The String Quartet…recomposed

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The string quartet..simple, understandable, elegant, balanced…a form that has endured for centuries, a canvas for musical innovation…from Mozart to Beethoven to Bartok to Reich…each has taken the string quartet form in exciting new directions.
For our second New Ideas in Music Competition, we wanted to try something different; to tell the story of a piece of music from concept to composition to performance, using the venerable string… Learn More » »

New Ideas in Music…


Next week, we present our New Ideas in Music winning compositions (click here for ticket info)....huge thanks to Betsy Russell for her generous sponsorship of our inaugural contest! Also, big thanks to our other concert sponsors, including Nel Centro (and the brilliant Dave Machado), WillaKenzie Estates (and the vivacious Ronnie Lacroute), and Portland State University School of Music (and the marathon maestro, Bryan Johanson).

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Let’s get ready to rummmmmmmble!!!!!!!


We’re thrilled to announce our first New Ideas in Music Competition (NIMC)! Details for entry can be found on our home page here…. Our stellar judging panel includes Chen Yi, Eve Beglarian, Zygmunt Krauze, Bryan Johnson, and Ron Blessinger (myself). In addition to the significant cash awards, the winning compositions will be performed on our April concerts, and recorded for download on our website. We are looking for fresh, exciting… Learn More » »