I am pleased to announce that this coming Monday, March 18th, there will be a concert at St. Anne’s Chapel at Marylhurst University at 7:30pm consisting of Stravinsky’s famous “A Soldier’s Tale” and Marsalis’ “A Fiddler’s Tale.” Also on the program will be a work by Dr. John Paul, department chair of Marylhurst’s Music Department, and students Linda Woody, Brandon Stewart, and myself. Admission is free! Even if you cannot attend, it will also be broadcast on KBOO from 7-10pm, and you can listen at http://kboo.fm/listen.
On Wednesday, November 7th, 2012, Portland string quartet Classical Revolution PDX will be performing, among other works, Guthrie’s new work Alicia’s Question. The performance will take place at St. Anne’s Chapel at Marylhurst University, near Lake Oswego, OR, at 7pm. Admission is free.
Also worth noting is I should have samples of most of my compositions up on this site within the next couple weeks.
Asked to perform some background music for Holladay Park Plaza in NE Portland, OR on Wednesday August 15th, Ian Guthrie absolutely jazzed up their social hour. With classics such as the Rhapsody in Blue, The Entertainer, and Maple Leaf Rag thrilled the audience, while works by J. S. Bach, Beethoven, and Albeniz graced the scene for greater variety. Many commented Ian was “one of the best [Holiday Plaza] had” and complimented him for his outstanding ability to “bring the music alive.” You can have the very same experience in your own venue: whether it be a casual gathering or a party needing some background music with a little entertainment here and there, Ian Guthrie (not only a composer but also a great pianist) can suit your needs at competitively low prices!
Starting in September, Ian began playing the music for some of St. Matthew Lutheran Church’s services in Washougal. Recently, however, others have asked him to play at their services, such as Camas United Methodist Church, Zion Lutheran Church in Camas, and Tualatin Presbyterian Church in Oregon.
One of the biggest objectives today in America is to increase recycling and reduce pollution. Most of us discard our biodegradable substances back to the earth, and recycle our paper and similar materials in the recycling bin. But what about things we keep, like certain papers? What about napkins, which we use once and then discard? I will explain what I do to reuse and recycle in each of these two instances.
I try to use a single napkin for at least two meals every day. It makes no sense to wipe my face once and discard a perfectly good napkin, only to do the same thing over a thousand times annually. If I can use one napkin every day or so, that makes optimal use and eliminates so much waste.
I reuse paper by designating certain files and books for certain uses. For example, I need to write myself tons of temporary notes, so instead of writing each one on a new piece of paper, I reuse the 8.5”x11” until its entirely full before recycling it. If I have a musical idea, I track it in my music notebook, and use the notebook until it is full. As a composer who prefers to write first drafts on paper while also one who likes to “go green,” proper paper use is essential. It is rather easy to maximize our paper use, we just need to stay organized.
We can definitely increase our efficiency reusing and recycling paper, among other things. Blank paper and napkins are easy to waste, but can easily be reused. By being more efficient with paper products, we can easily make our earth greener.
On Saturday, August 6th, 2011, Ian Guthrie will perform at Gateway Community Church’s non-profit Parking Lot Party. He will perform movements II and III from his Piano Sonata no. 1 in G minor for his solo 15-minute set of music; He will also accompany singer Rachel Warren for her 15-minute set of music.
Hope to see you there!