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New Music Concert Celebrates Oregons 150th Anniversary

The 21st century ensemble Fear No Music presents "Home Grown: Fresh, Delectable Sounds by Oregon Composers." The free concert is Thursday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in Hudson Hall at Willamette University. It is sponsored by the New Music at Willamette series.

"This concert adds a fresh musical twist to the festivities associated with Oregon's 150th anniversary of statehood," said Sarah Tiedemann, concert administrator.

Part of a regional tour that includes performances in Portland, Eugene and Salem, the concert will feature world premieres of three works written for the occasion. Works by Oregon composers, including John Peel, Willamette University composer-in-residence, and new choreographies by Agnieszka Laska and Paul Drestrooper, will be featured.

Fear No Music provides "a refuge from conventional rules and a chance to listen with a fresh and youthful ear," said Willamette Week. The ensemble explores and performs the great music of the 20th and 21st centuries, with an emphasis on Oregon and Pacific Northwest composers.

Fear No Music members include InéVoglar, violin; Joel Belgique, percussion; Joel Bluestone, viola; and Mika Sunago, piano. Guest artists include the Agnieszka Laska Dancers and Gavin Larsen, a lead dancer with the Oregon Ballet Theater.

For more information call (503) 370-6255 or visit www.fearnomusic.org.

02-17-2009