East meets west in ensemble performance

An Asian performance group that has traveled through the world giving concerts plays a free show at Linfield College on November 7 at 7:30 p.m.

The world music string ensemble presents “Red Chamber: Secrets of the Chinese Court, Passions of the West.”

Spanning a variety of musical genres, Red Chambers performs ancient Chinese court music blended with Balkan, gyspy, jazz and bluegrass.

Joining Red Chamber on stage as a guest is composer Randy Raine-Reusch. Like Red Chamber he has create new styles on a number of world instruments. Drawing inspiration from indigenous culture, their music in infused by Taoism and Zen.

Mei Han leads Red Chamber with her Chinese zheng. Han has developed new fingering techniques, new tunings, and new forms of expression on the ancient instrument.

Han, who grew up in communist China during the Cultural Revolution, was inspired to explore emotional expression in her music once she immigrated to Canada.

The ensemble also features the internationally renowned pipa (Chinese lute) player Guilian Liu, ruan (bass lute) virtuoso Zhimin Yu, and the award-winning mulit-instrumentalist Geling Jiang.

For more information contact the Linfield Department of Music at 503-883-2275.

Chamber orchestra gives classical concert

Story telling is not achieved only through words, but can be expressed in music as well. The University Chamber Orchestra at Willamette University presents its own story through the work of three famous composers during their fall concert on November 19 at 7:30 p.m. J.S. Bach’s “Air” from Orchestra Suite No. 3 in D major, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A major and Mahler’s “Kindertotenlieder” with faculty soloist mezzo-soprano Allison Swenson-Mitchell are performed under the direction of Hekun Wu. Mahler’s work is set to five of Friedrich Rückert’s poems about love, loss, and acceptance, while Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 was written during this “heroic” period inciting as sense of inspiration as instilled in the orchestra members by their mentors from the Oregon Symphony and the Portland Opera Orchestra.

The free concert is held in the Rogers Music Center in Hudson Hall.

Movie music brought to life Though soundtracks usually feature previously produced music, the scores are specifically composed for a film and often used to insight emotion such as suspense to enhance a scene. In clear movement beyond the traditional classical arrangements often played, both Salem POPS Orchestra and the Oregon Symphony Association offer a selection of popular movie music.

On November 7, the POPS feature violinist Yvonne Hsueh as they present “Pops Goes to the Movies.” A kick-off to their new season, the organization performs at the Historical Elsinore Theatre at 7:30 p.m.

Conductor Jeff Tyzik lead the Oregon Symphony Association in their November 30 concert entitled, “Music From the Movies!” Teaming with radio host Edmund Stone, the program includes music from Spiderman, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Harry Potter. Their performance is scheduled for 8 p.m. at Willamette University’s Smith Auditorium.

Tickets prices vary. For more information, go to www.orsymphony.org/salem and www.salempopsorchestra.org