Archive for the ‘Performances’ Category

Melegari musicians perform in “From Oregon, With Love” concert to benefit Mercy Corps’ Japan Relief Fund

Monday, April 4th, 2011

On Sunday, March 27, 2011, over 150 artists from Portland, Oregon came together for a very special event, “From Oregon, With Love: A Benefit for Mercy Corps Japan Relief Fund.”  Melegari’s founder, Paloma Griffin, and manager, Kirsten Hisatomi Norvell had the tremendous honor of performing with local ensembles Fear No Music and Pink Martini.  The event raised over $250,000 for the people of Japan! We are so proud and thankful to be a part of this region’s great community of artists and musicians.

See Oregonian article here:



Paloma with Pink Martini's Thomas Lauderdale and Sho Dozono

Kirsten chills backstage with 3 Leg Torso's Mike Murphy and Oregon Ballet Theater Principal Dancer, Anne Muelle


Melegari performs for Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber’s 3rd Inauguration

Friday, January 28th, 2011

On January 10, 2011, the Melegari Chamber Players String Quartet had the honor of being performing for Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber’s 3rd Inauguration!  The event was held in the House Chambers of the State Capitol in Salem.  The quartet played as members of the House, Senate, former Governors, and finally, Governor Kitzhaber himself processed.  Also performing was the Youth Choir of Central Oregon, who sang beautifully.

We would like to extend a warm “thank you” to the whole Kitzhaber team, especially Barbara Allen, and Linda Magee at Chamber Music Northwest for thinking of us for this amazing event.  We were beyond excited to be there and witness history.  And we love that Governor Kitz wore jeans!

Look closely at the picture below to see the Governor being sworn in.

Northwest Neighborhood House benefit at the Duck Ridge Farms Estate

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Last week, after a long string of beautiful weddings, we were thrilled to perform at a garden party benefiting the Northwest Neighborhood House. The event was held at the stunning Duck Ridge Farms Estate, a sprawling 85-acre estate gardens in the West Hills of Portland.  The Estate is listed in the Smithsonian Institution’s Archive of American Gardens!  I have not seen anything quite like it in Portland.   Donors and guests experienced a lovely evening of delicious food prepared by Chef David Barber of  Hillsdale’s Three Square Grill.

Vancouver Symphony Concertmaster (and MCP Violinist and Librarian!) Eva Richey and I played violin duets for a couple of hours. Everyone was so nice!  All the NH employees (special thanks to Tia!) doted on us and made sure we were comfortable and well taken care of!   We were enchanted by the gardens, and by the lovely donors who came by to tell us stories of their own musical upbringing and experience.  We got to meet a lot of really amazing people, have great conversation, and sample some incredible local food and wine.

But the Star of the night was the ever-amazing Neighborhood House! Their broad array of programs help families succeed by reducing hunger and homelessness.  NH supports more than 12,000 low-income and other vulnerable children, families, and seniors through innovative programs, such as Headstart and Early Headstart, Senior Centers, Rental/Energy Assistance, Parenting Programs, Mentoring program: SUN Schools, CASASTART, and transitional housing assistance.

Carlton Cellars Wine Dinner

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

On a lovely summer evening, Ines and Paloma got to perform and attend a wine dinner in the middle of the vineyard at Carlton Cellars in the gorgeous Willamette Valley. The beautiful lights hanging from the trees were handmade by Lam, Kestrel at Hiih Handmade Lights in Portland. The event was organized by the amazing Leo and Anna Daedalus of Helsinqi.

Ines and Paloma, Carlton Cellars Wine Dinner

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