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Oregon Mozart Players (OMP) will premiere “ALL-OUT AMADEUS!” on May 1, 2021 at 7:30 PM. OMP concertmaster Alice Blankenship, violinist Jenny Estrin, principal violist Arnaud Ghillebaert, and cellist Noah Seitz are joined by OMP Artistic Director & Conductor Kelly Kuo on piano for a lovely evening of some of Mozart’s finest chamber music for strings and piano. Works on the program will be Violin Sonata in C Major, K. 303, Piano Trio in E Major, K. 542, and Piano Quartet in G Minor, K. 478.
This program, recorded in High Definition Audio & 1080p Video, offers a tour of chamber music composed by the group’s namesake. “One would be hard-pressed to find more of Mozart’s musical mastery than in his chamber music. From his inventive violin sonatas and piano trios to his ground-breaking piano quartets, these works also served to incorporate Mozart’s own pianistic virtuosity in his music. Playing these pieces with my OMP colleagues is a complete joy!” said Kelly Kuo, Artistic Director & Conductor.
The 2020/2021 virtual concert season continues with “REVERDIE: The Return of Spring,” Saturday April 17th at 7PM at Nordic Northwest. The word reverdie has a long history dating back as far as the 14th century: Derived from a verb, reverdir, meaning “to become green again,” a reverdie is a song, poem or dance performed in celebration of the return of the spring.
Award-winning violinist Hanami Froom performs the Recitativo and Scherzo by Fritz Kreisler and Bach’s complex Sonata No. 3 in C major. Celebrated pianist Maria Garcia returns to Nordic Northwest to perform Chopin’s lively The Harp Etude and a Mazurka and Wedding at Troldlhaugen by Edvard Grieg, a celebration of a another type of new beginning. The powerhouse duo join musical forces to present the virtuosic Chaconne by Tomaso Vitali, Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47, and Adagio (second movement) of the Suite in A minor by Norwegian composer Christian Sinding, which has been performed by virtuosos Itzhak Perlman and Jascha Heifetz.
ChaconneTomaso Vitali Sonata No. 3 in C major (Allegro Assai) Johann Sebastian Bach Mazurka Op. 17 no. 2 & Etude Op. 25 no. 1 (“Harp”)Chopin Recitativo and ScherzoFritz Kreisler Adagio (2nd mvmt) of the Suite in A minorChristian Sinding Wedding at TroldlhaugenEdvard Grieg Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 (1st mvmt)Jean Sibelius
These compositions are about love, justice, and experiences of being a Black American. The evening begins with Songs for the African Violet, about the resilience that is demanded of Black women finding joy. We go to Two Black Churches, where we grieve with communities generations apart—both facing the aftermath of murder and hate crimes perpetrated by white supremacists.
In “Your Daddy’s Son” we witness a desperate mother’s grief and song to her child, and in Night Trip we stop at a gas station with a Black family on a road trip in Jim Crow America. With The Talk we share a coming-of-age conversation that is a matter of life and death, then we celebrate the choice to love—expressed through the words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Songs of Love and Justice.
Songs for the African Violet words and music by Jasmine Barnes
Two Black Churches Composed by Shawn Okpebholo “Ballad of Birmingham” text by Dudley Randall “The Rain” text by Marcus Amaker
“Your Daddy’s Son” from Ragtime music by Stephen Flaherty lyrics by Lynn Ahrens book by Terrence McNally
Night Trip composed by Carlos Simon libretto by Sandra Seaton
The Talk: Instructions for Black Children When They Interact With the Police words and music by Damien Geter
Songs of Love and Justice by Dr. Adolphus Hailstork text by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
ABOUT OUR PRODUCTION
Sung in English with English captions. Approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes, no intermission.
Featuring Portland Opera’s Resident Artists—Lynnesha Crump, Jasmine Johnson, David Morgans Sanchez, Michael Parham, and Edwin Jhamal Davis; with limited instrumentation featuring members of the Portland Opera Orchestra, and members of the Portland Opera Chorus.
Digital access will be available for 45 days, starting on April 16, 2021 on our digital channel, Portland Opera Onscreen.
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Join company members and guests from the production for a post-show Q&A on Zoom following the performance on April 16.
At this virtual performance, PYP will premiere James Stephenson’s full Suite of Suites alongside 9 other new compositions from Eduardo Alonso-Crespo, Tatev Amiryan, Jonathan Bingham, Sakari Dixon Vanderveer, Erberk Eryılmaz, Gabriel A. Meneses, Gordon Rencher, Bruce Stark, and Rain Worthington.
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