French Twist

French Twist

Pat & John Zagelow

Sat, Oct 22 • 6:00 pm
12 guests • $150

Executive Director Pat Zagelow takes to the kitchen to prepare a French country dinner. From salmon mousse to crème brûleé it’s français all the way — très délicieux! The pièce de résistance? Portland’s own composer and pianist Tomas Svoboda performing new works from his charming Children’s Treasure Box.

More about Tomas Svoboda
Born in Paris of Czech parents, December 6, 1939, Tomas Svoboda composed his first opus at age 9 and was admitted to the Prague Conservatory five years later as its youngest student. By 1962, after graduating from the Conservatory with degrees in percussion, composition and conducting, numerous performances and radio broadcasts of his music brought national recognition to Svoboda, clearly establishing him as Czechoslovakia’s most important young composer. In 1964, the Svoboda family departed Czechoslovakia and settled in the United States, where Svoboda enrolled at the University of Southern California in 1966, graduating two years later with honors. In 1981, first publication of his music brought forth a front cover tribute to Tomas Svoboda by the highly respected Piano Quartetly. In 1985, Svoboda was commissioned to write his Chorale in E-flat, for Piano Quintet, Op. 118 for Aaron Copland’s 85th birthday celebration in New York. In July 2003, the Oregon Symphony Orchestra released an “All-Svoboda” orchestral CD, containing “Overture of the Season”, “Symphony No. 1 (of Nature)” and “Marimba Concerto”, which was named in a Grammy Award nomination: “Best Instrumental Soloist With Orchestra”; Niel DePonte, marimba; James DePreist, conductor. To date, 21 CDs have been released with 43 works by Svoboda on them. Over 1,300 known performances of his music have taken place throughout the world, including 450 symphonic performances, with such major orchestras as the Boston, Philadelphia, Cleveland, San Francisco, Monte-Carlo, Prague, Nagoya, and national symphonies of Guatemala and Costa Rica. Svoboda’s catalog of over two hundred works includes six symphonies, two cantatas, two piano concertos and a violin concerto. His numerous awards include a 1992 Oregon Governor’s Award for the Arts.

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