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Judith Cohen

Judith Cohen

by JEFF WINSLOW

Time was when an “obscure” classical concert was full of blips, bleeps and possibly even baloney – works written for an audience so specialized, they might not even deign to listen to classic modernists such as 12-tone music pioneer Arnold Schoenberg (who died in 1951) in their spare time, let alone travel to a concert to hear. If ten people showed up besides the composers and performers, the producer called it a success.

In contrast, the tiny audience that found its way to Portland Piano Company’s delightful tall-windowed small recital room last Friday afternoon was treated to a gem of a March Music Moderne concert by Seattle pianist Judith Cohen, refracting the early glimpse of spring just outside. The MAX train rumbled by a few times, but in the friendly ambience created by the music and the pianist, it almost seemed to belong.

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