Classical choral concerts come to Sellwood driveways
When motorists found a block of S.E. Bidwell Street in Sellwood barricaded, on Sunday afternoon, July 18, it wasn't due to any emergency situation or street party.
Instead, the street was closed for an outdoor concert by the "Bach Cantata Choir". The concert was billed as "Bach in the Bach-Yard", although the ensemble was actually staged in adjoining driveways. The audience brought chairs to set up in the street.
"This is one of a series of four outdoor concerts we're holding â€“ basically, because we like to sing music," said Bach Cantata Choir Artistic director Ralph Nelson as the musicians took their places, and the audience gathered.
"Various choir members talked about ways to perform in some brainstorming meetings we had," Nelson said. "We're so happy that we can get out, and finally DO something; we feel that doing it outdoors is safe, at the moment."
In addition to the vocalists, who come from all over the Portland area, this performance featured violinist Holly Stern, a Sellwood resident â€“ and keyboardist John Vergin, who lives near Reed College.
Twelve selections were performed during the concert. In addition to the music of Bach, there are also selections by Vivaldi, Handel, and others. You never know what you'll find going on in the streets of Inner Southeast Portland, unless you get out and look!
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