Monday, November 11, 2019 (7:30pm) - The F Word: A Memorial to Mulugeta Seraw Fear No Music reflects on the first thirty years since the brutal murder of Ethiopian student Mulugeta Seraw on the streets of Southest Portland with a multimedia performance curated by composer (and Portland native) Ryan Francis. A World Premiere by Francis titled ​Night Walk ​ (for flute, clarinet, 2 violins, viola, cello, piano and percussion) makes up one half of the program. The complement is David Bruce’s modern epic ​Gumboots ​ for clarinet and string quartet. Commissioned by Carnegie Hall and performed and recorded to general acclaim many times during its 15 year history, this evocative and instantly appealing piece is “a moving work of great beauty and vitality that conveys a sense of journey.” ​(The International Clarinet Association) ​ ​This concert is in conjunction with a display of The F Word exhibit, a touring exhibit from The Forgiveness Project, a UK-based organization that uses storytelling to promote personal and community healing and restorative justice.

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Monday, January 20, 2020 (7:30pm) - Locally Sourced Sounds VI “Fear No Music’s annual Locally Sourced Sounds concert, one of Oregon’s most valuable music series” (Oregon ArtsWatch) ​ experiences its sixth iteration showcasing music by composers living and working in the region of Oregon and southwest Washington. Composers include Nicholas Emerson, Yuan-Chen Li, Li Tao, Janice Giteck, Jake Safirstein, and Garrett Key.

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Monday, March 23, 2020 (7:30pm) - Just Us  An evening of meditations on our connection to our environment, to each other, and to our inner selves. Our shifting climate and landscapes have profound effects on both the natural world and our way of life. Fear No Music explores the ramifications through pieces by Carmen Braden, Dorothy Chang, Katherine Balch, David T. Little and Erin Gee. Gee’s ​Mouthpiece 28 ​ stands out on this program for its “hushed 3 nonverbal sounds supported by subtle instrumental effects (which) project an intimate sound world… the result is original, powerful, and haunting.” (​American Academy of Arts and Letters, Charles Ives Fellowship Recipient, 2015)

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Monday, May 18, 2020​ (7:30pm) - Haters Gonna Hate This is a celebration of works that survived initially dismissive reviews and vitriolic objections to emerge as landmarks of innovation in the trajectory of the concert music tradition. Alex Temple describes her Viola Joke ​ as “a comedy routine for an apocalyptic nightmare universe.” Morton Feldman’s ​King of Denmark ​ for percussion solo is a quiet study in instrumental color, notated graphically and executed with only hands, fingers and arms as no sticks or mallets may be used. Now considered a true masterpiece for solo flute, Edgar Varése’s ​Density 21.5 ​ showcases both the composer’s unique creative genius and the expressive and technical possibilities of the instrument. Maurice Ravel’s jazz and blues inspired ​Sonata ​ for violin and piano, and Beethoven’s profound final ​Piano Sonata ​ complete the program.

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Sunday, June 14, 2020​ ​(12pm) - Folk you, too! The annual reprise of 2018’s bonus concert, this program is a vibrantly diverse and creative showcase of music from countries around the world that have been maligned and misunderstood in our national conversation. Featured composers are Arturo Corrales of El Salvador, Joshua Uzoigwe of Nigeria, and Haitian-American Nathalie Joachim. The concert coincides with President Donald Trump’s birthday, and as a special tribute, concludes with Daniel Felsenfeld’s ​Presidential Address, ​ a sober, unflinching setting of the President’s own words from the infamous ​Access:Hollywood ​ tapes… This never gets old. 

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