Piano Recital: “The Unbearable Lightness of Grief”

Piano Recital: “The Unbearable Lightness of Grief”

Stephen Lewis, performs a recital exploring grief, death, transcendence, and acceptance. The program includes (in this order):

Chopin Sonata #2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35
Scriabin Sonata #4 in F-sharp major, Op. 30
Brahms Drei Intermezzi Op. 117
Mozart Sonata #8 in A minor, K. 310

Chopin’s Sonata, which includes the famous funeral march, depicts life, death, contrasting visions of how we leave this life: vibrating into celestial light through ecstatic movement on the one hand and grief with a stylized, narrative perspective. Following this opening, Scriabin and Brahms present co, retrospective and muted resignation on the other. Mozart’s A minor Sonata, written in the aftermath of his mother’s death, provides catharsis through the rawness and immediacy of grief.

There will be a reception afterwards and a chance to purchase his new album!

Admission: freewill donation

Dr. Stephen Lewis serves as Music Director for St. Stephen’s Epicopal Parish. Stephen received his D.MA. (Doctorate of Musical Arts) in Contemporary Piano Performance from the University of California San Diego, where he also received a Ph.D. in Composition. He is also a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he double-majored in Composition and Piano Performance.

Celebration of the Expanded Organ

St. John’s fall Coulter Concert celebrates the recent expansion of its fabled Flentrop organ. Join with the St. John’s family and fall under the sway of Bruce Neswick’s performance. Concert organist and Canon For Cathedral Music at Trinity, Portland, Mr. Neswick “is a musician whose playing vibrates with energy, is full of radiant color, and always expertly crafted”.

Benefit Chamber Music Concert and Reception

The Yaquina River Museum of Art (YRMA), Toledo, invites all to a Benefit Chamber Music Concert October 5 at 4:PM  at St. John’s Episcopal Church, A National Historic Landmark, 110 NE Alder St., Toledo. The cornerstone for St. John’s was laid in 1882 at its current site on land donated by Toledo Founding father John Graham.  St. John’s present church was built in 1937 using clear fir lumber milled at the CD Johnson Mill in Toledo. Sound quality is excellent in this well preserved small church with 75 seating capacity which adds to the much anticipated program by musicians  David Straka , pianist and Ednaldo Borba.  Concert goers will enjoy music by Bach: Violin de Gamba Sonata in D Major; Brahms: Cello Sonata in F Major, movements II and III; and Bloch: Prayer; and perhaps an encore by David or Ednaldo. The concert will take place with no  intermission and pure music-time is approximately 40 minutes.

Immediately following the performance,  all are invited to the 1926 Vicarage House Museum next door,  home of Michael and Judy Gibbons, for a wine and hors  d’oeuvres reception for the musicians.  The Vicarage Garden Gate will be open and  the stone path and steps through the church yard are just a few yards away from the front door of St. John’s. The Vicarage House Museum has a large collection of art and the Gibbons and YRMA Board members will serve as docents for the evening.

Tickets for the Museum Benefit are $40. which includes the wine reception and are available online at Evenbrite and Facebook; The School House; Gallery Michael Gibbons and at the door.

House Concert: In Purcell’s Salon

An intimate gathering to celebrate the song and keyboard music of Henry Purcell and contemporaries, performed on period instruments. Includes wine and hearty hors d’oeuvres

Clara Schumann Bicentennial Celebration Concert

Byron Schenkman & Friends performing a Birthday Concert!

Clara Schumann Bicentennial Celebration
Friday, September 13
7:30 p.m.
Grace Memorial Episcopal Church, Portland

Jesse Irons, violin; Tekla Cunningham, viola; Nathan Whittaker, cello; Byron Schenkman, piano

Tickets at the door $25/$20/$10

Hail, Sweet Love: Devotional Music by Seventeenth-Century Women

Saturday, August 17, 2019, 7:00 PM
Ascension Episcopal Parish
1823 SW Spring Street, Portland
Samantha Arten, soprano
Emma Mildred Riggle, organ

Please join us for a recital of sacred early music by women composers, performed by soprano Dr. Samantha Arten of St. Louis University, and organist Emma Mildred Riggle, Minister of Music at Ascension Episcopal Parish. The concert will take place in Ascension’s charming and historic Sanctuary, and will feature our Baroque-style tracker organ. The program will include works by Francesca Caccini, Barbara Strozzi, Claudia Francesca Rusca, Isabella Leonarda, Lucretia Orsina Vizzana, and Maria Francesca Nascimbeni. A reception will follow the performance.

Suggested donation $15

Read more on Facebook and on Ascension’s website

Cascadia Chamber Ensemble Concert

Do you love cello and piano duets? Tom Graves (cello) and Hannah Brewer (piano) will be presenting a concert as members of the Cascadia Chamber Ensemble on Saturday, June 22 at 2pm at St. Michael & All Angels Church, 1704 NE 43rd Ave. in Portland.

On the program are two powerful works for cello and piano: Beethoven’s Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 5, No. 2 and Chopin’s Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 65, a wonderful piece first performed by us in April 2019.

The suggested donation is $10-15, but don’t let that stop you from coming! All are welcome.

Pentecost Evening Prayer and Concert by Lasana Kanneh

Evening Prayer on Pentecost June 9 at 4:00 p.m. followed by a concert by Lasana Kanneh

St. Bede Episcopal Church
1609 Elm Street

Forest Grove, OR 97124

Lasana Kanneh suffered much in his native homeland of Liberia. Born blind and ostracized by his community for this disability, he was eventually abandoned at the school for the blind in Monrovia. God intervened and an evangelist took him home and preached the good news to him. He readily believed the Word of God and could not return to his home due to his conversion. He escaped war, persecution, poverty, abuse and personal failure to bring you these beautiful songs of faith, hope, and restoration. Lasana has been featured on NPR, VOA, and many other local & national stations.

Experience the Bodhi Trio

Mindfulness and music will come together when the Bodhi Trio performs at St John’s on February 11th at 4:00. The event is part of the Coulter Concert series. Pianist Kira Whiting; violinist Kevin A. Lefohn; and David Eby, founding cellist for Pink Martini, who currently plays with the Oregon Symphony and the Portland Cello Project. The Bodhi Trio is committed to the practice of mindfulness and it’s expression through music. Their performance will include Mozart and Mendelssohn Piano Trios; the Magic Hour by Kenji Bunch; and more.