Once Upon a Time

One night only: Tuesday, August 31 • 7:00 PM

Concert Two of the Two-Concert Summer Concert Series 2021

NEW VENUE: The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts


The Rooster and the Fox: Sextet for Bassoon, Piano, String Quartet & Narrator
Colin Pip Dixon

Piano Quintet No. 2 in E-flat Minor, Op. 26
Ernst von Dohnanyi

Artwork by Liesl Benda


Nathalie Fortin, piano

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Nathalie was born in Montreal, Canada. She holds degrees from the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, Eastman School of Music, and University of Southern California. Locally, she has performed with the Oregon Bach Festival, Eugene Opera, Ballet Fantastique, Chamber Music Amici, has co-produced Covid-era outdoor concerts with soprano Laura Wayte, and regularly collaborates with artist Siri Vik at the Shedd Institute for the Arts. She currently does collaborative work at the University of Oregon’s School of Music and Dance, Cascadia Chamber Opera, Thurston High School music theater department, Pegasus Playhouse, The Eugene Gleemen, and Eugene Vocal Arts.  

MacIntyre Dixon, narrator

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MacIntyre has performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in regional theatres all over the country, and in films and television. He most recently completed filming a role in Alice Wu’s Netflix film The Half of It (future release). Before that he performed for eight years in legendary musical, The Fantasticks in New York. Some of his Broadway performances were in Cyrano de Bergerac (with Kevin Kline, also PBS Great Performances), The Tempest (with Patrick Stewart), The Crucible (with Liam Neeson), Gypsy (Bernadette Peters), The Threepenny Opera (with Sting), Beauty And The Beast, 1776, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, and the National Tour of Guys and Dolls.

Arnaud Ghillebaert, viola

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Arnaud has played under the baton of great conductors such as Sir Colin Davis and Herbert Blomstedt and in the following orchestras: The London Symphony Orchestra, The Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields, the Bournemouth Symphony, Scottish Opera, Opera North, touring all over Europe. A current member of the New Haven Symphony, he is also an avid chamber musician. He is a founding member of the Elsewhere Ensemble, a chamber group mixing music and spoken word/theater. He just recently completed his Doctorate in viola and violin performance at Stony Brook University.

Hal Grossman, violin

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Hal has been enthusiastically acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for his “vibrant tone” and “superb technique”. Grand Award Winner of the Lima Young Artist Competition and Silver Medalist of the International Stulberg String Competition, Mr. Grossman also received First Prize Awards at the prestigious International Cleveland Quartet Competition and the National Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. His New York Debut at Carnegie Hall received exceptional reviews from the New York Times. He was invited to perform for their Royal Highnesses, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, in a CBC television and radio broadcast. Recital appearances have taken him throughout North America and Europe. In the United States he has also been heard on National Public Radio, WQXI-New York, and WFMT-Chicago.

Steve Vacchi, bassoon

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Steve is professor of bassoon at the University of Oregon, where he also coordinates the chamber music program. He holds degrees in performance from the Eastman School of Music (B.M. with high distinction/Performer’s Certificate), The Hartt School (M.M.), and Louisiana State University (D.M.A.), where he held a Board of Regents Fellowship. He also studied at the Yale School of Music. Vacchi’s recording credits include 26 releases spanning solo, chamber, and orchestral repertoire from J.S. Bach to the present. He has performed in 25 countries and in nearly 500 recently composed works, including more than 150 premieres. A member of the Oregon and Arcturus Wind Quintets, Vacchi has performed on historical bassoons with the Portland Baroque Orchestra, Oregon Bach Festival, and Vancouver’s Pacific Baroque Orchestra.

Core Musicians Playing This Concert

Steven Pologe, cello

Steven Pologe, cello

Sharon Schuman, violin

Sharon Schuman, violin

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