It’s official! We have two ensembles signed on to pilot our new outreach program. This will be an ongoing program where we work with two ensembles at a time. We’re very excited to get this new project underway and bring classical music to new audiences!
Oh and just so you don’t miss it – we are having a public, no-cover-charge fundraiser at Vie de Boheme on Wednesday June 5 to help raise funds for this and other outreach efforts. More details to come!
Here’s the press release:
CLASSICAL REVOLUTION PDX LAUNCHES NEW OUTREACH PROGRAM
Chamber Ensembles Will Bring Music To Residential Facilities and Schools
May 2, 2013 – Portland, OR
Classical Revolution PDX (CRPDX) has announced a new outreach effort to bring chamber music to new audiences in the Portland area. Through its Classical Outreach Series program CRPDX will develop and present a series of three concerts for each participating chamber ensemble. Each series will feature one educational outreach concert at a school or learning center, one social outreach concert at a facility with limited access to live classical music, and one public concert in a fun, casual, low-admission-charge venue.
CRPDX is pleased to have two ensembles confirmed to act as pilot artists for the program.
Post-Haste Duo (http://posthasteduo.com/) is a new-music-commissioning reed duo featuring saxophonist Sean Fredenburg and bassoonist Javier Rodriguez. Fredenburg is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Oregon.
“Collaborating with CRPDX as a pilot ensemble is an exciting opportunity. Community and educational service through music has always been part of our organizational mission. We can’t wait to continue pushing the boundaries of the chamber repertoire in Portland’s unique musical landscape.”
–Sean Fredenburg and Javier Rodriguez, Post-Haste Reed Duo
The Mousai (http://themousai.net) is a new-music ensemble featuring pianist Maria Choban, oboist Ann Van Bever and flutist Janet Bebb. Choban has been an active participant in CRPDX chamber jams and is an exciting performer always championing new music.
“It is so cool to see one of my dreams come true through CRPDX – taking chamber music as a vital form with cool accessible music written today into places with little or no access to live chamber music (like maybe juvenile justice centers) and into schools where we can incite young people to not just become the next audience of passive listeners and purchasers of music, but to play music!”
– Maria Choban, The Mousai
CRPDX will use a combination of general fundraising and project-specific online fundraising to fund each ensemble’s performance series. Each ensemble will partner with CPRDX in promoting the online fundraising for its series. The two pilot ensembles’ performances will be planned and funded this summer and are expected to occur in late summer or fall of 2013. Several ensembles have expressed interest in the ongoing program. CRPDX welcomes contact from other ensembles, schools, residential facilities and venues that may have interest in participating.
CRPDX will select ensembles for participation based on a combination of musical merit and community involvement. In selecting ensembles CRPDX will not discriminate based on any participant’s age, race, color, national origin, gender identity or expression, religion, sexual orientation, income level, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.
The program was designed by Executive Director Christopher Corbell as a way to have CRPDX do more for independent musicians and ensembles while fulfilling the organization’s mission.
“Small classical ensembles and new-music ensembles need more opportunities to play for audiences. They also need to be compensated for their performances, but small ensembles don’t always have the means to fundraise or receive grants, and setting high ticket prices limits the potential audience. There are many people who would benefit from these groups’ music, and getting chamber music to them is the mission is CRPDX. That’s why we are creating this program to work with many groups over time, to bring their music to new audiences. The program is designed so that we can be creative and adaptive with it – see where the ensembles want to go, see what the needs are in the community and make the music happen.”
- Christopher Corbell, Executive Director, Classical Revolution PDX
To help fund this program and other new initiatives CRPDX will be hosting a public, no-cover-charge fundraiser at Vie de Boheme (1530 SE 7th Ave Portland, OR 97214) on Wednesday, June 5 at 7 pm.