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Classical music in Portland has been innovative for awhile. I'm the program annotator for the Oregon Symphony, and I used to do freelance PR for them as well. When I first started working with the symphony earlier this decade, they had a series called Chamber Music On Tap. Symphony musicians, many of whom also play in smaller ensembles such as Fear No Music, the Bassoon Brothers and other groups, would get together at Bridgeport Brewpub's upstairs room (this was before the pub was remodeled), and present chamber music there. It was a great series, well-attended and a lot of fun.
It's important to remember that a lot chamber music originated as salon music, meant to be performed in small and often private spaces, such as people's homes. Some of what we consider to be the finest masterworks of the chamber repertoire, like Schubert's "Trout" Quintet, were originally written and performed at a party in a Viennese home. Taking chamber music out of the rarified environment of the concert hall and returning it to less formal venues is entirely appropriate, and brings the music back to its origins.
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