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Mixing it up in Neskowin

Mousai Remix brings a fresh sound to the Neskowin Chamber Music series

Published on November 18, 2014 1:42PM

The Neskowin Chamber Music series has a long history of attracting established, internationally recognized groups to play in the tiny chapel at Camp Winema.

But on Sunday, Nov. 23, the chapel will play host to Mousai Remix, which, at just three years old, is the youngest-ever ensemble to attend the series.

Founded in 2011, the Portland-based string quartet got its name from the ancient Greek Mousai, the muses that inspire the arts and sciences.

The quartet — all members of the Oregon Symphony — got their start after receiving wide acclaim for their performance at a Friends of the Oregon Symphony fundraising concert.

Striving to provide audiences with a personal connection to symphony musicians, Mousai Remix performs in nontraditional venues that lend themselves to casual listening while still allowing powerful connection to the music.

On violin, Emily Cole holds an M.A. in music from the University of North Texas and has performed all over that state as well as with the Seattle Symphony. She has held concertmaster and principal positions at the 2005 and 2007 National Orchestra Institute and the 2006 International Festival Institute at Round Top.

Fellow violinist Shin-young Kwon has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, and a doctorate in music from Indiana University. She has performed in Saratoga, Tanglewood and Taos and with the New York String Seminar Orchestra, the Aspen Music Festival and the Music Academy of the West orchestra.

Jennifer Arnold, on viola, is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and has been featured as a member of the Harvey Rosencrantz Orchestra on several albums with Pink Martini. As a student, she was appointed principal viola of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at Interlochen Arts Camp, Youth Orchestra of the Americas and the Kennedy Center/National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute.

Cellist Marilyn de Oliveira is a native of Brazil and has been assistant principal cellist with the Oregon Symphony since 2009. She has a bachelor’s in music from Indiana University and a master’s in music from Rice. She has performed at Tanglewood and Spoleto, among other venues. Some of her solo performances have been heard on NPR’s “Performance Today.”

The Nov. 23 concert will start at 3 pm in the chapel at Camp Winema, three miles north of Neskowin, just off Highway 101. Tickets are $25. For more information, call 503-965-6499 or go to www.neskowinchambermusic.org.

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