OCMA virtual events 2020

As indicated earlier this fall, OCMA plans selected musical and informative videos for our community and friends to say "Thank you" and provide musical enrichment.

We are also moving forward to develop plans for the 2021 season with the promise that any event will be presented responsibly and safe.

Greetings from OCMA Associate Conductor Adam Stern

Adam Stern serves as Associate Conductor of the OCMA’s festival orchestra and is widely known for his fresh and entertaining insight in music and composers.   Born in Hollywood, he began his musical studies at age five as a piano student, and flute lessons two years later. At age 15, he was accepted at California Institute of the Arts.  Adam Stern graduated with an MFA in conducting at 21, the youngest Masters’ degree recipient in CalArts’ history.

Among his many professional positions, Stern recently became conductor of the Federal Way Symphony. In that position, he is beginning their season with a series of “virtual” performances.

We plan several pod casts with Adam in 2021 to inform our community of plans for appropriate venues and options for quality musical experience.

OCMA Principal Violist Shelley Mathewson plays JS Bach

Shelley Mathewson, OCMA Festival Orchestra principal violist is a member of the Portland Opera Orchestra and was principal violist of the Oregon Ballet Theatre for more than two decades. She is founder of the Delphinium String Quartet, is a member of the Portland Chamber Orchestra, and the Newport Symphony Orchestra. She holds bachelor and master’s degrees in viola performance from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.

Shelley provides a special greeting for all of us with her solo performance of the Allemande from J. S. Bach's First Suite for solo viola.

In July, OCMA partnered with 7-Devils Brewery to provide an outdoor concert featuring two Oregon-based musical performing groups The Hackles and Horse Feathers.

Carmen Mathews introduces Horse Feathers and Hackles performance

Carmen and his wife, Annie Pollard, owners of 7-Devils Brewery hosted a special outdoor event on the shores of Coos Bay this past July featuring two of their favorite bands. The OCMA board partnered with them to record the music to create a virtual concert viewing.

Astoria, Oregon-based Horse Feathers isn’t your standard indie folk band. Horse Feathers isn’t your standard band, period. Over twelve years and five albums, a passionate fan base has experienced this band as a precious commodity that they want to keep close to their hearts. One reason for this can be found in lead singer Justin Ringle, whose warm tenor and taut lyrics which speak of work, love, and other struggles. The piquant juxtaposition of gorgeous, lush string arrangements and stark, biting, visceral lyrics has caught the ears of fans around the world. Horse Feathers isn’t so much an ongoing group as much as a shifting collective of musicians wrapped around the singular songwriting prowess of Justin Ringle. There have been multiple iterations of the outfit in the 14 years since its founding, and the only constant has been Ringle. It’s this unconventional assembly of lineups that refreshes Horse Feathers, providing longevity and a creative wellspring. For this performance, Ringle is joined by longtime member Nathan Crockett and his wife Jennifer Crockett, as well as Kati Claborn and Luke Ydstie (both core members of the band Blind Pilot and The Hackles), as well as Halli Anderson of River Whyless.

…from Justin Ringle’s sandy-voiced warmth to lush string arrangements to fatalistic lyrics that undercut the surrounding swirl of sonic comfort food.” —NPR

They were featured in 2018 on Live on KEXP in concert recorded in May.

Carmen's Introduction

Opening Performance

Closeout Performance

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