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Welcome To CHERRY BLOSSOM MUSICAL ARTS!
Cherry Blossom Musical Arts is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization located in Eugene Oregon. We are here on this planet to promote the creation and performance of new music in collaboration with a wide spectrum of performing artists.
We believe that the music sometimes called "classical" is alive and thriving in the 21st century and we believe it will thrive far into the future. Our mission is to give composers the chance to have their pieces performed, to give musicians the chance to play those pieces, and to give audiences a chance to hear them. We also believe that collaboration across artistic disciplines makes for really interesting shows. So whenever possible, Cherry Blossom Musical Arts is dedicated to creating shows that include artistic collaboration, especially between music and dance.
In 2012 we teamed up with the "Alt-Classical" music scene in Portland, OR. Portland is a vibrant place for new music, and the time was right for Cherry Blossom to head north to participate in Portland's March Music Moderne! Cherry Blossom's March Music Moderne concert emphasized our love of cross-pollination. The concert included an avante guard performance piece for solo trumpet by Robert Ericson, video by Agnieszka Laska to music by Jack Gabel, performances from Bodyvox Dance Company and Portland Festival Ballet to music by Paul Safar, and a the world premiere of "The Coast of Oregon" a theatrical storytelling song cycle by Derek Healey. The show met with a great review by Brett Campbell in Oregon Arts Watch which you can read on our press page.
2013 has been a year of reflection for Cherry Blossom Musical Arts, as this small group took a breather from large productions, in order to work on creating some new ideas. In this time of reflection however, things keep happening, and we are proud to announce that our Music Director, Paul Safar, has been honored with the Oregon Music Teacher's Association "Composer of the Year" award for 2013-2014, and the OMTA has commissioned a new work from him to be performed in the summer of 2014. In addition, one of our younger performers, Stella Verdouw, the daughter of Artistic Director Nancy Wood, has been accepted in to the Young Bachelor Program of the Dutch National Ballet Academy. Congrats to the both of them!