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Leonard Bernstein at 100

45th Parallel Universe

Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Research

October 22 & 23

7-8:30 pm

45th Parallel Universe joins the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education in celebration of the 100-year birthday of American master composer, Leonard Bernstein. Our program features brilliant chamber music from Bernstein's early years, performed at the museum at the same time as an exhibition from the Grammy Museum that draws from more than 150 artifacts including photographs, personal items, scores, and more.

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Vive la Femme

mousai REMIX

The Old Church

November 8

7-8 PM

The fabulous ladies of mousai REMIX present music by groundbreaking women who were at the front lines of the suffrage movement, including Ruth Crawford Seeger, Rebecca Clark, Amy Beach, and Dame Ethel Smyth. 

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C Squared I - Two Concerts, One Evening

2 concert package

November 8th, 2019

7:00 PM Vive la Femme, featuring mousai REMIX

8:30 PM Primordial Swamp

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Primordial Swamp

45th Parallel Universe
The Old Church
November 8
8:30-9:30 PM


One of the best things about 45th Parallel is the idea that a group of restless musicians could get together in a room and come up with creative and unconventional programs that don’t otherwise fit in our respective ensembles. Our first Primordial Swamp will feature the world premiere of a new work by Brandon Scott Rumsey, a 45th Parallel commission. We’ll also the celebrate the release of 45th Parallel’s latest recording with a performance of Dohnanyi’s Sextet.

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Les Boreades

Helios Camerata
PICA
January 17, 2020
7 - 8:30 PM


In a city with a dearth of recital halls, we’ve decided to build our own! 45th Parallel partners with Glowbox to create Les Boréades, an immersive visual and sonic performance that challenges the conventions of live performance . Our program features a survey of French music, including works by Rameau, Debussy, Ravel, and Boulez.

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C Squared II - Two Concerts, One Evening

2 concert package

March 6th, 2020

7:00 PM Northern Lights, featuring Arcturus Quintet

8:30 PM Smörgåsbord, featuring F.O.G.

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Northern Lights

Arcturus Quintet
The Old Church
March 6, 2020
7-8 PM


Arcturus Quintet's 2019-2020 season features a performance of three delightful Scandinavian wind quintets. Written in 1971, Johan Kvandal's Quintet, Op. 34 captures the ever-changing beauty of a northern landscape, from darkly brooding dawns to swirling snowflakes. A more recent addition to the repertoire, Esa-Pekka Salonen's 2003 composition Memoria is a slow arc through different textures, requiring three of the musicians to double on their darker, lower auxiliary instruments (alto flute, English horn, and contrabassoon). Wrapping up the program is Carl Nielsen's eponymous Quintet, Op. 43, which was written in 1921 for the musicians of the Copenhagen Wind Quintet. The piece captures the different personalities of each of the instruments — the chatty flute player, the sultry oboist, the practical joker who plays clarinet, the stoic horn player, and the grumpy bassoonist — and has since become a favorite of the wind quintet repertoire.

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Smörgåsbord

F.O.G.
The Old Church
March 6, 2020
8:30 – 9:30 PM


45th Parallel Universe founder Greg Ewer gathers his friends for a night of Scandinavian delights.
The nyckelharpa and the hardanger fiddle are two of Scandinavia's most iconic traditional instruments. This program will feature folk music for both of these bowed instruments as well as a pair of youthful masterpieces by two of Scandinavia's most beloved composers, Carl Nielsen's String Quartet No. 1 and Edvard Grieg's tuneful Sonata in F Major for Violin and Piano. Both works are inspired in part by Scandinavian folk music and are gems of the chamber music literature.

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BMW@BMW

Helios Camerata
BMW Portland
April 17, 2020
7-8:30 PM


Brahms, Mendelssohn, Wagner, performed amongst the legendary design of Germany’s iconic automaker in the showroom of the BMW dealership in Goose Hollow. Impeccable craftmanship, gorgeous design, style that moves you, all apply to both car and composer.
Vielen dank to Andrew Clark and the brilliant team at BMW Portland for hosting this concert. Wir werden ein bisschen Spaß haben, meine Freunde!

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C Squared III - Two Concerts, One Evening

2 concert package

May 15th, 2020

7:00 PM Carrot Revolution, featuring Pyxis Quartet

8:30 PM Make it Rain, featuring Gemini 3

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Carrot Revolution

Pyxis Quartet
The Old Church
May 15, 2020
7-8 PM


“The day will come when a freshly observed carrot will start a revolution”
-- Paul Cezanne

We celebrate and welcome Portland’s newest composer resident, Andy Akiho, with a program that features his epic work for prepared piano and string quartet, “Prospects of a Misplaced Year.” The program kicks off with Gabriella Smith’s brilliant work, “Carrot Revolution.”

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Make it Rain

Gemini 3
The Old Church
May 15, 2020
8:30 – 9:30 PM


The Gemini boys really blew us away last year with their incredible performance. This year, they return as “Gemini 3”, promising to make it rain with a torrent of evocative music for percussion, featuring works by Alejandro Vinao, Andy Akiho, Toru Takemitsu, and Thierry de Mey.

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