Category Archives: Announcements

MMM BTHVN 2020 Postponed

The 9-15 March edition of BTHVN 2020 has been postponed due to Coronavirus concerns. We will be rescheduling later in the year. Please check back in the MMMonths ahead &/or subscribe to our News page for updates.

The Stephen Lewis piano recital & Oregon Symphony events may still be going forward. Please check in directly with them for more info:
     • Stephen Lewis  • Oregon Symphony

MMM Returns on Monday 9 – Sunday 15 March

MMM returns on Monday 9 – Sunday 15 March with a PDX style salute to Beethoven’s 250th birth year that is being celebrated worldwide as BTHVN 2020. 

In addition to numerous newly commissioned works, this year’s multi-genre festspiel includes music by Beethoven, Berio, Ives, Kahane, Mahler, Schnittke, Shaw, Tabakova, Ustvolskaya & Wagner.

Bob Priest

Club Mod LIVE

Tune in as host Robert McBride presents a special Club Mod LIVE this Saturday beginning at 8pm, inspired by the Oregon Symphony’s first performance of Messiaen’s Turangalila Symphony. Quintessential music by Olivier Messiaen, Debussy, Saariaho, Stockhausen and local composers for various combinations of flute, cello and piano. Performers include Amelia Lukas, Valdine Mishkin, and Monica Ohuchi with special guest Ronni Lacroute. This edition of Club Mod Live is part of Messiaen Mélange Musique. Click here for All Classical Program Highlights.

MMM Preview on KBOO, Monday, Nov. 28

Electric Marzena Land & MMMessiaen Mélange Musique preview airs Monday, November 28th from 8-10 pm on KBOO 90.7 FM [streaming at]

KBOOMarzena’s Bob Priest appears on A Different Nature to talk about his latest project — MMMessian Mélange Musique — a series of free concerts and radio broadcasts timed to coincide with the Oregon Symphony’s first ever performance of Olivier Messiaen’s “Turangalîla.” Tonight’s program will feature world premieres of electro-acoustic pieces derived from the music of Messiaen by Antonio Celaya, James Harley, Andrew Hosch, and Robert McBride, which were commissioned for the occasion. Also, excerpts from Messaien’s Cinq Rechants, Harawi, Turangalîla, and music by RP Collier, Stuart Dempster, Henryk Górecki, Maurcio Kagel, plus a special Stockhausen music box, and more.

This show will be archived for future listening. Find it here.

Wanna Dance?

Maria Choban: Wanna Dance?
Friday, December 2 @ 7:30pm
Community Music Center:  3350 SE Francis


Maria opens Friday’s program with one sadistic Tango by Igor Stravinsky, her own response to a misogynist dancer, and Antonio Celaya’s resounding Chongos Morongos!  If you’re late, you’ll miss it.

Olivier Messiaen’s 50-minute work, Harawi, for soprano (Hannah Penn) and piano (Jeff Payne) follows.

This show is not appropriate for youngsters with limited attention spans.

Don’t miss Bob Priest’s Messiaen Melange Musique: a 4-Day Festival feting the French composer, Olivier Messiaen.

Bob Priest on XRAY Radio TONIGHT

UPDATE: The archived show is available here.

Thanx to Robert Ham over @ XRAY Radio, MMM has a 2-hour festspiel preview tomorrow night. Here’s Robert’s announcement:

XRAY.FMOn this week’s Double Bummer, your host Robert Ham is joined by Bob Priest, the musician and composer, to discuss the upcoming MMMessiaen Fest or as it’s better known: Messiaen Melange Musique, a five-night celebration of the work of French composer Olivier Messiaen that kicks off on November 28th.

They will discuss Priest’s history studying composition with Messiaen and the many amazing events scheduled, as well as sampling some of the music that will be played at the MMM.

Tune in to XRAY starting at midnight PT: 91.1 or 107.1 FM in the Portland metro area, or around the world at

Bob Priest on Club Mod

Bob Priest joined host Robert McBride on July 30 to chat about Messiaen, Messiaen’s Illuminations of the Beyond, Bob’s MMMessiaen Fest coming up in December, and other topics.

You may view the program playlist here. To stream this Club Mod program, go to the All Classical Archive and click on Most Recent Episode. This program will be available through August 13.


MMM returns 1–5 December 2016 with MMMessiaen Fest: Messiaen Mélange de Musique

Complete details regarding the following basic schedule will be announced in September:

  • Thursday 1 Dec: “Ears Wide Open” – 7:30 pm @ Hipbone Studio
  • Friday 2 Dec: Messiaen’s “Harawi” – 7:30 pm @ Community Music Center
  • Saturday 3 Dec: Live Concert Broadcast from 8–10 pm on All-Classical FM’s “Club Mod”
  • Sunday 4 Dec: Free Marz String Trio – 7:30 pm @ Community Music Center
  • Monday 5 Dec: Messiaen’s “Turangalila-Symphonie” with the OSO – 7:30 pm @ The Schnitz

Looking forward to seeing y’all assez bientôt . . .

Bob Priest

MMM 2016 News Update

MMM returns in 2016 with “Full Frontal Five” on Friday 25 – Sunday 27 March 2016.

Our 5th sonically-saturated festspiel, FFF’s 5 concerts features music by 19 composers from 12 countries with bravura birthday fanfares for John Coltrane, Sofia Gubaidulina, Mauricio Kagel & Wynton Marsalis.

MMM V also commissions a new dance from Seattle Kogut Butoh, mounts an exhibition of Polish posters & offers catered receptions with food & drink from around the world.

So, mmmark your calendars now & come on back for our full program launch on 25 June.

Bob Priest

Oh, MMM continues to bring you Ear Trumpet: Portland New Music Calendar each month that you can read on our NEWS page.

MMM will return in 2016 with its first Biennale!

MMM will be taking 2015 off but will be baaack with a full-on gaggle in 2016. Yes, friends, stay ‘tooned for Biennale MMM: Friday 18 March – Sunday 27 March 2016.

So, please check back with our website ’round about a year from now when super exciting news will start to emmmerge . . .

Thanx for all your interest & support!


Bob Priest