- The Oregon Renaissance Band will present “An Early Celtic Summer Solstice Concert” on Sunday, June 12th, 2022 at 7:30pm. Location: St. David of Wales Episcopal Church, 2800 SE Harrison in Portland. 12 musicians on a wide variety of instruments including violin, viols, bagpipes, recorders, sackbutts, shawm, racketts, spinettino, cittern, voices and percussion playing music by Thomas Connellan, Turlough O’Carolan, John Playford and others. Included also are special tributes to Michael Praetorius and Josquin des Prez to commemorate their passing in 1621 and 1521 respectively. World premier of the world’s largest renaissance rackett. Special guest: Laura Zaerr, celtic harp. Advance tickets at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/5459813
- Advanced Consort Class Summer 2022 term (for advanced and upper intermediate players): The new 10 week term begins Wednesday June 15th at 7:00pm PDT and Saturday June 18th at 10:00am PDT on Zoom. Cost: $100*. [We will skip the week of July 20 and 23.] The 90 minute sessions include playing a melange of renaissance, baroque, medieval and modern music with the ORB Trio in real time with performance advice, historical information and lively banter. Come join the fun! To register go to the Join and Donate page and make a $100 donation and write”Consort Class” in the ‘special instructions to seller’, or if that window doesn’t appear write to us at email@example.com and let us know you’d like to take the class. See Consort Class Online for details.
- Intermediate Consort Class Summer 2022 term: The 10 week term begins Tuesday June 14th at 7:00pm PDT and Saturday June 18th at 1:00pm PDT on Zoom. Cost: $100*. [We will skip the week of July 19 and 23.] The 90 minute sessions include playing a melange of intermediate level renaissance, baroque, medieval and modern music with the ORB Trio in real time with performance advice, historical information and lively banter. Technique and interpretation advice and finger exercises will be geared towards players of intermediate ability, with a bit more repetition and somewhat fewer pieces than the advanced consort class. Come join the fun! To register go to the Join and Donate page and make a $100 donation and write “Intermediate Consort Class” in the ‘special instructions to seller’, or if that window doesn’t appear write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know you’d like to take the class. See Consort Class Online for details.
* If you take both Advanced and Intermediate classes you get a $20 discount on the second class (the total would be $180 for both.)
- Live Summer Early Music Classes through the Community Music Center 2022. The 8 week term starts Thursday July 7th and will meet in Kenilworth Park in Portland at 5:45pm. Instructors: Gayle and Phil Neuman. The music will be a choice selection of Renaissance, Baroque, and more for recorders, strings, and some pieces will be suitable for early reeds and brass. The repertoire will be different from that of the online Consort Classes. Call the Community Music Center for registration at (503) 823-3177. Contact email@example.com for details about the music.
- The Switzerland Workshop 2022 has regretfully been canceled due to covid concerns and restricted travel issues. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
ORB goes Hollywood!
Gayle and Phil Neuman recorded music on ancient instruments including kithara and kroupezon for the Paramount/MGM movie “Ben-Hur.” Stream it, check out the credits, and look for the original soundtrack CD.
Members of the Oregon Renaissance Band (Daphne Clifton, Lori Fitch, Gayle and Phil Neuman) appear as themselves in the movie “Buddymoon” directed by Alex Simmons, starring David Giuntolli (A Million Little Things, Grimm) and Flula Borg. The group appears somewhat unexpectedly in the ‘wilds’ of Mt. Hood playing two pieces by Anthony Holborne on recorders. The film, which also stars Claire Coffee, Jeanne Syquia, and Brian T. Finney, is distributed by Orion, and is available on Itunes and elsewhere.
The Neumans’ ancient Greek music can be heard on “Music and Emotion through Time”, a TED Talk by Michael Tilson Thomas.