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OUR GIFT TO THE COMMUNITY FOR OVER 50 YEARS. FREE CONCERTS | WEDNESDAYS AT NOON

Lunchtime Concert Series 2021-2022 season will be LIVESTREAMED ONLY!

You can also watch the shows on Cable TV Sundays • 9:00pm, Tuesdays • 7:00pm & Saturdays • 3:00pm on Comcast Channel 331 or 11.

Thank you to the Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission, Reser Family Foundation, Regional Arts & Culture Council, and MetroEast for helping us bring live music back to our community through broadcasting and live-streaming.  

Click here TO WATCH PAST LUNCHTIME CONCERT LIVESTREAMS!

Lunchtime Livestream Concert | Grant Edwards, organist

Date: January 19, 2022
Time: 12:00 pm
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The PROGRAM will feature favorites from Mr. Edward’s past noon concerts, including works by John Stanley, J. S. Bach, Vaughan-Williams, and the complete CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS by Saint-Saëns, transcribed for piano and organ by the artist. Pianist Marek Harris joins in this spectacular duet with narration by Judith Ford.

Grant Edwards (MM) is a choral conductor, composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist in Portland, Oregon. He holds performance degrees from Lewis and Clark College and Portland State University. He is Music Director-Organist of First Congregational UCC on the Park Blocks, where he has served since the 100th anniversary celebration of the historic edifice in 1995. Grant also serves as Tonal Director of Bond Organ Builders, and worked substantially in the restoration of the historic instrument heard today. He also has a passion for poetry, the natural sciences, and most of all, singing. He has been a member of several highly respected vocal ensembles, including Portland State Chamber Choir, Cantores in Ecclesia, and Portland Gay Men’s Chorus, for whom he has also been a commissioned composer. He recently toured eastern Germany as a soloist in the Bach Cantata Choir, singing in all the major churches of J. S. Bach’s career. He enjoys viewing The Old Church every day from his apartment across the street, where he lives with his husband Jim and their two adorable tabbies.

Lunchtime Livestream Concert | Michael Barnes, organist

Date: January 26, 2022
Time: 12:00 pm
Michael on Organ

Michael Barnes, Senior Organist of Westminster Presbyterian Church & Temple Beth Israel, will play a concert on the historic 1883 Hook & Hasting Tracker Organ.

Lunchtime Livestream Concert | Anastasia Kitaev, piano

Date: February 2, 2022
Time: 12:00 pm
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Russian born pianist Anastasia Kitaev will perform works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Ravel.

Anastasia began her formal music education at the age of 5 at Podolsk School of Music where her father was the Principal and her
mother a piano teacher. After ten years of intense schooling, Anastasia was accepted to Moscow Regional College of Arts. She graduated from the College with honors majoring in Piano Performance. Following graduation, Anastasia enrolled at Moscow’s prestigious Gnessin Russian Academy of Music to continue her studies with professor Margarita Volkova.

In 2007 Anastasia moved to Portland, Oregon with her husband, a famous jazz musician, Andrei Kitaev. They both live in Lake Oswego where she owns a well-established piano studio. Anastasia is very passionate about teaching the piano to students. She is a member of OMTA, a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, and holds the position of MTNA Certification Chair in Oregon.

Lunchtime Livestream Concert | Jocelyn Claire Thomas soprano, Zachary Lenox baritone, & David Saffert piano

Date: February 9, 2022
Time: 12:00 pm

 

Jocelyn Claire Thomas, soprano, Zachary Lenox, baritone, and David Saffert, pianist perform a selection of Valentine-themed musical theater favorites.
 
Praised for her “staggeringly brilliant…etherial soprano” (The Source) Jocelyn Claire Thomas has engaged audiences with her haunting sound, musical intelligence, and unusual versatility. Her history includes performances with Tacoma Opera, Eugene Opera, Inland Northwest Opera, Opera Bend, Brava Opera Theatre, Opera Theater Oregon, Portland Concert Opera, to name a few.
 
Viewed as “a broad, resonant baritone that is exquisitely controlled throughout his entire range,” Zachary Lenox has performed leading roles across North America. Mr. Lenox has appeared with Portland Opera, Eugene Opera, Tacoma Opera, Opera Parallèle, Opera Bend, Pacific Music Works, Cascadia Chamber Opera, Portland Summerfest, just to name a few.
 
David Saffert has played piano locally for the Oregon Symphony, Portland Opera, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Resonance Ensemble, Anonymous Theatre, and has been featured on All Classical Portland radio’s “Thursdays at Three.” He recently appeared at TOC with Jillian Snow Harris as the duo Liberace & Liza.
 
 

Lunchtime Livestream Concert | Adam Eccleston

Date: February 16, 2022
Time: 12:00 pm
Adam Eccleston

A devoted humanitarian and firm supporter of arts education, Adam Eccleston has worked extensively with many social change organizations such as, BRAVO Youth Orchestras, where he is the Program Director. He is a faculty member with the Global Leaders Program that empowers arts changemakers to grow organizations that impact communities. Adam serves on the board of the Greater Portland Flute Society and is currently on the committee of the Umoja Flute Institute, which celebrate flutists of African descent and their contributions to music. www.ufinstitute.com

As a performer, Adam has appeared with orchestras such as the Oregon Symphony. Mr. Eccleston was the 2020 Artist in Residence for All Classical Portland Radio Station and sits as Chair of the Recording Inclusivity Initiative focusing on music of underrepresented composers. As a firm supporter of new music, he has premiered works by Robert Beaser, Anthony Green and made the Pacific Northwest premiere of works by Valerie Coleman and Julio Racine.

LUNCHTIME LIVESTREAM CONCERT | RUBY CHEN & TREVOR FITZPATRICK

Date: February 23, 2022
Time: 12:00 pm

 

Ruby Chen-Violin & Trevor Fitzpatrick-Cello perform works by Bach, Beethoven and Gliere.

Canadian-Taiwanese violinist Ruby Chen graduated from the Eastman School of Music, where she received her B.M., earned the prestigious Performer’s Certificate, and as a freshman, won the school wide concerto competition performing with the Eastman Philharmonia. Ruby later attended Yale University, where she earned both an M.M. and an Artist Diploma. Ruby joined the Oregon Symphony in 2011 and has also performed with some of North America’s finest symphony orchestras, including Los Angeles, Toronto, Pittsburgh, and San Diego.  

Canadian/American cellist Trevor Fitzpatrick joined the Oregon Symphony in 2005 and has since imbedded himself into the musical community around him. He is an avid chamber musician, collaborating with groups such as: 45th parallel, Fear no Music, Third Angle New Music, Chatter New Mexico, and his own RTK Piano trio.   A Graduate of the Glenn Gould School in Toronto, the Cleveland Institute of music, and the New World Symphony in Miami, Trevor has performed in major concert halls in the US and throughout the world. Mr. Fitzpatrick now has fun teaching his own batch of future cellists with a private studio in Portland. He is the proud father of 2 little cellists (ages 1 & 5) and lucky husband to cellist Marilyn de Oliveira.

Lunchtime Livestream Concert | David Rothman, concert pianist

Date: March 2, 2022
Time: 12:00 pm
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Concert pianist David Rothman performs Mozart Concerto in F, with Michael Barnes, organ as orchestra.

David Rothman was born in Toronto, Canada in 1962.  When he was ten years old he was awarded a piano scholarship, in open competition, to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School, Surrey, England.  Members of the jury included Yehudi Menuhin and Nadia Boulanger.  Among his teachers at the Menuhin School were Louis Kentner and Vlado Perlemuter.  At age seventeen he won a piano scholarship to study at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he was a student of Mieczyslaw Horszowski and Seymour Lipkin.  David Rothman presently lives in Portland, Oregon. 

 Michael Barnes is the award-winning accompanist of the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus (which performed four concerts their 10-day tour to China), Pacific Youth Choir, Phoenix Choir and also volunteers for the Old Church Society, for whom he has scheduled these Wednesday Noon Lunchtime Recitals for the past 30 years.

LUNCHTIME LIVESTREAM CONCERT | PHILIP MANDEL

Date: March 30, 2022
Time: 12:00 pm
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Performing works by Bach, MacDowell, Melo, Ravel, Schubert, Chopin, Debussy, Satie, Bilotti, & Shostakovich.

Starting at the ripe age of five, pianist Philip Mandel received musical training in the New York area during his grade school and high school years with the late Polish immigrant and concert pianist Adam Kapuscinski. While his formal training is classical, he played for many years in different bands – top 40 bands, show bands, wedding bands, even a duo. Since moving to Portland, Oregon in 1985, he has played solo recitals, weddings, holiday parties and other functions. Website: mandelpiano.com

 

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