Concerts

Melodious Late Autumn After…

Melodious Late Autumn After…

Dear Friends of Piano & Song: Cascadia Composers presents a Melodious Late Autumn After of Musicosyncratic Quirks, Crotchets, Maggots & Mood Slides from the Inextricable ’New Perplexity’: a recital of art songs and piano works by Gary Lloyd Noland featuring world premieres of his settings for soprano and piano of poems by acclaimed novelist/poet/essayist Alexander Theroux and several virtuosic solo piano works.

Sunday, December 4th, 2022 at 3:30 p.m.

Lincoln Recital Hall (Room 075) at Portland State University

1620 SW Park Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97201 (use Broadway entrance)

The Alexander Theroux settings will be performed by soprano Hsin Yi Lin and pianist Asya Gulua. Three solo piano works, spanning almost fifty years, one of which (Golden Gate Rag) is a “live” world premiere, will be performed by pianist Myrna Setiawan, and another work (Tabloid) not heard in almost thirty years will be performed by Kaori Katayama Noland. The composer will be performing a new work (composed for Belgian pianist Lukas Huisman) for improvised piano & electronics titled James Webb Space Telescope Photo Montage. We look forward to seeing you there!

Please take note of the Parental Advisory the composer’s conscience compels him to include as a caveat, due to a single strong one-syllable word employed in one of the poems by Alexander Theroux. Rest assured, no other word in the English language (a word that composer/diarist Ned Rorem advises all writers to use sparingly for maximum effect) could have been used to express the sentiment conveyed in the poem at issue. Its employment is for naught but strictly artistic/expressive purposes. That said, please don’t fail to bear in mind H.L. Mencken’s famous definition of “puritanism,” namely: “the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy!” — Gary Lloyd Noland

Tickets are available now!

Prices are $20 for general admission, $10 for seniors and working artists, $5 for students.

The Concert

The Concert

Cascadia Composers is excited to bring you an event celebrating the multifarious creations of Kevin Bryant Lay and friends:

The Concert — a video release and live concert… and more!

Friday, November 4th, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.

The Hallowed Halls

4420 SE 64th Ave, Portland, OR 97206

Cascadia Composers presents an elegant evening of artsong, contemporary classical, and theater, with a sprinkling of jazz… featuring the video release of “The Concert — a song cycle of poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay” performed by soprano Gabrielle Widman and pianist Sequoia, showcasing the many sides of Millay, herself an avid concert-goer and woman-ahead-of-her-time.  Click here for an 80-second preview / teaser!

Gabrielle and Sequoia will be on hand in person, and following the video, will perform various works of their choice live — by Charles Ives, Geoff Smith, and more by Kevin. Kate Petak and Gabrielle will perform three songs with harp, and Kate will also perform a fascinating work arranged by Kevin for lever harp. And that’s not all…

If you’re not so much for surprises, or just want to find out more in advance, check out Kevin’s deep dive on his website.

Tickets are available now!

Prices are $20 for general admission, $30 for reserved seating, $10 for the livestream.

Last Tango in Portland!

Last Tango in Portland!

Cascadia Composers is honored to present a concert devoted to the music of two of its founders, including four world premieres:

Last Tango in Portland! — an 80th birthday year new music celebration

Saturday, October 1st, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

Lincoln Recital Hall (Room 075) at Portland State University

1620 SW Park Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97201

Come join in an 80th birthday year celebration featuring the music of composers David S. Bernstein and Greg A Steinke for voice, strings, piano, winds and percussion, featuring outstanding performers from the Portland area all the way to guest baritone Andrew White from Nebraska. Among those joining us to perform will be Casey Bozell and Danielle Bristow, violins; Dana Rokosny, viola; Diane Chaplin, violoncello; Colleen Adent and Sequoia, piano; Catherine Lee, oboe and English horn; Amelia Lukas, alto flute, flute and piccolo; Alexander Dyer and Ian Charlton, percussion. Among the several works that are premieres will be one featuring the paintings of local Portland artist, Robert Coronado.

Tickets are available now!

Prices are $20 for general admission, $10 for seniors and working artists, $5 for students, free for children under 12. Plus, streaming tickets are available (for $10), with the link emailed to ticket holders on the day of the concert.

Crossing Paths 2022

Crossing Paths 2022

Cascadia Composers is excited to announce the first concert of its 2022-23 season:

Crossing Paths 2022: A Summer Celebration of New Music in the Garden

Sunday, August 28th, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

Leach Botanical Garden

6704 SE 122nd Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97236-5037

The program will include works of Cascadia Composers: Adrienne Albert, William Ashworth, Daria Baiocchi, David S. Bernstein, John G. Bilotta, Antonio Celaya, Ted Clifford, Ken Davies, David Jones, Lisa Ann Marsh, Jan Mittelstaedt, Carolyn Quick, Christina Rusnak, Greg A Steinke, Tomas Svoboda, and Linda Woody.

Featured musicians include the Rose City Brass Quintet (Logan Thane Brown, Lars Campbell, JáTtik Clark, Joseph Klause, and Daniel Partridge), Dunja Jennings Marcum (clarinet), Daniel Partridge (horn), and Brett EE Paschal, Wanyue Ye, and Davi Martinelli de Lira (percussion).

Gate opens at 4pm when guests may explore the garden grounds and experience an electronic sound installation by Daniel Brugh, Mei-ling Lee, Timothy Arliss O’Brien, Jennifer Wright, and Nicholas Yandell. Guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and may pack in a picnic to enjoy on the garden grounds. Alcoholic beverages may not be brought onto the grounds, but beer and wine will be sold on-site.

The Rose City Brass Quintet set begins at 5 pm. The other performances will follow at different locations around the garden with the performances repeated so that concert guests may experience the music at each of the locations in any order they choose.

We hope you can share in this exciting concert of new music from Cascadia Composer members!

Tickets are $25 for general admission, $15 for seniors and working artists, $10 for students, free for children under 12. Tickets can be purchased at the link below or at the door and include admission to the garden.

In Good Hands 2022

In Good Hands 2022

Cascadia Composers Presents:

The annual In Good Hands Concert featuring students performing Cascadia Composers’ works!

 

Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 9, 2022 at 2:30 and 4:00 p.m. for one of Cascadia Composers favorite yearly traditions, the In Good Hands recital. Talented student performers from the Portland area will play new music written by Cascadia Composers members.

Live Performance at Portland State University – Lincoln Hall – Recital Room 75 – 1620 SW Park Ave. Portland, Oregon

And, don’t forget the Youtube video Premiere of six more performances on Saturday, July 16 at 4:00PM (PDT)!  Clicking on this link will take you there, or copy and paste into your browser:  https://youtu.be/l8vg9YDrk7A 

In Good Hands 2022 will feature piano, violin, and vocal works by Adrienne Albert, Dr. David Bernstein and Maria Chobin, Elizabeth Blachly-Dyson, Arthur Breur, Ted Clifford, Ally Czyzewicz, Dianne Davies, Lauretta DeForge, John DeRuntz, Timothy Arliss OBrien, Carolyn Quick, Christina Rusnak, Paul Safar, Dr. Walter Saul, Drew Swatosh, Linda Woody, Amy Fairchild, Jan Mittelstaedt, Liz Nedela, Dr. Lisa Neher, and Nicholas Yandell.  Check out the complete concert program by clicking here.

Collaborations 2022: Re/emergence

Collaborations 2022: Re/emergence

Cascadia Composers proudly presents

Collaborations 2022: Re/emergence

Strive… dream… wake… flourish! Our present moment in music, poetry, image & dance

Cascadia Composers Spring Concert showcases the variety and depth we are known for as we continue to artistically process the times we live in and reemerge, revitalized and reenergized!

 

 

Please join us on Saturday, May 14th, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. at Lincoln Hall, Room 75 on the Portland State University Campus, or watch the livestream (with ticket purchase).

Enjoy new works from Cascadia Composers Daniel Brugh, I’lana S. Cotton, Noam Faingold, Brian Field, Theresa Koon (collaborating with poet Bella), Lisa Neher, Gary Lloyd Noland, Timothy Arliss O’Brien, Paul Safar, Drew Swatosh (collaborating with poet Brian Dang), Jennifer Wright and Nicholas Yandell.

 

A multitude of talented musicians including Diane Chaplin, Anthony Dyer, Maria Garcia, Asya Gulua, Nicholas Meyer, Ben Milstein and Adrian Rosales as well as dancers Conrad “Icon” Kaczor and Big SnubB join in this kaleidoscope of colorful collaborations.

Themes of struggle, recharging and awakening connect these timely works which are enhanced through video, dance and actors. We hope you can share in this exciting concert of new music from Cascadia Composer members!

 

Lincoln Hall, Room 75, Portland State University, 1620 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97201

 

Tickets are $20 general admission/$10 seniors and working artists/$5 students/free for children under 12 and are available below and at the door.

 

 

Our audience vaxx policy

For entry to the concert, attendees 12 years and older must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination, or you may show your valid PSU student or employee ID. (PSU vaccination rates are well over 95%.) Valid proof of COVID-19 vaccination is either a hard copy or a picture of a vaccination card showing a vaccine series was completed at least two weeks prior to the concert.

(Please note, this is a PG-13 concert. Some song lyrics are not suitable for the youngest audiences.)

Masking is at your discretion. Please respect the masking choices of other attendees.

If you fall ill with COVID symptoms (use best judgment or advice), or test positive e.g. with a home antigen test during the 10 days prior to the concert, please stay home and enjoy the concert through our livestream.  All advance ticket buyers who leave email addresses on Brown Paper Tickets will be sent viewing instructions prior to the concert.  As of May 6th, you may now also purchase “livestream only” tickets.  Be sure to leave your email address so you can receive instructions!

Crossing Paths

Crossing Paths

Cascadia Composers is excited to announce the opening concert of its 2021-2022 season: Crossing PathsNew Music of Healing and Renewal. This unique concert experience will be our first live event in many months and will take place at the Leach Botanical Garden (6704 SE 122nd Ave, Portland, OR 97236-5037) on Sunday, September 26th at 5 p.m.

 

Be sure to bring something to sit on if you like, or feel free to sit on the grass. Click on the button above for a detailed view of the entire garden, including the locations where musicians will be performing.

Audience members may stroll the woodland grounds in a contemplative setting between musical ensembles and sound installations creating an atmosphere of meditation and reflection.

Hear soothing and upbeat performances by Justin Bulava, clarinet, Amelia Lukas, flute, Alexis Mahler, violin Hannah Penn, mezzo-soprano, Kate Petak, harp and Dylan Rieck, cello.

Soak in new sounds from composers David Bernstein, Antonio Celaya, Jay Derderian, Theresa Koon, Kevin Bryant Lay, Mei-ling Lee, Lisa Marsh, Jan Mittelstaedt, Paul Safar, Walter Saul, Greg A Steinke, Mark Vigil and Linda Woody.

Gate opens at 4 p.m. with the music beginning at 5 p.m.

Before the music begins, guests are welcome to explore the upper and lower gardens and enjoy a sound installation courtesy of Daniel Brugh. Guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and may pack in a picnic to enjoy on the upper garden grounds. Alcoholic beverages are permitted but no food or beverages will be sold on-site.

At 5 p.m. audience members will rotate through performances by three different musical ensembles spaced in different locations around the upper garden: solo flute; mezzo-soprano and harp; and violin, clarinet and cello. Concert guests may experience the music at each location in any order they choose. Each ensemble’s set will last approximately 20 minutes, with two 10-minute intermissions.

Currently masks are required in any crowded or indoor areas of the garden, including restrooms.

We hope you can join us for this unique and timely concert in this beautiful natural setting!

Leach Botanical Garden logo

And be sure to mark your calendars for Cascadia Composers next big event: Fierce, Fabulous, and Fully Coiffed Friday, December 10th, 2021 at 7 p.m. at the Clinton Street Theater, Portland, OR !

Fierce Fabulous and Fully Coiffed

Fierce Fabulous and Fully Coiffed

Cascadia Composers present Fierce, Fabulous and Fully Coiffed on Friday, December 10, 2021 with a Live show at 7 pm (PST) at the historic Clinton Street Theater. Drag queens! Rants! Jazz! Tragedy! Comedy! Confetti! Double entendres! More wigs and sequins than you’d ever thought could be gathered into one place! Join us for a fantabulous romp celebrating the undeniable gloriousness of the multifaceted contributions that the LGBTQ+ community has made to world culture since the dawn of entertainment!

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In Good Hands 2021

In Good Hands 2021

Cascadia Composers is not about to let summertime slide into fall without a real, bonafide encore presentation of our beloved summer tradition In Good Hands on September 11th, 18th, and 25th at 3p.m. on YouTube. Join us in celebrating talented student performers from across Oregon and Washington playing brand new music written by Cascadia Composer members…

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NACUSA 2021 Virtual New Music Festival

NACUSA 2021 Virtual New Music Festival

April 17 — May 2, 2021 Cascadia Composers, the Northwest chapter of the National Association of Composers USA (NACUSA), in partnership with Lewis & Clark College, will host NACUSA’s biennial conference as a virtual experience with all events held online for the very first time in the organization’s 87 year history…

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In This Together

The Halprin Landscape Conservancy and Cascadia Composers present In This Together A performance bearing witness to change, protest, revolution and the power of rebirth in the 50th year of the historic Keller Fountain DATE: Sunday, October 25th, 2020 VENUE:...

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One… Two… Delgani! (streaming concert)

One… Two… Delgani! (streaming concert)

Cascadia Streams presents:  One... Two... Delgani!  Jannie Wei and Wyatt True, violinsKimberlee Uwate, violaEric Alterman, cello  Open up the complete program in another tab or window here! Watch and hear a very special collaboration between Cascadia...

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Del Sol String Quartet Livestream

Del Sol String Quartet Livestream

Please join us for a FREE concert of new music by four Cascadia Composers: Antonio Celaya, Dawn Sonntag, Paul Safar, and Jeff Winslow. Cello and viola duos and works for violin solo, specifically written for this special event will be performed by members...

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2020 OMTA Composer of the Year — Nicholas Yandell

2020 OMTA Composer of the Year — Nicholas Yandell

Enjoy this video of Nicholas Yandell presenting his visual art, poem, and musical piece A Quiet Place in the Rain, commissioned by the Oregon Music Teachers Association honoring Nicholas as their Composer of the Year 2020.  Nicholas has this to say about A...

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In Good Hands 2021

In Good Hands 2020 Concert (virtual concert)

Cascadia Streams presents: The 10th annual In Good Hands Concert featuring student performers playing Cascadia Composers works! Tune in for the concert video of one of Cascadia Composers' favorite yearly traditions, the In Good Hands recital. Talented...

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New Music Gathering 2020

New Music Gathering 2020

Watch our one-hour concert video, which was Cascadia Composers' part of New Music Gathering, an annual conference dedicated to the performance, production, promotion, support and creation of new concert music! See and hear works by Christina Rusnak, Jay...

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Forward With Cascadia!

We at Cascadia Composers hope you are all staying healthy and coping with the extraordinary circumstances of these days. If any of you or yours do happen to catch the pandemic bug, we wish you and them a mild case and a quick recovery. Everyone here is...

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