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Music Bites: News flash, October 19

the 1905, Damien Geter, Carlos Kalmar.


the 1905 needs community support.

There’s lots happening in the musical world that affects P-town. Here’s the lowdown on what OAWers have heard this week.

  • The 1905 jazz club is on the brink of financial collapse. The club is the only jazz venue that is open seven nights a week. A gofundme page has been set up and over $62k has been pledged at this point. The fate of upcoming concerts scheduled at the 1905—including tonight’s shows featuring the Michael Raynor Quartet—remains unclear. Time will tell if jazz-lovers will be able to rescue the situation. Fingers crossed!
  • Portland-based composer Damien Geter has teamed up with lyricist Jerre Dye to create a new piece called The Path, which will be sung by the Soldiers’ Chorus of the U.S. Army Field Band and Seattle Opera Veterans Choir in two performances, at 4 and 7:30 p.m. November 3, at Seattle Opera’s Tagney Jones Hall. The Path is based on interviews conducted with members of Path with Art’s veterans cohort.
  • Carlos Kalmar, who left the Oregon Symphony to become the Orchestra Studies Director and Principal Conductor at the Cleveland Institute of Music, was accused of inappropriate conduct. He was cleared of those charges, but the students organized a sit-in, refusing to play at rehearsals. Consequently, Kalmar has taken a leave of absence through the end of the semester. In the meantime, Sameer Patel and Anthony Parnther are taking over the baton for CIM orchestra concerts.

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Photo Joe Cantrell

James Bash enjoys writing for The Oregonian, The Columbian, Classical Voice North America, Opera, and many other publications. He has also written articles for the Oregon Arts Commission and the Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd edition. He received a fellowship to the 2008 NEA Journalism Institute for Classical Music and Opera, and is a member of the Music Critics Association of North America.

One Response

  1. For current status of the 1905, please see their website. As 3:25 on 19 Oct, this is their latest email message to the community:

    Dear 1905 Community,

    First of all, I apologize for the confusion yesterday. Absolutely not intentional.
    Thanks to the generosity of our community, The 1905 will remain open. This means we can implement the changes that our team has been working on and we will all see a more sustainable model.
    To reiterate, we are open. All shows are happening!
    See you soon!

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