Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year to all!

It looks like we are sold out at Gracie's tonight, but the musical celebration will continue into the weekend.  I will be at the Portland City Grill a little later this week (6 pm to 9 pm) to ring in the New Year.  Also check my calendar for Wednesdays in January and February at the PCG.

I hope 2015 is a great year for all of us.  Happy New Year!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Hear the Angels Sing video

Hear the Angels Sing by Gus Pappelis and sung by Portland's Holy Family Catholic Church Choir on Sunday, December 21st.  The octavo is published by Oregon Catholic Press (edition 11991).

Monday, December 22, 2014

Hear the Angels Sing at last night's concert

You can listen to Holy Family's wonderful choir perform my composition Hear the Angels Sing at their concert last night. I hope you enjoy the song.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Last of the Christmas concerts

Two concert nights left. Tonight at 5pm my Christ the King choir sings at our home parish, and then later at approx. 6:30, I will join the Holy Family choirs as they sing their concert theme song (and my composition) Hear the Angels Sing. Tomorrow, my choir will sing at the Grotto's Festival of Lights at 7pm

Friday, December 12, 2014

Holiday Favorites tonight

This close to Christmas, it is hard to resist playing all the seasonal favorites.  The music starts at 5pm at the Portland City Grill Yamaha Grand.  Come on up for Portland's finest happy hour and songs to complement our city's festive holiday spirit.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Friday is Gershwin Night at the Portland City Grill

This Friday, September 26, marks the birthday of George Gershwin.  To celebrate, I will be featuring his songs at the Portland City Grill Yamaha grand.  Bring some friends and your list of favorite songs and join the fun.  The music starts around 5 p.m.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

MelloMacs Go Gershwin

It's September, and the delightfully talented and musical MelloMacs are back! This mixed choir of Portland's Multnomah Athletic Club meets weekly to put together musical entertainments that are shared all over the Portland community. This season the group will feature a brand new show filled with Gershwin favorites. It's hard to go wrong with Gershwin; these are some of the best-loved songs of the American songbook.

Later this month, on Sept. 26th, we will all celebrate George Gershwin's birthday. A bright light of the Jazz Age and the golden days of Broadway in the Twenties, Gershwin's use of the Jazz idiom infused the American spirit into his compositions.  So many of his songs have become beloved standards in the American songbook; they are rediscovered and enjoyed by each generation of artists and audiences.  His larger works like Rhapsody in Blue, Concerto in F, and An American in Paris are a tribute to his orchestral abilities and innovations.  His biggest masterpiece may be his folk opera, Porgy and Bess.  So much great music from this American original.  I look forward to the MelloMacs and their new musical tribute to this American legend.  And I will enjoy playing many of his songs at the Portland City Grill, as I celebrate one of my greatest musical inspirations, George Gershwin.