano” (Eugene Opera) with a “pure timbre” (Opera News) and “haunting” voice (Eugene Opera). She has sung a vast repertoire of musical styles including opera, early music, renaissance, choral, and contemporary music – including thirteen world premieres in both North America and Europe. In 2015, she performed the role of Miles – from Benjamin Britten’s Turn of the Screw – with the Eugene Opera; in 2016, she sang as a Vocal Fellow for the Oregon Bach Festival under the tutelage of Roomful of Teeth’s Estelí Gomez; in 2017, Carolyn had the privilege of participating as both a singer and composer the Uzmah-Upeat Summer Music School in Milna, Croatia; and in the last year has performed as the Soprano soloist in both G.F. Händel’s Messiah and Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia and the South Puget Sound Community College Chorus. Carolyn is a member of the Portland Symphonic Choir and the Portland Phoenix Chamber Choir.  
 

Cynthia Trif is a very diverse lyric soprano with a pure voice who has been performing as a soloist for many years. Her passion for singing is evident in her varied repertoire including opera, early music, choral and jazz. She has performed principle roles in Sweeney Todd, Candide, Pirates of Penzance, Iolanthe, and Yeoman of the Guard.   She is a member of the internationally award winning Portland Phoenix Chamber Choir. 

 

Website link:  http://www.carolynquick.com/

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THE ORCHID TRIO

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.

NAOMI LAVIOLETTE, PIANO/VOCALS & PETER FRAJOLA, VIOLIN & MORE!

Wednesday, August 7

Naomi LaViolette on piano, guitar and vocals
with Peter Frajola on violin, guitar and ukulele
 
Portland, Oregon-based songwriter, pianist, and vocalist Naomi LaViolette has found her niche amongst retro-style grooves, cool jazz, and classical arrangements. Naomi’s smooth vocals are remniscent of Norah Jones’ sultry blues and the ambience of Sarah McLachlan, and her wide-ranging keyboard sounds evoke both the funky rhythms of Billy Preston and classic folk-rock of Carole King. Naomi has released four records, most recently Live at The Old Church with Members of the Oregon Symphony, released February 2019. Her roots are deep in classical music—she has a master’s degree in classical piano performance—but she has also immersed herself in jazz standards, folk songs, soul, pop, and gospel. Her original music has received great reviews and critical acclaim from media and she has performed at esteemed venues and festivals including the Portland Jazz Festival, The Doug Fir Lounge, and The Bite of Oregon. She has been the pianist for the Oregon Repertory Singers since 2004.
 

Peter Frajola, Associate Concertmaster of the Oregon Symphony, joined the symphony in 1984. He attended the University of Oregon for two years on the Ruth Close Scholarship, and was a Murdock Scholar at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he received his B.M. Peter went on to become the assistant concertmaster of the Louisville Orchestra and the co-concertmaster of the Knoxville Symphony before returning to Oregon in 1984. He also has played in the Eugene, Marin and San Francisco Opera orchestras. Peter has been the concertmaster of the Ernest Bloch Music Festival since 1994.  As a soloist, Peter has performed with the Knoxville Symphony, San Francisco Conservatory Chamber Orchestra, Central Oregon Symphony, the Ernest Bloch Music Festival, the Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra, and numerous appearances with the Oregon Symphony.

TRIO MUSICORUM MEDICORUM- (TM2)

Wednesday, August 21

Andrew Bonner pianist, Rebecca Reese cello, & Alistair Leon Kok violin, perform Beethoven – Piano Trio in Bb Major, Op. 97 (Archduke Trio), & Bedřich Smetana – “Die Moldau” for Piano Trio.

Andrew Bonner – piano, has degrees in music from Harvard and Brandeis University. He concurrently studied piano with Katja Andy and Russell Sherman at the New England Conservatory of Music, and was a freelance musician in Boston for 20 years. He is currently a naturopath, but continues to perform and compose music as much as his schedule allows.

Alistair Kok – violin, holds degrees from Virginia Tech, Ohio State University College of Dentistry, and the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In June 2015, he joined the Newport Symphony as a first violinist and Salem Orchestra as a violist and subs as violinist and violist with the local Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Yakima Symphony, and Oregon East symphony in Pendleton.

Rebecca Reese – cello, studied cello at Carnegie Mellon University (B.F.A.) and the University of Denver (M.A.). She performed in many orchestras and chamber groups as well as playing studio-recorded background music for TV and movies such as: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Ghost Busters, Color Purple, The Natural and Star Trek III to name a few. She is currently a physician (M.D.) with a practice in cranial osteopathy and homeopathy

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