Marylhurst music alumni Linda Woody ’13, Jan Mittelstaedt ’84, and Adam Young ’16 are featured in Crazy Jane in Technicolor, a Cascadia Composers event at PSU’s Lincoln Hall on Nov. 4, 2016.
This is “modern art music like you’ve never SEEN before,” the advertising says. The sixth annual Crazy Jane Composers’ concert features new chamber, vocal, electronic and dance music. Seven “Crazy Janes,” women composers from the Portland metro area, will present their dynamic musical visions under the lights.
The varied program promises modern dance, piano duets and songs, sultry tangueros, feverishly whispering musicians, an electrified harpsichord, stories from Rudyard Kipling, electro-acoustic sounds of the brain’s workings and a “dazzling” live visual display of musical waveforms.
Some of Portland’s best musicians will perform, including Dianne Davies, Maria Choban, Colleen Adent and Jeff Payne, piano; Jennifer Wright, amplified harpsichord; Tatiana Kolchanova and Erin Furbee, violin; Katherine Schultz, cello; Joel Bluestone, percussion; Alex Krebs, bandoneon; and Adam Young, baritone. Matt Burnett narrates. Dancers Dominic Bridge, Rebekah Mitchell, Melissa St. Clair and Jonalyn Salzano will also perform. The event is cosponsored by Elizabeth and Robert Dyson with additional support provided by Portland State University.
Jan Mittelstaedt has two works on the program for voice and piano, titled Hard Hats and Red Hats. President of Cascadia Composers, NACUSA, Jan is published by Schaum Publications, and Boston Music (Music Sales International). She was selected to participate in the 1993 Ernest Bloch Composers Symposium, was Oregon Music Teachers Association Composer of the Year in 1994, and has received many ASCAP Plus awards.
Linda Woody’s composition, How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin, is written for violin, cello, piano and percussion with narration. Linda enjoys writing for a variety of ensembles, including handbell choir, choral groups, piano trio, middle school band and mixed instrumental groups. Her works have been performed by members of the Oregon Chamber Players, Big Horn Brass, Delphinium String Quartet, Raphael Spiro String Quartet, Free Marz String Trio, Classical Beauties Piano Trio, Marylhurst Chorale, Lake Carillon and Vesper Bells handbell choirs, and by members of Third Angle and the Oregon and Vancouver Symphonies. Linda Woody is the artistic director for Going Boldly in Lake Oswego, a concert of modern chamber music presented each spring.
Tickets are $20, $10 for seniors/Cascadia Composers members, $5 students.