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Sphinx Virtuosi Presented in partnership with Indigo Arts Alliance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9zl7mb_i-s "True to their name, the Sphinx Virtuosi call up the vision of an iconic mythological feline with its immeasurable power, unwavering command and soulful beauty." - THE WASHINGTON POST The Sphinx Virtuosi are the nation's most dynamic, exhilarating professional chamber orchestra dedicated to increasing racial and ethnic diversity in classical music. The exquisitely curated [...]

Pacifica Quartet

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8OKaXmCgZ4 "...nothing short of phenomenal..." - THE TELEGRAPH Recognized for its virtuosity, exuberant performance style and often-daring repertory choices, over the past twenty-five years the Pacifica Quartet has achieved international recognition as one of the finest chamber ensembles performing today. Their program of thoughtfully selected works features string quartets written by American female composers during the ratification [...]

By | October 20th, 2021|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Program Notes for Fauré Quartett by Aimée M. Petrin

Dear Friends With 90 years of bringing the finest classical music to Portland-area audiences, who would ever have imagined we’d be doing so virtually?     Despite the changes in the world this past year, what hasn’t changed is Ovations’ dedication to classical and other chamber music forms; connecting our audiences LIVE with extraordinary performers from around [...]

By | April 13th, 2021|Categories: From Aimee, Program Notes|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Performance Notes: AURAL EXPLORATIONS: FARRIN, FURE, AND MESSIAEN

Experience International Contemporary Ensemble, live streamed in your home! Thursday, May 28, 7PM on Youtube FREE REGISTRATION Dear Friends, When we embarked on our work with International Contemporary Ensemble (I.C.E.) we knew it would be wholly unique and unforgettable for Ovations audiences. At that time we imagined a modified version of their [...]

New York Philharmonic String Quartet

https://youtu.be/wjjrqkaSuk4 “A marvelous ensemble.” — THE NEW YORK TIMES A chance to luxuriate with some of the world’s best string players in works that brought the prestigious quartet form to prominence in the 18th century and beyond. This quartet, founded in January 2017 during the New York Philharmonic’s 175th anniversary season, comprises four principal [...]

By | April 5th, 2020|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

CANCELLED – Pre-Performance Lecture: “Quartets and Four-ness” Free, public lecture before New York Philharmonic String Quartet

Quartets involve four players and are written in four “voices." But even when all the players are playing, there may be only one or two things going on in the music. Or there may be more than four. Composers tend to have characteristic ways of playing with these numbers and the relationships between the voices. [...]

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New York Philharmonic String Quartet Program Notes by Linda Russell

    Quartet in G Major, K. 387 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791) Mozart’s musical genius soon became apparent to his musician father. At the tender age of six Leopold Mozart took his son on the first of many concert tours to display his prodigious talent. During the next ten years Mozart developed as [...]

Avi Avital and Bridget Kibbey

https://youtu.be/1Ea5YO6C58w   “Bridget Kibbey makes it seem as though her instrument had been waiting all its life to explode with the gorgeous colors and energetic figures she was getting from it.” - The New York Times “Much as Andres Segovia brought the classical guitar into the concert hall, the Israeli virtuoso Avi Avital is [...]

By | February 18th, 2020|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Pre-Performance Lecture: “How Vocal Folk and Dance Traditions Found their Seat at the Table” Free, public lecture before Avi Avital & Bridget Kibbey

Taking popular, recognizable folk tunes and 'dressing them up' for use on the concert platform has been going on for hundreds of years. From the multiple settings of the Medieval Burgundian tune L'homme armé during the Middle Ages, to Mozart’s Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star variations, to powerful musical statements on religion, nationalism, war and peace, [...]

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Avi Avital & Bridget Kibbey Notes by Aimée Petrin

Dear Friends, After three attempts and at least as many years, it is a thrill to finally bring to Portland Grammy nominated mandolinist Avi Avital. We are doubly fortunate to have with us his equally stellar collaborator Bridget Kibbey, credited as the “Yo-Yo Ma of the harp.” We are grateful you’ve chosen to spend your evening with [...]