On another early spring evening almost a year ago, a small group of us gathered in the living room of a home high in the westernmost reaches of Northwest Portland to hear Third Angle New Music Ensemble, Portland's contemporary chamber music ensemble, delve into Terry Riley's minimalist masterpiece "In C. This is not what most listeners expect when they hear the words "chamber ensemble," and that's the point. For chamber musicians, interpreting Sender's and Applebaum's works, just as improvising within Riley's "In C," was not unlike launching themselves off the high dive. And it's this kind of risk taking and sense of fun that has made Third Angle the compelling ensemble they are. In the intervening year, Third Angle has taken "In C" halfway across the world. In Beijing, "In C" became even more of an adventure for Third Angle as eight of their number played the piece with 10 Chinese musicians playing instruments including a hammer dulcimer or yangquin, a two-string violin called the urhu, and the zheng, a zither. The program was rounded out with works by Chen Yi and Oregon-based composers David Schiff and Tomas Svoboda, making it a true cultural exchange. Even more remarkably, the dates of the festival coincided with those of an Oregon trade mission led by then Governor Kulongoski.
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Team 3A is definitely vibing on the same wavelength…. After over three months of taking shelter from the COVID pandemic, during which we have stewed over difficult questions and agonized over what the future will bring, society as a whole is beginning to migrate to a new normal. But in the performing arts, it's becoming increasingly clear that business as usual won't be possible for some amount of time. We believe that music should reflect the stories of our time, call attention to injustice, and build community relationships. We say loudly and clearly that we stand for the lives of black people, and we stand with the Black Lives Matter movement. Join us for a synesthetic burst of joy and beauty as Team 3A carries Debussy's famous flute, viola and harp chamber ensemble into the 21st century.
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Consider also the evolving perspective of the potential husband. I've heard way too many stories of people breaking up with amazing people and they end up alone or in a less happy relationship. I was shocked how much the stress, lack of sleep, etc. What do you guys do about this-- do you go with your spouse. I am not a doctor's wife so I won't say I understand, but I will give you a virtual hug. He's usually trying to catch up on sleep working on a presentation, patient notes, etc I know communication is key, but it's helpful to know that others are going through the same experience. Interfaith marriage is but one variety of the learning experience. I'll tell her that we are strictly friends for now on.