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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 | May 22nd, 2019|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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. [...]

By | September 23rd, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

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 [...]

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, [...]

By | August 13th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

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 [...]

Avi Avital and Bridget Kibbey Program Notes by Linda Russell

    Flute sonata in E-flat Major, BWV 1031 J.S. Bach (1685 - 1750) Coming from a long line of German musicians, Johann Sebastian Bach began his professional career at eighteen as a church organist. His first important position (1708-17), as court organist and chamber musician to the Duke of Weimar, came just five years [...]

Improv on Immigration: Gabriela Montero Rocks Maine

By Linda Nelson, Portland Ovations Deputy Director Immigration. It is the hottest and most critical issue of our era. Pianist and Venezuelan ex-pat Gabriela Montero knows this dearly enough to have built a performance around what she called "a very emotional theme." Montero's unique program, "Westward," was presented by Portland Ovations as part of an [...]

By | January 27th, 2020|Categories: Shows|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Gabriela Montero: “Westward”

https://youtu.be/9zoWBomGGpk "Montero's playing has everything: crackling rhythmic brio, subtle shadings, steely power in climactic moments, soulful lyricism … and, best of all, unsentimental expressivity." – The New York Times   Award-winning pianist Gabriela Montero, lauded for her monster technique and thrilling tone, is equally known as an inspired improviser. Her unique program pays homage [...]

Pre-Performance Lecture: “Hot off the Keyboard” Free, public lecture before Gabriela Montero

In a pre-performance lecture, “Hot off the Keyboard,” pianist Laura Kargul will discuss the renowned improvisational skills of some of the greatest classical composers. Works such as the Bach toccatas, Mozart variations, Chopin nocturnes and Liszt Hungarian Rhapsodies often sound as though they were forged in the fire of a solo late-night jam session, perhaps under [...]

By | August 12th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Gabriela Montero: ‘Westward’ Program Notes by Linda Russell

  With “Westward,” Gabriela Montero pays homage to three pianist-composers who emigrated to the West in the early twentieth century in order to escape physical, cultural and psychological oppression in their Russian homeland. Sarcasms: Five Pieces for Piano, op. 17 Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) Born in the Ukraine, Sergei Prokofiev enjoyed a happy childhood in which his [...]