2017/2018 Season

Music of Martin Luther’s World

Sunday October 22, 3 PM @ United Lutheran

 
OctoberOn this 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, Portland’s early music specialists Phil and Gayle Neuman with organist Margret Gries present compositions based on melodies written by Martin Luther. Luther was a good composer and wrote at least forty hymns. His melodies, adapted from both Gregorian chant and folk song repertoires, were the basis of instrumental compositions by well-known composers of the Renaissance. You’ll enjoy various settings of Luther’s melodies as well as secular pieces from the same period, and you’ll hear our host Philip Bayles discuss the question: “Why should the Devil have all the good music?”

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Baroque Music in Eastern Europe

Sunday January 14, 3 PM @ United Lutheran

 
JanuaryViolinist Holly Roberts and cellist Marc Vanscheeuwijck perform 18th-century compositions from the courts of Eastern Europe. Music in the Baroque style became part of Eastern European culture when many northern Italian composers, including Domenico Dell’Oglio, Giovanni Battista Draghi and Luigi Madonis, worked in the courts at Moscow and St. Petersburg. At the same time Polish composers Adam Jarzebski and Franciszek Lilius were active in Warsaw. We invite you to enjoy these brilliant but seldom-heard compositions by these five extraordinary composers.

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Frescobaldi and Friends

Sunday February 11, 3 PM @ Church of the Resurrection

 
FebruaryGirolamo Frescobaldi was one of the most influential composers of the early 17th century and an innovator, especially of instrumental music. Ensemble Primo Seicento will explore a cross-section of Frescobaldi’s diverse publications as well as music by his Italian contemporaries in various combinations of organ, harpsichord, cornetto, sackbut, recorder, and voice. Our performers include Doug Sears, Barrett Codieck, Talon Smith and Margret Gries.

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Church of the Resurrection, 3925 Hilyard St, Eugene


Back to Bach

Sunday March 11, 3 PM @ Church of the Resurrection

 
MarchThe solo sonatas of J. S. Bach can become a life-long fascination for the professional violinist and a challenge for the listener. How can one person create four-part counterpoint on the violin? Working from a facsimile score, baroque violinist Michael Sand explores the intricate harmonies of the first partita in b minor for solo violin. Harpsichordist Margret Gries joins him for the seldom-heard sonata for violin and obbligato harpsichord in c minor and the continuo sonata in e minor. Hearing this repertoire in a resonant space can provide a unique aesthetic experience for those who seek deeply moving works of art.

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Church of the Resurrection, 3925 Hilyard St, Eugene


Bach Brandenburg Concerti

Sunday April 29, 3 PM @ United Lutheran

 
Enjoy this all-Bach program featuring three of his Brandenburg concerti— #3 with three violins, three violas, and three cellos, #5 featuring solos for violin, traverso, and harpsichord, and #6 for two violas and two gambas. Rounding out the program are two solo sonatas with harpsichord, one for violin and the second for viola da gamba. With repertoire for two players up to eleven, you’ll be sure to catch a glimpse of the variety in Bach’s style.

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United Lutheran Church, 22nd and Washington, Eugene, Map/Directions