Portland Cello Project
Portland Cello Project plays Radiohead, Bach and Coltrane!
In a way, the artistic destinies of the equally unorthodox OK Computer and Portland Cello Project were meant to coincide. They will do so on October 25 when the Portland Cello Project appears at the CCA for what is expected to be a thrilling performance of music from the album Rolling Stone Magazine called a “stunning art-rock tour de force.” Top it off with music by Johann Sebastian Bach and John Coltrane and you have an exciting concert that provides something for everyone.
Pre-show Lecture – 6 p.m. – presented by Noreen Silver
Presented in conjunction with the McGillicuddy Humanities Center.
About Portland Cello Project:
In the fall of 2006 a group of 9 cellists got on stage at Portland, Oregon’s Doug Fir Lounge to perform western classical music in an informal setting. Many of the cellists that night thought it would only happen once.
But slowly that one-off event became a second, and a third, cellists joined and left and rejoined the group again, to perform in Portland’s most popular clubs. By 2009 the group had evolved into a nationally-recognized performing, recording and educational group with a revolving cast of cellists. Cello Project (or PCP as their fans affectionately call them) were quickly appearing anywhere and everywhere in North America, from punk rock clubs to symphony halls, from street parties to exclusive private events. By 2010 self-described horde of cellos were spending more than a quarter of the year touring, featuring a diverse repertoire that quickly ballooned to over 1,000 pieces of music.
Under the artistic direction of Douglas Jenkins, the group grew and evolved, working with an all-star group of cellists in the Pacific Northwest (Skip vonKuske, Diane Chaplin, Nancy Ives, Gideon Freudmann, Kevin Jackson, to name just a few…). The group developed a three-part philosophy that has mostly remained unchanged over the years:
To bring the cello places you wouldn’t normally see it (from wild dance parties, to formal symphony halls, to street parties, to Millennium Park in Chicago…).
To perform music on the cello you wouldn’t normally associate with the instrument alongside music from the Western Classical Tradition (from Pantera to Taylor Swift to Kanye West to Elliott Smith, alongside Bach, Rossini, and Saint-Saens, to name just a few…).
To build bridges between different musical communities through educational, community outreach, and through collaboration with myriad artists, from The Dandy Warhols to Garrison Keillor to Ural Thomasto Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney) to Jolie Holland to Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul and Mary), among many others, and cellists such as Ben Sollee, Maya Beiser and Zoe Keating.
About Noreen Silver:
Noreen Silver, Director of the Chamber Music Program at UMaine, has been described by Michael Tumelty in the Glasgow Herald as being “an extraordinarily soulful player” who “demonstrates an uncommon depth of feeling and imagination.” She was born in Glasgow and studied at the Royal College of Music in London, then subsequently in Geneva with Pierre Fournier, and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Mass.While studying at NEC she met her husband, Phillip Silver, and together they formed the Silver Duo. With the Duo, and as a member of the Van Leer Trio, Noreen has performed in the UK, USA, Israel, Sweden, Czech Republic, Germany, France and Belgium, and has broadcast frequently for the BBC and other national radio stations. Noreen has been on the faculties of Strathclyde University and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, Scotland. She has also been a member of the Boston Opera Orchestra, Northwest Chamber Players, and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.
Orchestra seating only $30/$25 | K-12 Student $15 | All fees included
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Group discount of 15% on parties of 8 or more!
Thank you to our show sponsor:
The Barbara Cassidy Fund