photo of chamber music concert in J Christopher winery barrel cave

We are thrilled to once again host one of the three weekends of the annual Willamette Valley Chamber Music Festival!

On Saturday, August 14, the festival will present a live performance in the lively acoustics of the J. Christopher barrel room.

The theme for the 2021 Festival is A Season of New Growth. “We are emerging from difficult times,” says Festival co-artistic director Leo Eguchi. “But resilience and creativity have flourished through challenging times before. To explore this moment, we have programmed music that both reflects back and reaches forward. I imagine the grapevines in spring, reaching beyond the challenges of winter, and excited to grow.”

About the August 14 Performance

The performance at J. Christopher will feature a personal appearance by this year’s composer-in-residence, Osvaldo Golijov, a double GRAMMY winner and recipient of a MacArthur Genius grant. The program includes the world premiere of Golijov’s new string quintet, “Mentre la Pioggia,” which was inspired by Vivaldi’s Winter Concerto. Concluding will be his epic, klezmer-inspired quintet for clarinet and strings, “The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the the Blind,” featuring James Shields, principal clarinet of the Oregon Symphony.

Also on the program is “Movement for String Trio,” the touching final work by American composer Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, and the gloriously uplifting “Sunrise” Quartet (Op. 76, No. 4) by Franz Joseph Haydn.

Event Details

Concert Admission: $95 per person, which includes a tasting of three wines that have been specially selected to pair with the program.

A supplemental meet-the-composer Afterparty will follow the performance, on the our beautiful outdoor terrace, for $50 per person with a casual dinner of artisanal wood-fired pizza from Wooden Heart Food, premium pours of J. Christopher wines, and some of the best views of the valley at sunset.

“Dreams and Prayers” Pinot Noir

To commemorate this year’s festival, we are issuing a special, single-barrel bottling of 2018 Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir.

“Dreams and Prayers – Commemorative Edition” will be released for sale at the performance on August 14.

About the Willamette Valley Chamber Music Festival

A unique confluence of music and wine, the Willamette Valley Chamber Music Festival pairs a dynamic mix of classic and contemporary musical masterpieces with the extraordinary wines and stunning settings of wineries in Oregon’s premier wine-growing region.

Founded by violinist Sasha Callahan and cellist Leo Eguchi, professional musicians living in Boston who also happen to be serious wine lovers, the Festival was inspired in part by a visit to us at the J. Christopher winery. While tasting in our in-ground barrel room and adjoining caves, they were struck by the remarkable acoustics in the space.

In 2018, the Festival ensemble took advantage of our barrel room’s natural acoustics and recorded an album there. Titled “Her Own Wings,” the album features original compositions by 2020 composer-in-residence, Gabriela Lena Frank.

Learn more about the Festival here.