July 2008

The Old Church Recital Series presents David Rothman, pianist playing Frederic Chopin

The Old Church, Portland Oregon
1422 SW 11th Avenue, Portland 97201
Wednesday 30 July 2008, 12:00 Noon – FREE

Frederic Chopin Program

Piano Sonata no. 2 in B-Flat minor, Opus 35
(Funeral March)
Grave; Doppio movimento
Marche funebre: Lento
Finale: Presto

Two Nocturnes, Opus 27
No. 1: Larghetto
No. 2: Lento sostenuto

Two Waltzes, Opus 64
No. 1: Molto vivace
No. 3: Moderato

Mazurka, Opus 33, No. 2

David Rothman was born in Toronto, Canada in 1962. When he was ten years old he was awarded a piano scholarship, in open competition, to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School, Surrey, England. Members of the jury included Yehudi Menuhin and Nadia Boulanger. Among his teachers at the Menuhin School were Louis Kentner and Vlado Perlemuter. At age seventeen he won a piano scholarship to study at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he was a student of Mieczyslaw Horszowski and Seymour Lipkin. David Rothman presently lives in Portland, Oregon.

This recital is dedicated to the memory of Dr. George Saslow


from the Portland Tribune, July 15 2008

TriMet plans to move some of the pieces around once construction is completed

Renovation of the downtown Transit Mall prompts a parade of questions from many Portlanders: Which streets will be closed today? Who is paying for all of this? When will the downtown traffic nightmare end?

Others may wonder what’s happened to the 12 works of public art that lined the streets before the construction started. They include “Cat in Repose” by Kathleen McCollough, a favorite with children, and “Kvinneakt,” the nude sculpture made famous by a pre-Mayor Bud Clark in the widely circulated “Expose Yourself to Art” poster.

Mary Priester, TriMet’s public art manager, said the existing public art sculptures have been temporarily removed during construction, but will return when the work is completed next year.

“The artwork will be coming back to the area after some of the construction is finished,” Priester said.

But not necessarily to their original locations. Instead, some of the sculptures will be relocated at sites TriMet believes will provide the best public viewing.

Before they return, the art will be cleaned and refurbished. But just where the sculptures are currently being stored is a secret.

The removals were necessary because of the extensive work needed to run a new light-rail line along Southwest Fifth and Sixth avenues from Union Station to Portland State University. In some places, the sidewalks where certain works sat have been narrowed.

Security concerns kept Priester from revealing where the art was being stored, and the Regional Arts and Culture Council – the Portland-Multnomah County agency, which is responsible for the temporary storage – also was tightlipped about the location.

Kristin Calhoun, RACC’s public art manager, said the art would be on display again downtown in the fall.

“We’ve been through a pretty long process of deciding where the art will be returned,” she said. “A lot of it won’t be in the same location that it was removed from, but we are trying to find the best area where it will live for the next 30 years or so.”

New spots for art

New public art will also be introduced next spring, closer to the mall’s proposed completion of September 2009.

About $750,000 of the project’s funding has been allocated to the Mall art program, which will feature about 25 new pieces. The sculptures will be distributed among the north, central and south areas of the mall.

“We have a lot going on,” Priester said. “We have three separate programs relating to the different parts of the mall. The North Mall is more historic, the Central Mall sculptures will focus on the Northwest and the South Mall by Portland State University will have an emphasis on education and sustainability.”

One piece is already back. “Driver’s Seat” by Don Merkt was simply moved from the east side of Northwest Fifth Avenue at Irving Street to the west side.

There are two pieces that will not be returning to the transit mall area, however. “Tri-Met,” by Robert Maki, will be reinstalled at Standard Plaza on Southwest Fifth Avenue between Madison and Main streets, without its water feature.

And due to space constraints, the privately owned “Soaring Stones” by John Young that was on the west side of Pioneer Place will be returned to its owner.

We found a lonely former governor Victor Atiyeh (1979-1986) patiently waiting for a commuter flight at the Portland International Airport’s Governor Victor G. Atiyeh International Concourse.

Several barriers to viewing this artwork. It’s inside of concourse C, so only ticket buyers and airport employees can see the artwork; and there were no scheduled flights for that section of the concourse, so unless you’re wandering beyond your ticket counter the sculpture is easy to miss or overlook. Finally, it’s mundanity, it’s general ordinariness is disconcerting.

Full size bronze by Bill Bane, the sculpture was commissioned by his business partners and is adjoined by a small presentation of Atiyeh’s achievements.

EXTRA – Bill Bane – Vera Katz – unimpressive sculpture
EXTRA – Bill Bane – Upon Landing in Vancouver