- Alphorn Performances by Gayle and Phil Neuman:
– Sunday, Sept. 24th, 2023 at 12noon at McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale, Oregon.
– Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 28-Oct. 1, 2023 at Oregon’s Alpenfest in Joseph, Oregon. We’ll be on the top of Mt. Howard on Saturday! See https://oregonalpenfest.com/
- Live Fall 2023 Early Music Ensemble Classes through the Community Music Center. The 9 week term starts on Thursday October 5th and will meet in the auditorium and in Room 5 at the Community Music Center in Portland at [start time TBA.] Instructors: Gayle and Phil Neuman. Intermediate and Advanced Ensembles will now meet separately, and the music will be a choice selection of Renaissance, Baroque, and more for recorders and strings, and some pieces will be suitable for early reeds and brass. The repertoire will be different from that of the online Consort Classes. To register, call the Community Music Center at (503) 823-3177. Contact [email protected] for details about the class and music.
- Advanced Consort Class Online Fall 2023 term (for advanced and upper intermediate players): The 10 week term begins Wednesday October 4th at 7:00pm PDT and Saturday October 7th at 10:00am PDT on Zoom. Cost: $100*. The 90 minute sessions include playing a mélange 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 and pay, go to the Consort Class Online page and click on the appropriate link. See Consort Class Online for details.
- Intermediate Consort Class Online Fall 2023 term: The 10 week term begins Tuesday October 3rd at 7:00pm PDT and Saturday October 7th at 1:00pm PDT on Zoom. Cost: $100*. The 90 minute sessions include playing a mélange 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 and pay, go to the Consort Class Online page and click on the appropriate link. See Consort Class Online for details.
* If you take both Advanced and Intermediate online classes you get a $20 discount on the second class (the total would be $180 for both.)
- The Fireside Social Orchestra will perform Christmas Music of Yesteryear: Saturday Dec. 2nd at 7:30pm at the Community Music Center, 3350 SE Francis St., Portland, OR. An old-fashioned Christmas celebration with music of the 1800s. Voices, violin, tenor viola, cello, flute, recorders, cornet, alto horn, ballad horn, tenor horn, tuba, reed contrabass. Also in Clatskanie, OR Sunday, Dec. 4th at 3:00pm. Details tba.
First Folio Project – “Most eloquent music” A concert of Shakespearean songs and instrumental pieces by the Oregon Renaissance Band Quintet: two performances, Wednesday, March 27, 2024 at 12:00 p.m. and Thursday, March 28, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. at Lincoln Recital Hall, Portland State University. The performance will consist of a selection of songs from Shakespearean plays performed by a five-piece ensemble on original instruments, including viola da braccio, violas da gamba, recorders, and various period double reed instruments. For more information about the First Folio project see First Folio
This production is presented in partnership with Shakespeare’s First Folio: 1623–2023, a public humanities project at Portland State University commemorating Shakespeare’s legacy.
ORB goes Hollywood!
Gayle and Phil Neuman recorded music on ancient instruments including voice, kithara, kroupezon, and even tartold for the Paramount/MGM movie “Ben-Hur.” 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.