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Some musical collaborations deserve to be immortalized. 45th Parallel is about to hit the studio to do just that!
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On April 9, 2011, a group of musicians from Portland and Seattle gave a memorable performance of the Beethoven Septet as part of a 45th Parallel concert. (Hear a clip at the end of our video.) Since then, it has been our dream to make a recording of this piece. We plan to couple it with the Dohnanyi Sextet, and release both pieces on a commercial recording. The funds will help cover the costs of recording, editing, piano and venue rental, production, and more. We would be honored to have your support in realizing this dream! The musicians (which include a coffee roaster, a carpenter and two Grammy nominees named Adam) are as follows:

Adam Neiman, piano (CCPA at Roosevelt University, Chicago)
Greg Ewer, violin (Oregon Symphony, Reed College and Lewis & Clark faculty)
Adam LaMotte, viola (Portland Baroque Orchestra, PSU and Pacific Univ. faculty)
Justin Kagan, cello/coffee roaster (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra/Badbeard's coffee)
Don Hermanns, bass (Oregon Symphony)
Sean Osborn, clarinet (youngest clarinetist in the history of the Metropolitan Opera)
Joseph Berger, horn/carpenter (Oregon Symphony, Reed College faculty)
Carin Miller Packwood, bassoon (Oregon Symphony)
Brendan Rawlins, videographer (Thanks Brendan!!!)

In 2009, Greg Ewer founded 45th Parallel, a Portland-area non-profit organization whose mission is to celebrate musicians of the Pacific Northwest. Creative programming and connection with our audience are central guiding principles in our work.

Here's what people are saying about 45th Parallel:

·"Joyous, exhilarating...a marvel of human expression."
- The Oregonian

·"If you believe in local culture and are activated by music, this is Prime Time."
- OPB Arts and Life

·"45th Parallel is a jewel in the crown of the Portland music scene."
- Monica Huggett, Artistic Director, Portland Baroque Orchestra

Risks and challenges

Most of the challenges involved with this recording project have already been anticipated and dealt with. The musicians are committed. The venue, piano and engineer are all booked and ready to go. I even have the contract from the record company right next to the computer as I type. The biggest challenge in making any chamber music recording is being ready, as a group, to deliver your absolute best playing on command. Everyone must be spot on with rhythm, intonation and phrasing, not to mention patient with anyone who might be struggling momentarily with a passage. We also have to find a way to access the same emotional intensity we would have in a live performance. Because it's such a challenge, we have an experienced musician in the recording booth to act as our producer: Vali Phillips, member of the Oregon Symphony and former Principal Second Violinist with the Minnesota Orchestra. He'll act as our backup set of ears. We're ready for it...bring it on!

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    A shout-out on our Facebook page as well as our eternal gratitude.

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    The above shout-out, plus a 45th Parallel sampler CD with fun music from our first four seasons.

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    All of the above, plus a copy of the finished CD autographed by 45th Parallel Artistic Director, Greg Ewer.

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    All of the above, plus an invitation to a rehearsal of the Beethoven Septet. The rehearsal will most likely take place towards the end of May or very beginning of June.

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    All of the above, plus a one-on-one coffee roasting lesson with Justin Kagan, owner of Portland's celebrated Badbeard's Microroastery, and cellist on this recording.

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    All of the above, plus an invitation to a celebratory dinner with all of the Portland musicians on this recording.

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    All of the above, plus a "house concert" (date TBD) performed at the Portland-area location of your choice by the 45th Parallel String Quartet, PLUS, the set of violin strings used in the recording of either the Beethoven or the Dohnanyi. These strings will be removed from Greg Ewer's violin after the recording of each piece, and creatively presented by a local artist. The first supporter at this level gets his/her choice of either Beethoven or Dohnanyi strings.

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