Forbidden Music

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UPDATE! We regret to report that due to a family emergency with our guest artist, Jeffrey Zeigler, we have had to postpone Forbidden Music. The concert has been rescheduled for November, 2015. Exact date TBD.
The good news is that we will still have a concert on April 4. Check our Facebook page soon for more information.

-Composer-in-Residence Kenji Bunch examines music that was banned for political, religious or other cultural reasons. Special guest cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, formerly with the acclaimed Kronos Quartet, joins us for this exciting concert! Also, Bobak and Hossein Salehi will perform a short set of traditional Persian music.

On March 16 1949, Dmitri Shostakovich received a phone call from Joseph Stalin. If he was intimidated, he apparently hid it well, boldly bringing up the fact that performance of many of his works was forbidden at that time in the U.S.S.R. Stalin responded by asking, "How do you mean forbidden? Forbidden by whom?" Later that day, the ban on some of his works was officially lifted.

Shostakovich's Second Piano Trio, which remained a forbidden work until after Stalin's death, is the centerpiece of this program. The program also includes music of Austrian composer Fritz Kreisler, Henry Cowell, Czech composer Erwin Schulhoff and the world premier of Portland Composer Kenji Bunch's Hambone for Solo Cello. The premier will be performed by guest cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, formerly of the Kronos Quartet!

Hambone was the name for an African American plantation dance performed by slaves whose rhythm instruments were confiscated for fear that secret communications were hidden in the drumming. Hambone involved stomping and slapping the legs, arms and chest as drums.

Funding provided in part by Umpqua Bank and the Regional Arts and Culture Council.
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