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Welcome to the club, CMNW;). For the record, Classical Revolution PDX (www.classicalrevolutionpdx.org) has been bringing Mozart & more to the masses with regular gigs at places like the Someday Lounge & Castello's Travel Cafe for the last couple of years. A spin off from the original Classical Revolution San Francisco, founding violist Mattie Kaiser has infused the Portland classical music scene with a sweet funky vibe where you can have a martini with your Mozart, or a beer with your Bach. (Tho Castello's is all ages too by the way, so families can come hear us there). Heck, I even played a Telemann recorder Sonata with a harpsichord accompanist at the Holocene of all places a couple years ago at our Baroque Bash. (Harpsichords and the Holocene don't usually go together;). Yet, you can often hear a pin drop as audiences naturally quiet down to appreciate the often superb muisc being presented even in such relaxed settings.
I'm so grateful to Mattie as she has provided an outlet for both upcoming classical musicians and audiences alike that is way more accessible than anything else going. Only a handful of elite performers can get into any of the paid groups in town - the rest of us aren't exactly chopped liver and would love to get to play the chamber repertoire, and this group provides that outlet. And audiences of all ages can enjoy it for nearly free (we usually ask just $3-5 donation). I hope to see CMNW do more like this to keep classical music alive and accessible to wider audiences.
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