Music ensemble Third Angle will team up with choir group Cappella Romana for a new project, “Frozen,” on Oct. 3-4. They’re giving a voice to one of Oregon’s most famous buildings — one you likely didn’t even know exists.
It’s the Mount Angel Abbey library in St. Benedict, Oregon, one of only two buildings in the U.S. designed by noted Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. From its facade, it looks like an unassuming, one-story structure on the edge of a hill, but as you enter the building opens up like a giant fan, two floors spreading out in a big arc with each aisle radiating right from the circulation desk.
“We love context and we love telling stories,” said Ron Blessinger, artistic director of Third Angle. “We love the way that music can function at the center of all these disciplines and enrich the experience of a visual place.”
The show will open in a side room with a traditional recital of Magnus Lindberg’s Clarinet Quintet. The audience will then enter the library, and that’s when it gets unusual.
The idea came when Blessinger and some others were first exploring the library. […]