AROUND THE WORLD IN CHAMBER MUSIC
45th Parallel is named for the halfway line between the equator and the North Pole that passes through Oregon, France, and China—and like that famed latitude line, these chamber presenters embrace a whole world’s worth of music!
Jazz, folk, gospel, swing, bluegrass, Irish, and Persian are all styles that this broad-minded company has given a fair shake in their quest for the “magically eclectic.” When 45th Parallel pulls together a program, they often start by picking a classical chamber piece, and then round it out with some unexpected genre that’s surprisingly complementary. Often, the works they choose are aligned under a broad theme. Forbidden Music, for instance, featured works that had been banned by their respective church or state.
This year, 45th Parallel will present two world premieres by local composers including a newly commissioned piece by their Composer- in-Residence, Kenji Bunch, and they’ll go baroque with some period instruments. After all, it’s a big world—and there are always more styles, ideas, and sounds to explore.
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