2016-2017 Season

Requiem for the Living

We open our 48th season with a contemplative concert featuring expressive chorus and orchestra works by contemporary American composers Paul Moravec and Dan Forrest. Paul Moravec’s “Songs of Love and War” is a setting of letters to and from American servicemen from the Vietnam War, World War II, World War I and the American Civil War. Dan Forrest’s “Requiem for the Living,” unlike traditional Requiems, focuses more on humanity and is just as much for the living and their own struggle with pain and sorrow as for the dead. It was recently featured at a Tokyo concert commemorating the 70th anniversary of Japan’s surrender ending WW II. Our hope with these concerts, in a time of great conflict throughout the world, is to create a brief respite for our audiences to experience the power and beauty of this music and its comment on our shared, human experience.

Adult – $17 in advance; $20 at the door
Senior – $14 in advance; $17 at the door
Student – $5 in advance and at the door

Friday, October 14 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 15 at 7:30 pm

St. Andrew Catholic Church
806 NE Alberta St, Portland


Welcome, Yule!

“Welcome be ye that are here, welcome all, and make good cheer.” So goes “Welcome Yule,” an anonymous 15th-century text set by English composer Hubert Parry and the inspiration for our holiday concert series. Expect songs both old and new that celebrate this season of light and the coming of the New Year, including works by Ola Gjeilo, Arvo Pärt, Giovanni Gabrieli, Libby Larsen and Joshua Shank.

Adult – $17 in advance; $20 at the door
Senior – $14 in advance; $17 at the door
Student – $5 in advance and at the door

Saturday, December 17 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 18 at 3:00 pm

Portland State University
Lincoln Recital Hall
1620 SW Park Avenue, Portland


CAE Pops! Always Leave them Laughing

It doesn’t always have to be so serious! Join us for our annual CAE POPS! concerts as we explore the funny, ironic, satirical, outrageous, absurd and downright silly in music, including pieces by Handel, Billings, Whitacre, PDQ Bach, Tom Lehrer and others.

Adult – $17 in advance; $20 at the door
Senior – $14 in advance; $17 at the door
Student – $5 in advance and at the door

Saturday, February 18 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 19 at 3:00 pm

Portland State University
Lincoln Recital Hall
1620 SW Park Avenue, Portland


Revelry and Reverence: Madrigals and Motets Across Six Centuries

The sacred and the secular – an ongoing dichotomy in music perhaps most clearly seen in the madrigals and motets of the Renaissance era – the golden age of polyphony. This concert will trace the lineage of these genres from the 1500s to the 2000s with music from the great Renaissance masters such as Palestrina, Byrd, Weelkes and Monteverdi, to those who continued the tradition into subsequent eras, including Bach, Mozart, Saint-Saëns, Fauré, Schoenberg, Gjeilo and others.

Adult – $17 in advance; $20 at the door
Senior – $14 in advance; $17 at the door
Student – $5 in advance and at the door

Friday, May 12 at 7:30 pm
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian
3228 SW Sunset Blvd, Portland

Saturday, May 13 at 7:30 pm
The Old Church
1422 SW 11th Ave, Portland

An optional wine tasting and silent auction will follow the Saturday evening concert