Dinner with Friends


Friends of Chamber Music has been presenting the world’s top chamber music ensembles — up close and personal — for the last 73 years.

Now, we invite you to dinner — up close and personal! Join us for delectable food, drink, music, and fun - and support Friends of Chamber Music at the same time. Sign up for 1, 2, or all 26 events!

2011-12 DINNER WITH FRIENDS BROCHURE

Rock the Boat

Stan & Nancy Bishoprick

Sat, Jul 14 • 2:00 pm
20 guests • $125

Before you jump on “Radiance”, a luxurious 72-foot sailboat, you’ll enjoy some jaunty piano music by Jim Walls in the Bishopricks’ gorgeous home set right on the Columbia River. Then hop on board for a 2-hour cruise complete with hearty appetizers and plenty of wine. Rock on!

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Rock ‘N Roll in Silverton

Rock ‘N Roll in Silverton

Suzanne Rague

Sat, Jul 7 • 2:30 pm
15 guests • $150

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Get up close and personal with Portland’s famed concert rock violinist Aaron Meyer in the rolling hills of Silverton! Start the afternoon with a visit to the lovely Oregon Garden. Then join Aaron at a nearby farmhouse for a virtuosic and passionate concert of his original music that bridges world, rock, and classical genres performed to an electrifying recorded accompaniment. Tuck into a buffet dinner on the patio while you enjoy a picturesque view of the Silverton hills.

Down the Garden Path

Down the Garden Path

Walt & Rosemary Ellis

Sun, Jun 24 • 3:00 pm
30 guests • $50

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

You won’t be led astray in this charming garden in the exclusive Garthwick neighborhood in Southeast Portland. Enjoy a glass of champagne and scrumptious nibbles while you marvel at the beautiful foliage at the peak of the season. Jazzy flute and keyboard music (not garden variety!) provided by Darren & Corrie Cook, Michael Liu, and Ed Sale.

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Spanish Indecision

Spanish Indecision

Betsy Cramer & Greg Kubicek

Sat, Jun 16 • 4:00 pm
20 guests • $75

At this stunning home on Skyline Boulevard you’ll have a tough time deciding whether to linger in the lush garden, take a tour of the expansive wine cellar, or sample a variety of tapas and delicious wines. But everyone will agree that the Portland Guitar Duo’s mesmerizing Spanish music is the perfect choice.

 

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Beethoven & a Bountiful Buffet

Beethoven & a Bountiful Buffet

George & Sarah Oh

Sun, May 20 • 5:00 pm
25 guests • $125

These are three Bs you won’t want to miss! The spotlight will be on cellist Jerry Bobbe and pianist Michael Liu in a performance featuring the dramatic and emotional Op. 102 sonatas of Beethoven. Adding to the drama is this spectacular home set in the rolling hills above Pumpkin Ridge and a bountiful buffet of Northwest fresh foods.

Mariachis & Margaritas ¡Ole!

Mariachis & Margaritas ¡Ole!

Julie Tripp

Sun, May 6 • 4:00 pm
20 guests • $75

Put on your high-heeled zapatos and come to la casa de Julie to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a mariachi band, authentic corn husk tamales and — ¡Ole! — margaritas. No siestas at this fiesta!  This home is located in Northeast Portland.

A Family Affair

A Family Affair

Betty Cramer Perkins

Sun, Apr 29 • 5:00 pm
10 guests • $100

You’ll feel like part of the family the minute you step through the door as Betty welcomes you to one of her lovingly prepared home-cooked dinners in her Terwilliger Plaza apartment in The Heights. As longtime FOCM Board president, Betty tirelessly advocated for piano trios, so it should be no surprise that her dinner will include a special music program by The Lohr Trio.

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It’s Greek to Me

It’s Greek to Me

Paul Dittman

Sat, Apr 28 • 6:00 pm
12 guests • $150

As Socrates said, “True pleasure follows fine food, friends and music.” (If he didn’t say it, he should have!) Demetra Ariston brings her culinary talents to prepare an exceptional authentic Greek meal for you in this wonderful home in Northwest Portland while Maria Choban performs some hidden treasures of Greek piano music.

Sweets & Suites

Sweets & Suites

David & Nadja Lilly

Sun, Apr 15 • 3:00 pm
25 guests • $75

Spend a “non-taxing” afternoon with cellist Dale Tolliver who will serve suite selections from Bach and Muczynski. And since we’ve declared a calorie exemption day, enjoy the mouthwatering desserts from Nadja Lilly, former owner of the Chocolate Raspberry Bakery, in the Lillys’ charming West Hills home. Tax day has never been so sweet!

Shamrock Shindig

Shamrock Shindig

Joan & Frank McNamara

Sun, Mar 18 • 3:00 pm
25 guests • $75

Did you miss our St. Paddy’s Party last year? The luck of the Irish is still with you because you have another chance! Enjoy lively music by the Irish band Kinvara in the McNamaras’ cozy Northeast Portland home before we gather round the piano for a sing-along. An assorted array of traditional Irish food and drink will make you think you found the end of the rainbow.

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Coffee Cantata

Coffee Cantata

Bonnie & Lee Garrett

Sun, Mar 11 • 3:00 pm
20 guests • $75

Coffee was the new fad in the 1700s, but what an unlikely inspiration for a cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach! Lighthearted, and as close as Bach comes to comic opera, the “Coffee Cantata” will be performed by some of the region’s finest singers and period instrumentalists in this delightful Southwest Portland home. To add to your coffee edification, hear a presentation by coffee roaster (and cellist) Justin Kagan, and sample a variety of delicious coffees served with Viennese pastries.

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Feast at King’s Hill

Feast at King’s Hill

Robert Trotman & Bill Hetzelson

Sat, Mar 10 • 6:00 pm
12 guests • $150

You’ll be treated like royalty with a superb meal in this gorgeous art-filled home in the historic King’s Hill neighborhood. And a command performance by baritone Kevin Walsh and pianist John Strege will definitely be worth a king’s ransom.

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A Marvelous Party

A Marvelous Party

Pat & John Zagelow

Sun, Mar 4 • 3:00 pm
20 guests • $75

Noël Coward and Kurt Weill produced some of the finest songs from the first half of the twentieth century. Join us for a dazzling afternoon of ravishing melody and witty repartee with four of Portland’s leading music theater talents along with Liz Byrd, cellist, and Bill Wells, pianist. Nosh on fabulous appetizers, sip Oregon wines, and be prepared for a performance of Coward’s iconic “I Went to a Marvelous Party” to bring the house down.

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Seventh Heaven

Seventh Heaven

John Strege & Friends

Sat, Feb 25 • 4:00 pm
30 guests • $50

You’ll be on your way to Cloud Nine with the music program that John Strege has put together for this concert at the charming Portland Heights Ascension Chapel featuring organist and Trinity Cathedral Music Director Michael Kleinschmidt and a heavenly vocal quartet. Scrumptious food and drink will complete the blissful journey.

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