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The Old Church presents brass and chamber music, opera and Halloween scares

September 3, 2013


Sept. 03--The Old Church, Portland's historic downtown church, presents free concerts every Wednesday at noon. Enjoy an hour of lunchtime music performed by local and not so local artists. The address is 1422 S.W. 11th at Clay.

September 4

Brass Confidential, a local brass ensemble directed by James Smock in concert.

Sept. 11


Sept. 18

Cascadia Concert Opera from Eugene presents a concert version of Johann Strauss' operetta, "Die Fledermaus" ("The Bat").

Sept. 25

Erik Flaten & Michael Barnes perform piano duets by Edvard Grieg, Morton Gould and Camille Saint-Saens.

Oct. 2

Koshanin, a Portland-based pianist and composer, started his musical career in Yugoslavia. He eventually relocated to the United States where, after several years of touring with various groups, suddenly rediscovered his musical roots in Balkan folk music from his childhood. Koshanin's original compositions and his adaptations of traditional folk songs blend musical traditions of his native Serbia and Mediterranean sensibility with contemporary western music.

Oct. 9

Cole Burger, pianist on tour from College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green University in Ohio plays works of Johannes Brahms and Olivier Messaien. Burger is Instructor in the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University, where he teaches and coordinates class piano and piano pedagogy.


Beverly Serra-Brooks, pianist in "Remembering Rachmaninoff; The Man and his music," featuring some of his most famous piano compositions and life stories. 2013 marks the 140th anniversary of Rachmaninoff's birth.

Oct. 23

Tapestry Strings performs movements from quartets by Mendelssohn, Grieg, Gershwin and d'Indy. Catherine Noll, Janet George, Peggy Swafford and Gayle Budd O'Grady will be joining talents for the event.

Oct. 30

Michael Barnes, organist and friends will present a creepy prelude to Halloween on the restored Hook & Hastings tracker organ of 1883.

-- David Stabler


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