Tim & Ellen Heltzel

Thurs, Feb 23 • 7:30 PM
25 guests • $100

Stellar performances, engaging programs, fine appetizers and wines, and a stunning Southwest Portland home have made this event one of our most popular. This year, violinist Laura Ha*, baritone Kevin Walsh, and pianists Janet Coleman and John Strege present the best of Ralph Vaughan Williams including his popular The Lark Ascending and selections from Songs of Travel.

*Laura Ha replaces Adam LaMotte who was originally scheduled to perform for this event.

About Laura Ha

Violinist Laura Ha has performed with various ensembles and continues to collaborate with many of her colleagues overseas. Ms. Ha has performed as a soloist with several orchestras, such as the Pasadena POPS and the YMF Debut Orchestra. She has also given solo recitals in Canada and the Netherlands. She enjoys performing with her colleagues around the world as a member of the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra in Switzerland during the summers and regularly participates in tours with the ensemble throughout the year.

Ms. Ha joined the Oregon Symphony in January of 2015. She has studied with David Chan, Ronald Copes, Linda Rose, and Joel Smirnoff. She is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Juilliard School. Ms. Ha currently uses a violin made by Mario and Brenda Miralles on loan from the Maestro Foundation in Los Angeles, California.

About Janet Coleman

Janet ColemanJanet Coleman, a versatile and dynamic pianist, has been active in a wide variety of musical collaborations throughout the Northwest for over a decade.  Recent performances have included appearances with the Oregon Symphony, the Southwest Washington Symphony, Portland Opera, the Cascade Music Festival, Aaron Meyer, Third Angle New Music Ensemble and Fear No Music.  Janet received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Willamette University and her Masters in Music from the University of Oregon, where she was named Outstanding Chamber Musician. An accomplished recital pianist, Ms. Coleman has performed with hundreds of singers and instrumentalists and plays regularly for master classes with artists such as Marilyn Horne, Sherrill Milnes, Janos Starker and Joseph Silverstein. Her collaborations at national and international competitions have contributed to top awards at the MTNA National Convention, first place winners in several national concerto competitions, and the gold medal at the Stulburg International String Competition.  For several seasons, Ms. Coleman was coach/accompanist with the Linfield and Portland State University Opera Workshop programs, Eugene Opera, and Portland Opera’s Education and Outreach tours.  Summer activities have included performances at the Aspen Music Festival, Bel Canto Northwest, Portland Opera Performance Institute, the Astoria Music Festival and the Oregon Bach Festival.

About Kevin Walsh

American baritone Kevin Walsh is a multi-talented musician and performer, equally at home in the concert hall and the stage, and acclaimed for performances that are both intelligent and technically impeccable. He has appeared as soloist with PBO, PYP, Portland Symphonic Choir, ORS, Third Angle, Willamette University New Music Series, University of Portland, Symphonia Concertante, Abbey Bach Festival, the Music on the Mount Series, and in the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Music Series, as well as soloist in the Cathedral’s Treasury of Song recital series where he performed Barber’s “Dover Beach.” His credits also include the West Coast premier of Bernstein’s “Arias and Barcarolles” (duo piano version), the West Coast premier of Imant Raminish’s “The Nightingale” with the Portland Symphonic Girlchoir, and the Badkhen, the town clown in David Schiff’s “Gimple the Fool,” which Opera News reviewed as “perfectly realized by Kevin Walsh.”  He performed in Opera Theater Oregon’s productions as Mr Gobineau in “The Medium,” Sgt. O’Mara in “Werther”, and the Parson and the Badger in “The Cunning Little Vixen.” Mr. Walsh received his Master of Music from the University of Portland in 1985. He has recorded for Delos, Arkay, Naxos, PGM Recordings, OCP and GIA Publications and is Executive Producer of Recordings for Oregon Catholic Press.

About John Strege

John Strege was Director of Music at Trinity Cathedral for 36 years, retiring in May 2010. John guided the development of the Trinity music program into one of Portland’s greatest sources of civic pride and established himself as a pillar of the Portland musical community. A number of his performances as an organist, choral conductor and accompanist have been aired on Oregon Public Broadcasting, National Public Radio, and he has recorded for Delos International and PGM Recordings.

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