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A popular local concert ensemble chooses Inner Southeast to end its music season

DAVID F. ASHTON - Flutist Lynda Hess was featured during Une Flûte Invisible by Camille Saint-Saëns.After a season of touring concerts that brought music to many parts of the Portland metropolitan area – and as far west as Astoria – the nonprofit Portland Chamber Music (PCM) group ended its annual tour in the Woodstock neighborhood, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, on the evening of May 12.

Six musicians were performing that evening, along with a "storyteller" who gave information and told stories about the music.

"We believe part of 'accessibility' is letting people know about the composer, and what was going on with the composer at the time it was written – it adds depth to pieces of music we perform," explained PCM Executive Artistic Director Anya Kalina, as the ensemble warmed up for the 7 p.m. concert.

Many arrived for the concert by car, but several came on foot – and one concert-goer rode in on his skateboard.

"Our main goal is making music accessible to everyone, regardless of level of income, level of knowledge about classical music, or how far a person may live from typical concert destinations," Kalina told THE BEE.

The concert consisted of thirteen musical selections, mostly by classical composers; the pieces featured solos by many of the musicians.

The music drew generous applause, clearly fulfilling PCM's creed: "Making music accessible to all people through performance and instruction."

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