Saturday, December 19th, the quartet played the Newport Performing Arts Center in Newport, Oregon as part of the Newport Symphony’s 2009-2010 season. We were invited by the NSO’s music director Adam Flatt, who Heather and I know well from his years as an apprentice conductor with the Oregon Symphony over a decade ago. He asked for a French program, and little did we know how demanding that would be, with three pieces that would normally anchor a program or recital on their own, all on the same concert! We had a great crowd of very enthusiastic music lovers, and the concert was very well received. We hope to return to their season in the future – it was a shame that we weren’t able to stay after the concert and meet more people and see more of Newport. Unfortunately, we had to drive back to Portland for an Oregon Symphony rehearsal and concert Sunday morning.
Our guest pianist for the Franck Piano Quintet was one of our favorite artists in Portland, pianist Cary Lewis. He played with passion and sensitivity, and really brought this work to life for us!
We also had the great fortune of having another wonderful guest cellist for this concert, and we stayed in the family after having invited Trevor Fitzpatrick to perform with us at the OHSU concert earlier this year. This time his wife, Marilyn deOliveira, also a member of the Oregon Symphony, was able to perform a highly demanding program with great grace, humor, and artistic excellence. Thank you, Marilyn!
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