One of 2015’s peak Oregon musical moments

Oregon Arts Watch, October 18, 2015

“It was standing room only.  Kudos to all the players and sponsors who made it happen”.

Rhonda Rizzo, Writer and Pianist, August 9, 2015

makrokosmos_logo_WP, a new festival in beautiful downtown Portland, brings cutting-edge contemporary American music to chic, accessible urban settings. makrokosmos_logo_WP features world-class performers and composers from the greater Portland area. makrokosmos_logo_WP teams up and partners with local food, wine and arts organizations. makrokosmos_logo_WP is about the best of Portland, Oregon.

On June 26, 2016 we also head to Eugene!  Join us at the beautiful Oveissi & Co for the first installment of Makrokosmos Project Eugene!

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berserk [ber-surk, -zurk]

adjective

(of a person or animal) out of control with anger or excitement; wild or frenzied.

ORIGIN early 19th century. Originally as a noun denoting a wild ancient Norse warrior who fought with frenzy.

 


The People United Will Never Be Defeated!
is an intrepid set of 36 solo piano variations by Frederic Rzewski based on the Chilean resistance song “El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!” After a military coup d’état on September 11, 1973 that overthrew elected President Salvador Allende and the Popular Unity government, the song became the anthem of the Chilean resistance against the brutal Augusto Pinochet regime, both within Chile and among the Chilean diaspora.

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American_Berserk_sml celebrates the 40th anniversary of the premiere of The People United Will Never Be Defeated! by uniting 6 pianists for a complete performance.

EVENTS

THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 2016 BLUE SKY GALLERY

5pm: Festival opening wine reception: [wine-glass, phi lip -glass] 4 Movements for Two Pianos, Philip Glass. Ragamalika Ringing Changes, Gerald Levinson (makrokosmos_logo_WP commission). DUO Stephanie and Saar

6pm: American Berserk: John Adam’s American Berserk. Lydia Chung. Nikolai Kapustin’s jazzy finger-busty Etudes. Susan Smith. Ryan Anthony Francis, Digital Sustain. Deborah Cleaver. John Zorn’s Carny.  Jeff Payne.

7:15pm: Winter Roses: Jake Heggie’s Winter Roses. George Crumb’s 3 Early Songs. Angela Niederloh, mezzo-soprano. Stephanie Ho, piano.

8pm: Uniting the People: Open discussion of People United with the performers

8:30pm: Frederic Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated!

Julia Lee, Lydia Chung, Alexander Schwarzkopf, Harold Gray, Susan Smith and Deborah Cleaver.

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 26, 2016 OVEISSI & CO

5pm: [wine-glass, phi lip -glass] 4 Movements for Two Pianos, Philip Glass. Ragamalika Ringing Changes, Gerald Levinson. DUO Stephanie and Saar

6pm: American Berserk: John Adam’s American Berserk. Lydia Chung. Nikolai Kapustin Etudes. Susan Smith. Ryan Anthony Francis, Digital Sustain. Deborah Cleaver. Alexander Schwarzkopf  New works.

7:15pm: David Lang Orpheus Over and Under George Crumb Celebration and Ritual, Palimpsest from Otherworldly Resonances. DUO Stephanie and Saar

8pm: Uniting the People: Open discussion of People United with the performers

8:30pm: Frederic Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated!

Julia Lee, Lydia Chung, Alexander Schwarzkopf, Harold Gray, Susan Smith and Deborah Cleaver.

DUO Stephanie and Saar

DUO Stephanie and Saar

Lydia Chung

Lydia Chung

Susan Smith

Susan Smith

Deborah Cleaver

Deborah Cleaver

Julia Lee

Julia Lee

Angela Niederloh

Angela Niederloh

Alexander Schwarzkopf

Alexander Schwarzkopf

Harold Gray

Harold Gray

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Jeff Payne

INFO:

Date: Thursday, June 23, 2016. 5-10pm

Venue: The beautiful Blue Sky Gallery, 122 NW 8th Ave, Pearl Dist.

Makrokosmos Project Eugene: Sunday, June 26, 2016. 5-10pm @ Oveissi & Co

Pianos: Generously provided by the PHENOMENAL Portland Piano Company. The BEST in the business.

Food + Wine: The best that Oregon has to offer!

Tickets: $15 advance, $20 day of show, $10 students and seniors.  Ticket price includes both PDX and Eugene events and complimentary food and wine!

 

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Photos by Aaron Brethorst

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