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Sounds of Home – Musical/Visual Reflections on Oregon’s Diverse Ecosystem

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When: Feb 06, 2018 from 06:00 pm to 07:30 pm

The Oregon Symphony will be hosting a free evening of music, nature photography and discussion illuminating the diversity and wonder found within Oregon’s ecological regions. In partnership with the Audubon Society, and their work capturing birdsongs, the principal winds from the Oregon Symphony will perform three new works specifically commissioned for this event by area composers, integrating birdsongs found in the various regions of Oregon.

The Oregon Symphony’s Sounds of Home series continues with a free community event that explores the diversity and wonder found in Oregon’s natural environment. Four Oregon composers present new works specially commissioned for this event, each inspired by Oregon birdsongs and premiered by principal wind players from the Oregon Symphony. This event will be held at the World Forestry Center.

The premieres complement familiar nature-inspired music including Barber’s Summer Music and excerpts from Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, also performed by the Symphony’s wind ensemble. Representatives from the Audubon Society of Portland and Friends of the Columbia Gorge offer insight into Oregon’s ecological regions, its bird populations, and the environmental impact of the recent Eagle Creek fire with vivid nature photography.

You can watch the full concert by clicking here. See below for a full performance timeline so you can skip to any piece in the concert of your choosing:

2:00 Introduction by Oregon Symphony President, Scott Showalter
18:30 Carin Miller Packwood (bassoon), on the concept of "Sounds of Home"
21:20 Nick Hardigg on history of Portland Audubon, and importance of community
28:45 Evan Kuhlmann, "Incity Meadowlark" (Western Meadowlark)
33:45 Matthew Packwood, "Wnderland Lullaby" (Hermit Thrush)
41:00 David Schiff, "Blues Birders" (Marbled Murrelet
46:00 Robert Kyr, "Birds of a Feather" 12 Oregon Birds-- can you name them?
58:18: Kevin Gorman, Executive Director of Friends of the Columbia Gorge, on the Eagle Creek Fire.
1:09:00 Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring, Part 1

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