From the Director: Wine & Roses

kpp_cae_013As we approach our finals concerts of the year, it’s only natural to look back over the concert season – my 2nd as the conductor and music director of CAE. It’s been a bit of a wild year – 11 concerts in 6 different venues. And as I mentioned in my last post, singing everything from Messiah to an imitation of a banjo. We’re nothing if not flexible. We’re very excited about our final “Wine & Roses” concerts. We’ll be singing, as you might expect, songs about roses and wine – two things Portlanders hold near to their heart. OK, in the interest of full disclosure, there is one about beer, too, but that’s not far from wine in the heart of a Portlander. We’ll be singing Lauridsen, Whitacre, Brahms, Mozart, Gilbert and Sullivan, Strauss and Orff among others. We’re also happy to be partnered with the Portland Rose Festival for this event, and will be having a very special wine-tasting reception after the Saturday concert. So come out and help us kick off the Rose Festival, taste some wine (we promise we’ll wait until after the concert before we do that), listen to some music that is at times achingly beautiful, and at other times silly fun, and help us close our 45th concert season.

I’d like to thank all of you so much for your support this season and look forward to bringing you an exciting schedule of concerts next season, including a concert with renowned composer, Ola Gjeilo & Portland’s own jazz trumpeter Thomas Barber, another collaboration with the Portland Chamber Orchestra, a Music at the Movies Pops concert at the Hollywood Theater, and a Viennese Masters concert. We’ll have season tickets on sale at a 10% discount during the reception. And this whole idea of singing songs dedicated to best of Portland? We’ll revisit that. I’m thinking songs about Kombucha and Kale next time…

See you all at the concerts!

*For more info on our Wine and Roses concerts on April 26 & 27, or to reserve your tickets and receive 10% off for buying in advance, visit our website or call 503-488-3834. Tickets will also be on sale at the door at both performances.