Frozen Music: Light and music in Aalto’s library

Frozen Music: Light and music in Aalto’s library

Sat & Sun, Oct 3 & 4, 2015 from 1-4pm
Mount Angel Abbey Library
1 Abbey Dr, St Benedict, OR

*Cycles begin on the hour at 1, 2, & 3pm

The Mount Angel Abbey Library is a modern marvel, one of only two buildings in the US designed by Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. Third Angle transforms Aalto’s architectural masterpiece into a place of interactive musical exploration filled with music by modern Finnish composers and the voices of the visionaries who brought this library to life. Featuring special guests Cappella Romana.

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Check out these additional ways to enjoy Mt. Angel’s rich cultural heritage and lush countryside, with insider tips and special offers for our Third Angle guests.

Frozen Music Bus Tour
Join us for our extended Mount Angel bus tour, including transportation to/from SE Portland, admission to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Gordon House, and a picnic lunch.

TICKETS: Click here
Note: Tickets to the performance must be purchased separately. Please select 3 pm performance time at checkout.


10:30 am - Meet at Portland Opera Parking Lot
10:45 am - Bus Departs for a tour of The Frank Lloyd Wright House in Silverton, Oregon
12:00 pm - Gordon House Tour
1:00 pm - Bus to Mt. Angel
1:30 pm - Picnic Lunch
2:30 pm - Explore/Stretch your legs
3:00 pm - Frozen Music Concert
4:00 pm - Mount Angel Abbey Library with an Aalto Scholar
5:00 pm - Return to PDX
6:00 pm - Back in Portland Opera Parking Lot

Note: Tickets to the performance must be purchased separately.


The Hampton Opera Center Parking Lot
211 SE Caruthers St.
Portland, OR 97214

Please park on the North (far) side of the bioswale when you enter. There are 10 spaces on the West side of the lot that are labeled "All Classical 24/7." Please do not park in those spaces.
Into Great Silence (Film)
presented in partnership with Cinema 21
Tues, Sept 29, 2015 | 7 pm
Cinema 21

TICKETS: General Admission $9.50, Students (with ID) $8.50, Seniors (62 and older) and children $7.00. Click here to purchase.

Into Great Silence is an extraordinary cinematic exploration of eternity, time, silence, beauty, the present moment, and sound. Shot entirely on location with available light and barely two minutes of dialogue in one of the most ascetic monasteries in Roman Catholicism, the Grande Chartreuse in the French Alps, it traces the daily lives of monks who have committed to living a solitary life in a two-story cell where they work, pray, eat, and sleep on a straw bed, leaving only three times in every twenty-four hours to go to the chapel— a rare glimpse of monastic life and a welcomed relief from our hectic, media-saturated lives.

Retuning Architecture: Viewing Alvar Aalto's Architectural Style with an Artistic Eye
A slide lecture by Linda Hathaway Bunza
presented in partnership with AIA Portland, Center for Architecture
Wednesday, Sept 30, 2015 | 6 pm
Center for Architecture, 403 NW 11th, Portland


Alvar Aalto's designs are as much artistic and organic as technical and functional. What role did nature and the arts play in shaping Aalto's architectural process? We'll take a look at Aalto's Library at Mt. Angel Abbey in St. Benedict, OR (1970) as well as earlier Aalto creations.

Lecture/Presentation: Juhani Pallasmaa
Alvar Aalto's Synthetic Rationality - the logic of form
presented in partnership with Portland State University School of Architecture, John Yeon Center, University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts
Fri, Oct 2, 2015 | 5:30 pm
Shattuck Hall Annex, SW Broadway & Hall, PSU


“The experience of architecture is transformative, fusing temporal dimensions and reconnecting us with layers of deep forgotten memories.”*

The same could be said of music.

We are indeed fortunate to have as our keynote speaker one of the foremost architectural writers of our time, Finnish architect Juhani Pallasmaa. In sharp contrast to the trends of contemporary culture, Pallasmaa has been a strong voice advocating for the essential role of experience, not image, as the foundation for understanding architecture.

In his talk entitled ALVAR AALTO’S SYNTHETIC RATIONALITY: The Logic of Form, Pallasmaa will explain that Aalto’s approach to design, while often labeled “irrational” or “organic," in fact includes experiential, psychological, atmospheric, and neurological qualities as conscious parts of his design process, a process that could be called synthetic rationality.

The Library at Mount Angel Abbey couldn’t be a more compelling example of the importance of this approach. Whether your interest is in architecture or music – or both – Pallasmaa will help set the stage for more fully appreciating the weekend experience.

*from the introduction to Understanding Architecture by Juhani Pallasmaa and Robert McCarter
Mount Angel Abbey Library with an Aalto Scholar: William Tripp
Sat, Oct 3, 2015 | 12 pm
Sun, Oct 4, 2015 | 12pm & 4pm
Mount Angel Abbey Library, 1 Abbey Dr, St Benedict, OR


As we walk throughout the library, Architect William Tripp will give a brief description of some of the “layers of meaning” to be found, and how these are woven into a moving and meaningful architectural experience. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions along the way.
Mount Angel Abbey Library with an Aalto Scholar: Juhani Pallasmaa
Sat, Oct 3, 2015 | 4 pm
Mount Angel Abbey Library, 1 Abbey Dr, St Benedict, OR


Finnish architect Juhani Pallasmaa’s talk at Mt. Angel - TWELVE THEMES IN MY WORK: Interplay of Thought and Form - will be a more informal presentation of his own work in architecture, design, artistic work and writing. This will be a wonderful opportunity to gain some insight into how different modes of inquiry and expression are interrelated.

MAGNUS LINDBERG | Clarinet Quintet (1992)
GREGORIAN CHANT |  Antiphon for St. Benedict
EINOJUHANI RAUTAVAARA |  Herran rukous (“The Lord’s Prayer”) (1973)

Ron Blessinger, violin
Greg Ewer, violin
Charles Noble, viola
Marilyn De Oliveira, cello
Louis DeMartino, clarinet
Featuring vocalists from Cappella Romana

Frozen Music Committee Members: Jane Jarrett, William C. Tripp, Linda Czopek, Linda Hathaway Bunza, Carol Ann Raphael, Ron Blessinger, Lisa Volle, & Sarah Tiedemann

Supported by:

Mount Angel Abbey
Mount Angel Abbey
Linda Czopek & Vern Rifer OCF
Finlandia Foundational National The Oregon Community Foundation
Creative Heights Initiative
Oregon Cultural Trust The M.E.N.S.C.H. Fund
PSU SOA    PSU College of the Arts University of Oregon    Yeon