The Historic Old Church

Come on in to The Historic Old Church! We are a public events and performance venue located in downtown Portland’s cultural West End district. This historic jewel is a remarkable community space, home to concerts, lectures, ceremonies and receptions. In fact, we host a free noon sack lunch recital every Wednesday! Read below for our latest updates, click on Calendar to check out what’s happening here, and sign up for our e-newsletter so you don’t miss our great events!

Penezzi Trio with Rio Con Brio performs at The Historic Old Church Saturday, August 9 at 8:00pm


 7:30pm Doors

 Advance Tickets $15 – $18 at the Door

Tickets at

 All Age Show – Bar with ID

From classical concert halls, jazz festivals, choro circles, and the legendary São Paulo Samba club Ó do Borogodó, three friends, guitarist Alessandro Penezzi, clarinetist and interpreter of Brazilian jazz and traditional music, Alexandre Ribeiro, and American violinist and mandolinist, Ted Falcon, come together for an evening of original music from their homes in Brazil. Join them and experience original works from artists at the height of their powers as players, composers, and arrangers.

Widely admired for his astonishing technical range and imaginative approach to the traditional song forms of his native Brazil, guitarist, Alessandro Penezzi  is a mature artist at the height of his powers.  Born in Barrio Alto, Piracicaba, in the Brazilian state of São Paulo, Alessandro dos Santos Penezzi began playing guitar at the age of 7. A few years later, he lied about his age to study with the great Sergio Napoleão Belluco, who would only take students who were at least the age of 12.

In addition to the classical guitar, Penezzi plays the ukulele, mandolin, tenor guitar and a variety of woodwinds. He writes for various music magazines in Brazil and is a sought-after performer, composer and teacher. He has toured Russia, the United States and Angola, and performed with many noted musicians such as such as Dominguinhos, Yamandú Costa, Zimbo Trio, Beth Carvalho, Silvio Caldas, Danilo Brito, and Renato Borghetti.

Clarinetist and interpreter of Brazilian jazz and traditional music, Alexandre Ribeiro, is best known for his collaborations with renowned artists Carlos Malta, Alessandro Penezzi, Osvaldinho do Acordeom, Dominguinhos, Nelson Ayres, Paulo Moura, Yamandu Costa, Raul de Souza, Andre Mehmari, Toninho Ferragutti, Ken Peplowsky and many others.

Ted Falcon is an American violinist, mandolinist and composer working in his adopted country of Brazil. Recognized as one of the few innovators on the violin, an instrument rarely used in Brazilian popular music, Ted has been invited to perform with some of the biggest names in that country: Gilberto Gil, Dominguinhos, Hermeto Pascoal, Jovino Santos Neto, Alessandro Penezzi and others. Born in New York, Ted grew up in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He first starting playing the piano at age five then switched to the violin when he was six. The son of a professional guitarist, Ted grew up listening to jazz and the Brazilian music of Villa-Lobos, Tom Jobim and Luiz Bonfá. Further study of Brazilian choro music at Indiana University fueled his passion for the sound and brought him to form his own group, the Los Angeles Choro Ensemble. He has dedicated himself exclusively to the study of Brazilian music and choro for the past 7 years, recording several Brazilian instrumental CD’s, Memórias do Brasil and Transcontinental Music Express, as well as writing a mandolin book, Retratos do Brasil.

He is also one of the few innovators on the violin, an instrument rarely used in Brazilian popular music. In 2006 and 2007, he performed around the world headlining and touring in Japan, the U.S. and Brazil. In many different trips to Brazil, he has performed with some of the biggest names of Brazilian music, including Armandinho and Gilberto Gil, as well as featured performances on TV Senado and Radio Nacional. (with Época de Ouro) In the U.S., Ted has played with David Grisman, Mike Marshall and has recorded with Ben E. King and Suzanne Vega.  As a studio musician, he has played on many string quartet tribute recordings for Weezer, Korn, the Cure, Linkin Park and on national television programs including Judging Amy, Charmed and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Rio Con Brio captivates audiences around the country with their intimate performance of the beautiful and esoteric Brazilian repertoire known as choro. Influenced by equal parts Afro-Brazilian rhythms and the contemporary cafe music of Italy, France, Spain and Portugal, choro is both exotic and familiar, evoking in turn the carnival of Rio and the cafes of Paris.  Guitarist Mike Burdette and mandolinist Tim Connell exhibit finesse and passion in their playing, while displaying a sincere love of the choro repertoire and connection to their audience.

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Tonight! In Air Conditioned Comfort! Occidental Gypsy with opening act Brian Oberlin at The Historic Old Church – Saturday, July 11 at 8:00pm

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Friday, July 11                                                                                                                                     8:00pm

Advance Tickets $18 – $20 at the door                                                                                     Available at:

Door 7:30pm  –   All Ages  – Bar with I.D.

Nationally recognized Occidental Gypsy is pioneering the sound of World Gypsy music and  delivers an exhilarating blend of gypsy swing, jazz and world music with a roaring acoustic sound.

Their mélange of uptempo, high-energy rhythms of gypsy swing, melded with the catchy melodic hooks of pop and complex structures of jazz delivers a thrilling auditory experience to listeners.

Coming off a recent tour with Wynton Marsalis, Occidental’s violinist prodigy Eli Bishop rouses audiences with his expert, lightning-fast violin. Occidental Gypsy plays a dynamic, multi-genre mix of original vocal and instrumental pieces along with many notable covers like a  “gypsyfied” take of Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

The Boston Globe has named them a “Best Bet for Weekend Entertainment,” and musician David Bromberg said of the group, “great singing, fantastic guitar and violin work, with high energy originals that leave the crowd crazy. An awesome band.”

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