Black Classical Composers | Commission Form of Government
The quartet Mousai REMIX gives a concert this week featuring the work of black classical composers. Viola player Jennifer Arnold, cellist Marilyn de Oliveira and violists Emily Cole and Shin-young Kwon join us.
Oregon Public Broadcasting- Think Out Loud
Classical resistance
[CLASSICAL RESISTANCE] These back-to-back concerts by Oregon Symphony musicians operating under the umbrella group 45th Parallel will address two demographics neglected in much classical music programming: music by African American composer and new music by local composers. During the early show, string quartet Mousai Remix will celebrate Black History Month with music by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges (a contemporary of Mozart), English Romantic composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, mid 20th century American composer Florence Beatrice Price and contemporary composer Daniel Bernard Roumain, whose music is often influenced by hip hop and electronica. The late show will feature the Pyxis Quartet’s commemoration of the 2017 MAX stabbings with new poetry and music commissioned by 45th Parallel. MAX survivor and poet Micah Fletcher wrote four new poems that he’ll read at the concert, and four of Portland’s most fascinating composers—Kenji Bunch, Texu Kim, Bonnie Miksch, and Nicholas Yandell—chose a different one as inspiration for a new composition. BRETT CAMPBELL.
Willamette Week
Not your typical classical concert: 45th Parallel presents black composers, music inspired by Portland MAX attack
When the classical music organization 45th Parallel reached its 10th birthday this season, it expanded its ranks and artistic vision.

Renamed 45th Parallel Universe, it completed its evolution from an artistic director-driven model, led by founder and violinist Greg Ewer, to a collectively run umbrella organization comprising five ensembles: two string quartets, a woodwind quartet, a percussion duo and a chamber orchestra.

The expansion produced a corresponding broadening of artistic vision, with a season packed with diverse concerts. On Friday, Feb. 15, two 45th Parallel ensembles play back-to-back concerts embracing compositions that classical music institutions are often rightly accused of ignoring: music by African American composers, and new music responding to the concerns of here and now rather than there and then.
The Oregonian
Mark Orton’s New Score Breaks Convention but Honors Film
Buster Keaton's Oregon-Filmed 'The General' Tours State With A New Score
The Hollywood commissioned the well-known Oregon composer Mark Orton to create an original score for “The General” and tour it around the state with a live ensemble, starting at the Hollywood on Aug. 12 and stopping in Cottage Grove (Aug. 13), Coos Bay (Aug. 14), Bend (Aug. 16) and Klamath Falls (Aug. 17), before returning to the Hollywood on Aug. 19 & 20
The General Still Delights, 90 Years Later
Hollywood Theatre Celebrates the Film’s Birthday with Live Score
Portland Mercury
Buster Keaton’s The General Turns 90 with Tour and Live Score
Quartet remixes classics with Linfield musicians
Four musicians from the Oregon Symphony joined together to form the Mousai Remix quartet that performed April 25 at Delkin Recital Hall.

Members of the quartet first met at a sight-reading party and realized that they enjoyed playing together. Their goal is to play within the community.

They often play with children, in elderly homes and with the children’s outreach program for the Oregon Symphony.

They like playing in a quartet because they like to mix it up and interpret the music how they view it, they said.

With an energetic start, Mousai Remix performed the first movement of W.C. Handy’s string quartet.

There was a sense of connection and it was evident that the performers enjoyed playing the music together.

Emily Cole is a violinist originally from Seattle and has been with the Oregon Symphony for two years.

Cole began playing the piano at 6 years old, but not by choice.

She eventually switched to the violin, where she first studied under her mother, who is a violinist in the Seattle Symphony.
The Linfield Review
Mixing it up in Neskowin
Mousai Remix brings a fresh sound to the Neskowin Chamber Music series

The Neskowin Chamber Music series has a long history of attracting established, internationally recognized groups to play in the tiny chapel at Camp Winema.

But on Sunday, Nov. 23, the chapel will play host to Mousai Remix, which, at just three years old, is the youngest-ever ensemble to attend the series.

Founded in 2011, the Portland-based string quartet got its name from the ancient Greek Mousai, the muses that inspire the arts and sciences.

The quartet — all members of the Oregon Symphony — got their start after receiving wide acclaim for their performance at a Friends of the Oregon Symphony fundraising concert.

Striving to provide audiences with a personal connection to symphony musicians, Mousai Remix performs in nontraditional venues that lend themselves to casual listening while still allowing powerful connection to the music.
Oregon Coast Today
Mousai Remix to open Music in the Woods concert series
Music in the Woods, a new concert series presented by Mary’s Woods and Marylhurst University, will kick off June 2 with Mousai Remix, an award-winning string quartet from Portland. The concert is free and begins at 6 p.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Names, 17400 Holy Names Drive. Mousai Remix includes Emily Cole and Shin-young Kwon on violins, Jennifer Arnold on viola and Marilyn de Oliveira on cello.

Refreshments will be served following the concert and attendees are welcome to visit with the musicians.
Lake Oswego Review
Pushing Expectations: Mousai Remix At PHAME Academy
It may seem like the string quartet Mousai Remix and PHAME Academy have little in common, but both groups steadfastly refuse to conform to expectations.

Mousai’s musicians maintain day jobs with the Oregon Symphony, but commit themselves to taking the string quartet repertoire out of the concert hall and into the community.

PHAME offers people with developmental disabilities opportunities to live more creative lives through arts education and performance. (If you’ve never heard their choir’s rendition of Modest Mouse’s “Float On”, you’re missing out!)

This audio postcard was captured in November at PHAME’s home base, a space within Grace Memorial Episcopal Church in Portland. Both groups are gearing up. PHAME’s 30th anniversary season is coming in 2014. The group is working on am ambitious original stage production. Mousai will continue its third season in February.
Oregon Public Broadcasting-State of Wonder, April Baer
Meet the Musicians’ session to feature Mousai Remix
The Linfield College Department of Music will feature string quartet Mousai Remix in a “Meet the Musicians” performance seminar Thursday, April 25, at 4 p.m. in the Delkin Recital Hall in the Vivian A. Bull Music Center at Linfield.

The session will include discussion with the quartet followed by an opportunity for the Linfield student string quartet to play for and with the guest artists. During the session, Mousai Remix will also perform a selection from their repertoire. The group’s 2012-13 season showcases the works of Debussy, Ravel and Prokofiev paired with the complete quartets of Mendelssohn.

Mousai Remix is comprised of Oregon Symphony members Emily Cole, Shin-young Kwon, Jennifer Arnold and Marilyn de Oliveira. The group formed in 2011 after the quartet performed for a Parties of Note fundraising concert hosted by the Friends of the Oregon Symphony. The quartet seeks to provide Portland-area audiences with a personal connection to symphony musicians, often performing in nontraditional venues that facilitate casual listening but still allow for a powerful connection to the music.

The music performance seminar is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Linfield Department of Music at 503-883-2275.
Linfield College News
Mousai Remix featured in concert series
When Mousai Remix presents the second concert in the 2014-2015 season on Nov. 23 at 3 p.m., it will be newest ensemble ever to present a program at Neskowin Chamber Music.

Founded in 2011, the Portland-based string quartet got its name from the ancient Greek Mousai, the muses that inspire the arts and sciences.

The quartet is made up of members of the Oregon Symphony.

Mousai Remix got started because of the wide acclaim it received after performing a fundraising concert hosted by the Friends of the Oregon Symphony.

“We assembled out of a passion to study and perform the great string quartet literature, as well as a desire to share our love of music with the Portland community, including promoting music in education in Portland-area schools,” said the group on its website.

Concerts take place at Camp Winema, located three miles north of Neskowin, just off Highway 101. Season tickets are $110. Individual tickets are $25. For more information, call 503-965-6499, write to Neskowin Chamber Music, PO Box 1044, Pacific City, OR 97135, or check the website at
News Times
Portland newest string quartet, Mousai Remix, to debut on Sunday
A brand-new string ensemble, called Mousai Remix, will perform its inaugural concert on at 8 pm on Sunday, (February 12)at ivories Jazz Lounge and Restaurant (1435 NW Flanders). Mousai Remix consists of Oregon Symphony violinists Emily Cole and Shin-young Kwon, violist Jennifer Arnold, and cellist Marilyn de Oliveira. They will play Beethoven’s F Major Quartet, Op. 59, No.1 and Brahms C minor Quartet Op. 51, No. 1. This concert will be free to the public, but donations will be accepted to benefit the Oregon Symphony Kinderkonzert fund in efforts to increase the number of outreach performances in Portland area schools. Doors will open at 7:00 pm at Ivories Jazz Lounge and Restaurant for food and drinks. Extra note: The mousai (muses) were the goddesses of music, song and dance, and the source of inspiration to poets.

Here’s more about Mousai Remix from the ensemble’s press release:

Mousai Remix’s mission is to provide the city of Portland with a more personal musical connection to their symphony musicians in an intimate setting. The concerts will be an opportunity to present string quartet masterworks to Portland audiences of all interests as well as generate funds for more youth concerts in local schools.
Oregon Music News


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