The American Voices concerts deliver new and familiar classical pieces by regional artists

Music lovers can dive into the beauty of Igor Stravinsky’s “A Soldier’s Tale” and other compositions at a special concert featuring local performers March 18 at 7:30 p.m. on the Marylhurst University campus.

Hosted by Marylhurst’s Department of Music, the evening centers around a performance of “A Soldier’s Tale” by an ensemble of Portland classical musicians, including three from the Oregon Symphony: Jeff Work, principal trumpet; Aaron LaVere, principal trombone; and Ron Blessinger, violin, who doubles as artistic director of Third Angle New Music Ensemble.

Led by Ken Selden, director of orchestral studies at Portland State University, the group will also perform Wynton Marsalis’ “A Fiddler’s Tale,” “A Composer’s Tale” by John Paul and works by four Marylhurst composition students.

Two other concerts are planned for the week featuring the works of composer Gwyneth Walker, who is serving as an artist in residence at Marylhurst.

A March 19 performance will include songs and chamber music by Walker and several other composers. On March 20, the Marylhurst Chorale, Marylhurst Choral Union and the choirs of Portland Community College’s Rock Creek campus will join forces to perform choral masterworks by Walker and new works by Marylhurst student and faculty composers. Both of those concerts also begin at 7:30 p.m.

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