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Selfless Promotion 2/11/11

12 Feb

It’s February.  And the weekend.  Here’s what some of our artists have coming up and performances around town…

From Con Grazia Wind Quintet:

Saturday, February 12 – 7:30!

-Lully’s Triumph of Love (just in time for Valentine’s Day!)

-Grieg’s popular Holberg Suite (arr. for winds)

-Divertimento for Flute, Oboe & Clarinet by Malcolm Arnold. This composer writes quirky melodic lines with exciting virtuosic passages in his fast movements, and stunningly gorgeous slow movements in this showcase for flute, oboe and clarinet.

Rebecca Olson, flute; Victoria Racz, oboe; Jill Coykendall, clarinet

-Symphony in D – Boccherini.  This symphony is a BLAST to play and just fizzes with effervescence. A delightful way to end a concert!

All Saints’ Episcopal Church

4033 SE Woodstock Blvd., Portland.

$15 general and $12 student/senior – available at the door. (cash/check only please)

And to continue your Valentine’s Day ‘Season’ in style:

Aromatic herbs. Classic recipes. The sweep of history. Nel Centro is a modern, light-filled aria to one of the world’s most revered cuisines. Nel Centro (Italian for “in the center”) explores the classic dishes of the Riviera and chef David Machado’s passion for grand culinary traditions and locally sourced, seasonal food. An open dining room, bar and a beautiful outdoor patio in-season. Valet parking is available adjacent to the restaurant at the Hotel Modera, 515 SW Clay Street.

Doesn’t that sound lovely?  During our concert an audience member will win a Gift Certificate for $75 for Hotel Modera’s Nel Centro! Perhaps you haven’t picked up any Valentine’s Day gifts yet?  Don’t worry – we’ve thought of everything for you and will have some selections from See’s available for purchase!

Hope to see YOU at the concert – as always we’ll have a reception afterwards so we may meet new audience members and talk with our loyal fans.




From Gideon Freudmann:

Gideon Freudmann’s  CelloBop Newsletter

*February*   2011


It’s February, the little month with a big heart … whatever that means?

This Month

I have a few shows this month, starting with a performance at Willamette University on Feb 3rd. You will have to exceed the speed of light and somehow travel backward in time to make it to that show. It should be worth the effort.

On Sunday the 13th, I’ll be participating in a memorial concert at the Christ Church, 1060 Chandler Rd, Lake Oswego, OR at 2pm. There will be a variety of performers at this short concert. All ages and free.

Saturday the 19th I’ll play at Miz Kitty’s Parlour – a monthly vaudevillian variety show that I’ve done a few times in the past. This time around guitarist Brad Price is joining me with our newly dubbed moniker, The Field Trippers.  The show starts at 7pm at the Mission Theatre,

624 N.W. Glisan in Portland


More gigs are listed below.

I’ll Huff and I’ll Post and …

The online news outlet, the (with right thinking views for left thinking people) recently posted a little story and video of the Portland Cello Project playing Kanye West’s, “All of the Lights”.

In other PCP news, I got a call from my brother who read a recent novel called, If I Stay (2009, by Gayle Forman) about a girl from Oregon who plays cello and at one point someone asks her if she’s ever heard of The Portland Cello Project.

Why is the group called PCP, some have asked? Simple – because horse tranquilizers and 8 cellos have more in common than you might think.

iPod, iPad…

Whatever you need, there’s a gizmo that’s just right for you. I imagine an app that targets pirates … the iPatch.

Yar, the peg-leg in me cello was shot off by a lily-livered scallywag.

Whew, clearly a case of too much coffee and not enough news.

March will be more exciting.


Concerts are listed below. More info, gig updates, recordings & sheet music can be found at .

CelloBop Concerts


2/3  Salem, OR,  Willamette University

2/13  Lake Oswego, OR,  Memorial Concert, 2pm, 1060 Chandler Rd

2/19  Portland, OR  Mission Theatre, Miz Kitty’s Parlour 624 N.W. Glisan in Portland.  21+


3/2  West Linn, OR  Sunset School

3/3  Portland, OR   Attic Gallery

3/9  West Linn, OR  Athey Creek Orchestra Concert

3/12  Portland, OR   TaborSpace, 7:30

silent film: Buster Keaton’s, “Sherlock, Jr.”


4/7    Portland, OR   Attic Gallery

4/10  Woodburn, OR  Library

4/17  Detroit, OR  Breitenbush

4/28 Stonington, CT  Pine Point School

4/29  Brattleboro, VT  Latchis Theatre,

silent film: Fritz Lang’s,  “Metropolis”

4/30 Amherst, MA   Broque CD release


5/10  Portland, OR, French American School

5/13-15  New Mexico



From Aaron Meyer:

February 13 – Valentines Concert with Aaron Meyer & Tim Ellis at The Day Music Theatre & Performing Arts Center.

Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 2 – 3:30 pm

Join violinist Aaron Meyer & guitarist/producer Tim Ellis for an intimate Valentines Concert at Oregon’s newest performing arts center, The Day Music Theatre and Performing Arts Center.

Tickets $25 – no service charges
To reserve your tickets call 503.515.3461 or email

The Day Music Building
5516 SE Foster
Portland, Oregon 97206

February 14 – Portland City Grill Presents:  “Valentines In The Sky”  – Dinner & Concert

February 14, 2011 at 7 pm

“Valentines In The Sky” Dinner & Concert
Featuring Violinist Aaron Meyer & Guitarist Tim Ellis

$125 per person

Price includes:
– Full course dinner paired with NW wines
– 2.5 hour parking
– gratuity
– concert with Aaron Meyer & Tim Ellis
– fabulous view of Portland

Dinner at 7 pm
Concert at 8:30 pm

Contact Portland City Grill Private Dining to make reservations
503.525.5260 or

Note: Vegetarian option available upon request.  Please let the staff know when you call.

Summer Music Camp with Violinist Aaron Meyer and Producer Tim Ellis – 2011

No musical experience required.  This program is open to any student interested in learning about music, songwriting, and recording.

PLEASE NOTE: we have two summer music camps for 2011
click on the links below for the details of each camp.
Canon Beach, Oregon – June 22 & 23
Portland, Oregon – July 11 thru 15

The Details:
Ages 8 – 14 welcome to register
Limited space
final performance where students perform their original songs

Tuition & Fee Schedule
$250 per student – $100 deposit required to reserve your space
No musical experience required.

In this one of a kind program children will learn how to:

–  Write lyrics and produce their own music CD.

–  Record & perform your own original music

–  Make their own CD.

–  This program is very creative, educational, & fun.

–  Students will tour one of the northwest’s finest recording studios (Portland Camp only).

–  Students will go to a live performance with Aaron and experience   a load in, sound check, and concert

–  Early drop off available – Snack provided
To reserve your spot or for more information
call 503.515.3461 or email:

for more info and to hear samples of student songs
click here

More Aaron Meyer Events

Friday, February 11 – Music in The Mountains presents Toh-Atin Fundraiser – Durango, CO

February 12 – Aaron Meyer opens for the Vancouver Symphony Big Band.

Friday, March, 4  – Garden of Hope Benefit Concert

Saturday, June 4 – Christ United Methodist Church presents Aaron Meyer and Tim Ellis in concert

June 22 & 23 – Summer Music Camp in Canon Beach, Oregon



Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

8 Feb

So.  I’ve been absent from these pages for a couple of weeks.  Normally I make every effort to have something listed here, either for our sake or for our artists sake, on a regular basis.  However, it being the time of year that it is, that’s not always possible; we tend to enter high gear around the middle of January through June.

Just to give you an idea of what’s going on with the staff;

The Spring 2011 Run For The Arts;  confirming sponsors, confirming prize contributors, lining up prizes, working with the Student Designer and winner of the T-Shirt Design Contest in preparation of producing t-shirts, getting the schools signed up and getting out press releases (for more information, click here).

Mad Hot Burnin’ up the Dance Floor;  selling tickets and/or tables, getting the Run of Show ready, creating the printed Program, deciding on a menu (it’s harder than you think), getting the celebrity dancers trained, getting the kids selected and trained to perform at the event, organizing the Event Registration, decor, setting up a website to do online dancer voting and what feels like a thousand tiny loose ends (for more information, click here)

Arts for Learning;  we’re in the Pilot year, so we’re working hard on getting that worked out with Beaverton School District, Young Audiences’ National Office, the University of Washington and WestEd.  This is a 5-year project funded by the DOE (US Department of Education) in an I3 grant to Beaverton SD which will rolled out district-wide.  No small feat (for more information, click here)

2011 Sunburst Awards Luncheon;  we’re beginning to focus on this appreciation event which take place on May 17, 2011.  I’ll update you as we make progress.

Performances and Residences in the Schools;  September through December is usually slow, but once everyone returns from their winter break, the focus is on getting artists into the schools, which is the core of what we do.  Needless to say, the pace quickens amazingly fast.

There you have a snapshot of the first six months of the year for us, however blurry and murky.

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