It’s turned into quite the classical-themed week here at EXPDX. But I ain’t complaining.
Anyway…here’s a bit of news from out of the corners of the classical community: Classical Revolution PDX has just announced that Christopher Corbell will be taking over as executive director for the group, starting April 1st, with their previous exec. dir. Mattie Kaiser moving over to a full-time creative director role. An excellent decision that will likely give Kaiser more time and energy to devote to curating amazing shows for the group. The text of the CRPDX press release is pasted below.
Dan Rasay, chair of the board of Classical Revolution PDX announced today that the board has appointed Christopher Corbell to the position of executive director, effective April 1st. Mattie Kaiser founder and previous executive director is assuming position of artistic director.
In his announcement Rasay said: “We’re excited to have Christopher to build upon Mattie Kaiser’s hard work to get Classical Revolution PDX designated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Mattie will be assuming the role of artistic director and shifting her focus to help spread the Classical Revolution mission nation-wide.”
Corbell said, “Since I began working with Classical Revolution PDX over two years ago as a participating musician and active volunteer I’ve seen amazing things happen. Bringing chamber music to listeners outside the traditional classical fold, encouraging local performers and composers to engage and participate, and finding new, unexpected venues for this music are all aspects of a mission I believe in deeply. I am grateful for the opportunity to continue Mattie Kaiser’s work, and I look forward to developing this organization’s unique and essential place in the Portland arts community.”
Kaiser adds, “It’s been six years since I founded Classical Revolution PDX and am I full of pride at what it has become. What started as a craigslist ad and handful of friends is now a fully functional nonprofit organization that boasts the involvement of over 300 musicians and produces more than 30 performances a year. I am profoundly optimistic about our future and am happy to pass the role of Executive Director on to Christopher. As Artistic Director, I will actively funnel as many great ideas as I can to the organization to ensure that we’re always on the cutting edge of innovative chamber music programming.”
With the generous support of the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) Classical Revolution PDX is presenting The Composer Project 2013 in March. This week long workshop gives aspiring local composers the opportunity to learn from professional composers, artists and producers. The workshop culminates with a String Quartet Competition at the Community Music Center on Sunday March 10th @ 7pm.