rhythm nation, under god – part III

now before ol’ beavey rambles on about uncle camille’s organ, can i just say a few more words about those 23 string players accompanying nadja on her seasonal journey through buenos aires?  dear god.  quite simply, they are some of our town’s finest musicians ~ violinists, violists, cellists, and bassists of the highest order who have devoted their lives to their instruments ~ founding members of celebrated portland chamber ensembles like *third angle, *mousāi remix, and *fearnomusic.  it was a rare treat to hear these two dozen folks strut their tango-riffic stuff and let it all hang out, rhythmically and technically speaking (of course).  and the most wonderful surprise of the night?  getting to witness principal cellist nancy ives play this amazing extended solo during the final autumnal chapter… a solo so amazing and so extended (like, 2 minutes!) that ms. salerno-sonnenberg graciously stepped aside to ensure all eyes and ears were focused on that gorgeous cello sound.  when people ask me if there are any perks to writing this blog, my number one answer is the opportunity to meet the musicians of our orchestra.  and from the bottom of my tiny heart, i have to say i’ve met no one finer than ms. ives… an absolutely stellar musician consistently dedicated to her craft and a genuinely warm human being who inspires me to be a better rodent.  smooches to nancy and the whole string summit!  xoxo, cb

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