as if those oregon symphony peeps aren’t busy enough toiling under the exacting baton of coach kalmar, many of the musicians take part in some absolutely stellar extracurricular activities. wanna get up close and personal with some of the band’s string players? well, the beav is here to offer a bevy of kick-ass options:
turning the big two-oh this year, *fearnomusic counts violist joël belgique, cellist nancy ives, and violinist inés volgar among its ranks. their performance last year with gabriel prokofiev was the most insanely sweet instrumental show this rodent witnessed outside of the symphony season. and with the recent john cage b-day happening earlier this month, artistic director (and fiddler!) paloma griffin has already produced (hands down!) the most thought-provoking and adventurously ambitious concert of 2012. and yes, i know it’s only february. stay tuned for fnm’s next show in april, yo!
the new kids on the classical music block, *mousāi remix string quartet features violinists emily cole and shin-young kwon, viola goddess jennifer arnold, and cellist marilyn de oliveira. the four muses have wisely decided to kick things off with stellar works from LvB & brahms in a brand spankin’ new venue. come celebrate tax day with the beavs at ivories jazz lounge on april 15th!
highlighting the considerable skills of violist (and brother blogger) charles noble, along with violinists fumino ando and shin-young (my she’s busy) kwon, the *arnica string quartet always seems to be offering stumplandia the absolute best in straight-ahead chamber music. seriously. on march 23rd, just $5 gets you in the door for their next program of purcell, golijov (!), britten (!!), and Beethoven (!!!) – in beautiful southeast pdx, no less.
violinist (and down-right wonderful human being) ron blessinger serves as *third angle ensemble’s artistic director. he unerringly taps a revolving roster of musicians that often hail from the oregon symphony. don’t believe me? well, mark your calendars for saturday march 10th – third angle’s next concert celebrates the art museum’s mark rothko exhibit with some outrageously modern compostitions. in a word: yay!