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Oregon ArtsWatchThe former March Music Moderne has moved, for the nonce, to December, to coincide with the Oregon Symphony’s performances of the biggest music of one of its patron saints: Olivier Messiaen’s massive Turangalila symphony.  The December 2 concert includes a song cycle setting the composer’s own surrealist poems and more, while December 4’s show features string trios by Messiaen, Debussy, Gorecki and other composers, including MMMpresario and Portland composer Bob Priest.

—Brett Campbell, Oregon ArtsWatch (read the full article)

Oregon Symphony plays to the ears and eyes with ‘SoundSight’ series

The Oregonian“Turangalila” is part of a trilogy Olivier Messiaen composed about love. One of the other components, the song cycle “Harawi,” is featured in a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at Community Music Center, 3350 S.E. Francis St., as part of Messiaen Melange Musique, a festival of concerts and radio broadcasts perpetrated by Portland composer Bob Priest, one of Messiaen’s last students. Another free Messiaen-themed concert is at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Community Music Center.

—Brett Campbell, The Oregonian (read the full article)

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.

MusicWatch Weekly: The Art of Song

Bob PriestOregon ArtsWatchThe former March Music Moderne has moved, for the nonce, to December, to coincide with the Oregon Symphony’s performances of the biggest music of one of its patron saints: Olivier Messiaen’s massive Turangalila symphony.

—Brett Campbell, Oregon ArtsWatch (read the full article)

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

Ear Trumpet, Sept – Dec 2016

Portland New Music Calendar for September – December 2016


Opera Theater Oregon
Two Yosemites
Justin Ralls

Patrick McCulley
Music for Saxophone

Portland Columbia Symphony
A Night at the Movies
John Williams

Huun Huur Tu
New & Old Tuvan Music
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