Past Concert:
Locally Sourced Sounds

December 5, 2014
The Old Church

About the concert

In renewing their long commitment to the music of composers living and working among us, fEARnoMUSIC will dedicate their fall concert solely to the works of Oregon composers. The program will include works of prominent Portland area composers, including Tomas Svoboda, Bonnie Miksch, Michael Johanson, and David Schiff, as well as the winning work from fEARnoMUSIC’s inaugural Call for Scores, Unfolding by Tylor Neist.

The Call for Scores is an open competition to composers of all ages and backgrounds, currently living in Oregon, to write a short work for string quartet. Nationally prominent composer and Portland native Ryan Francis, who recently returned to Portland, selected the winning composition by Portland composer Tylor Neist, which will receive its world premiere on the concert by the fEARnoMUSIC String Quartet. FNM Artistic Director Kenji Bunch hopes to make this competition an annual event that supports what he sees as “the robust community of creative musicians in our region, some of whom may not be widely known, and could benefit from the visibility a premiere performance by our ensemble can offer.

As for the remainder of the program, Bunch looks to the leading composers in the Portland area, including the widely regarded dean of living Oregon composers, Tomas Svoboda, in observance of his 75th birthday. In Bunch’s words, “Clearly, with one concert, we can only hope to present a small cross-section of our compositional world here. This is why we plan on making “Locally Sourced Sounds” a yearly event. But it was absolutely essential for the first installment of this series to have Mr. Svoboda’s work represented.” Svoboda’s bold Passacaglia and Fugue for piano trio, Op. 87 will be performed by FNM’s violinist Inés Voglar, cellist Nancy Ives, and pianist Jeff Payne.

Alto saxophonist Sean Fredenburg will make his fEARnoMUSIC debut with pianist Jeff Payne in a performance of Michael Johanson’s driving, virtuosic Toccata. The concert will begin with the world premiere of Bonnie Miksch’s Somewhere Like You, My Darling, for violin and viola, commissioned by fEARnoMUSIC violist Joël Belgique as a birthday gift for his wife, violinist Inés Voglar. This work, performed by Belgique and Voglar, will be included on fEARnoMUSIC’s upcoming CD of the chamber music of Bonnie Miksch, to be released in the fall of 2015.

To end the concert, violinist Paloma Griffen-Hébert, cellist Nancy Ives, and pianist Jeff Payne will perform David Schiff’s New York Nocturnes, a dazzling, soulful homage to jazz traditions and the city that cultivated them.

Following the concert, fEARnoMUSIC will be joined by prominent local craft food and beverage vendors to celebrate not only our locally sourced sounds, but our unique and bountiful local tastes and scents as well.



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