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MUSIC MATINEE PRESENTS CONCERT IN HONOR OF SCHUBERT'S BIRTH

Music Matinee series presents "The Intimate Schubert." On Sunday, November 2 at 3 p.m. in Vollum, a selection of Franz Schubert's chamber music and songs will be performed in honor of the 200th anniversary of the composer's birth. Selections will include the sonatas in A major and A minor, as well as songs such as "Rastlose Liebe" and "An Silvia." The program features members of our music department: Barbara Irvin, mezzo-soprano; John Vergin, baritone; Lori Presthus, cello; Bill Hunt, violin; and Bonnie Garrett, piano.

"The Intimate Schubert" is free and open to the public. For more information call the events hotline at 777-7755.

An active performer in the Pacific Northwest, Barbara Irvin has been a featured soloist with Portland Opera, Portland Symphonic Choir, Choral Arts Ensemble, Coos Bay Sinfonietta, and with the Portland Youth Philharmonic. She has been featured on the Festival of Song series at University of Portland. At Reed College, where she teaches voice, she has been a featured soloist with the Reed chorus, the Schubertiad following the illustrated lecture "Franz Schubert's Vienna: City of Dreams and Nightmares," and for the past three years, the Classic Greek Theater plays at the Reed amphitheatre. In addition to her recital and classical work, Irvin has extensive credits in musical theater, including award-winning performances in Sweeney Todd and the Threepenny Opera.

John Vergin '75, longtime Portlander and Reed alumnus, is a multifaceted member of Portland's music and theater scenes. His singing career encompasses sacred music (both solo and choral), innovative solo recital performances, oratorio work, and theatrical roles, especially the comic characters in Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. He has appeared as soloist with Cappella Romana, Choral Arts Ensemble, Cantores in Ecclesia, and Choral CrossTies. As instrumentalist, Vergin has accompanied numerous local singers, has been organist for church and synagogue, and plays harpsichord and folk harp. As composer, he has written works for keyboard, over 30 songs in the art song tradition, and numerous choral works. He has composed scores for Portland's Classic Greek Theater, to critical acclaim. Vergin teaches voice at Reed.

Violinist Bill Hunt is active in the Northwest as teacher, conductor, and performer. He holds music degrees from the University of Oregon and North Texas State University and has studied baroque violin in London with Michaela Comberti and Simon Standage. A member of the Portland Baroque Orchestra for 10 years, he is also a founding member of the Artemis Trio and associate conductor of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony of Portland. In the summer of 1998 he will participate in his third concert tour of Austria with the baroque ensemble Allora. He teaches violin at Reed and maintains a music studio in his Portland home.

Lori Presthus, cellist, has performed and recorded with numerous chamber ensembles in the Northwest. She has played with Portland Opera and a number of local ensembles. A cellist with the Portland Baroque Orchestra, she has performed at the Water Music Festival in Long Beach, Washington, and the Abbey Bach Festival at Mt. Angel, as well as the Bach in High Places series at Reed College. A member of the ensemble Allora, she has concertized in Austria, where she has also recorded several CDs of baroque music. Her cello studies have been with Gabor Reijto and Robert Hladky. Lori teaches cello in her West Linn studio and at Reed College.

Bonnie Garrett has been active as pianist, harpsichordist, and fortepianist throughout the Northwest, Ohio, and Colorado. A co-founder of Portland Pro Musica, known for its Saturday Baroque Series in the 1980s, she has produced the series "Papa Haydn and Friends" and "Vienna circa 1830." Chosen to participate as fortepianist in the 1993 Aston Magna Academy "Schubert's World: Viennese Culture in the Reign of Francis I," she has also toured with the acclaimed Dutch baritone Max van Egmond and has performed on the Liederabend series at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. As fortepianist and harpsichordist, she has appeared with Portland Baroque Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, Oregon Repertory Singers, and at numerous colleges and music festivals in Oregon and Washington, including the Governor's Artist Series in Olympia and the Water Music Festival, Long Beach Peninsula. Garrett teaches piano and harpsichord and directs the private instruction program at Reed.

The Music Matinee series was founded in 1971 by Ottomar Rudolf, Reed professor of German and humanities, who serves as the program's director. The concerts have been made possible in part by the contributions of the Reed College Music Associates. Those interested in joining the organization and supporting its goals are encouraged to call 777-7573.