The Historic Old Church

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Choro Das 3 performing at The Historic Old Church – Tuesday, June 17 at 7:00pm


On Tuesday June 17th, at 7 pm – Choro das 3 will play at The Old Church as part of their 3-month tour of the US.

Tickets available at:

Choro das 3 is a Brazilian instrumental group of three sisters and their father –  who have been playing together officially as a band since 2003. Corina, 25, plays flute and piccolo. Lia, 23, plays 7-string guitar. Elisa, 20, plays mandolin, banjo, clarinet and piano. Their father, Eduardo, plays pandeiro (the Brazilian tambourine.)

The group specializes in the genre known as Choro, which originated in Rio de Janeiro in the 19th Century. While there are elements of Samba in the music, Choro more accurately occupies a place in Brazilian culture roughly equivalent to Jazz. Choro das 3 studied at the feet of the old masters, some of whom had played with the founders of Choro, such as Pixinguinha and Jacob do Bandolim.

They have been hailed by critics in Brazil and abroad, who have said of their music:

“… interpretations of extreme creativity … a wonderful job of preservation and at the same time, renovation and modernization of Choro”  ~ Toninho Spessoto, Blog Acordes

“Choro das 3 . . . represents the newest and most talented music in the Brazilian landscape” ~Bom Dia

“… some of the most inspired and inspiring music . . . the highest level of musicianship and presentation,” ~American Mandolinist Mike Marshall

They will be joined in this concert by the excellent Portland ensembles “The Brazillionaires” and “Rio Con Brio.”

In Brazil, Choro das 3 has given performances for the last two Presidents, and play regularly for audiences of thousands. They recently appeared on the famous Jo Soares’s Brasilian talk show. Here’s some video of that show — it is Portuguese, but even if you do not speak the language – you can still see that the sisters are delightful and massively talented.

Here’s some music from that show:

Hope to see you there!

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Astoria Music Festival Portland Preview featuring award winning cellist, Sergey Antonov and Oregon Symphony Concert Master, Sarah Kwak

AstoriaMusicFestivalPreview2014_poster_1024The Historic Old Church is thrilled to host Astoria Music Festival’s only Portland performance. Sarah Kwak, concertmaster of the Oregon Symphony; Sergey Antonov, cello gold medal winner of the Tchaikowsky Competition; and pianist and ChamberMusic Director Cary Lewis, will return once again for this special preview concert.  They will be playing music by Grieg, Erno Dohnany, and the beloved First Piano Trio by Brahms.

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About the artists:

Sarah Kwak joined the Oregon Symphony as Concertmaster in August 2012, after serving as First Associate Concertmaster in the Minnesota Orchestra from 1988 to 2012. As that orchestra’s Acting Concertmaster, Sarah performed as soloist in many works, including Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending, Wieniawski’s Second Violin Concerto, Bach’s Double Violin Concerto, the Brahms Double Concerto and the Glazunov Violin Concerto. She was also featured in many chamber works during Sommerfest, most recently Brahms’ B-major Piano Trio. She was a soloist in two world premieres: Kevin Puts’ Sinfonia concertante and Steve Heitzeg’s Peace Cranes.

Born in Moscow to two cellists, one a teacher at the Central Music School at the Moscouw Conservatory, the other a Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra cellist, Sergey Antonov began studying the cello at age five. After graduating from the Moscow Conservatory, he studied with, among others, the legendary Mstislav Rostropovich. Hailed as “… a brilliant cellist…” (M. Rostopovich) and “… a complete artist, both from the point of view of his umimpeachable technique and musically, with a cantablile quality and an energy that merge in a harmonious whole…”

Ever since pianist Cary Lewis  moved from Atlanta to Portland eight years ago, he has oftend been engaged as a recital accompanist and chamber musician in the Pacific Northwest. Over the past year, Lewis has appeared in concerts sponsored by 45th Parallel, Cascadia Composers, Northwest New Music, and the Astoria Music Festival where he also organizes its chamber music series.



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