40th Anniversary Celebration Concert

John & Mary Giger will be performing their

40th Anniversary Celebration Concert

featuring Colleen Adent

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Sunday, September 24th, 2017


Grace Chapel of Scottsdale Bible Church
SE Corner of Miller Road and Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ

Via John & Mary Giger:
“Now after four decades and 5000 concerts we must pause to celebrate God’s goodness and enabling. We also wish to express gratitude our many friends, partners, and supports over the years! The concert will feature: hymn arrangements, Christian contemporary selections, love songs, and a few media surprises as we reminisce through the years. We are especially excited to be assisted by Colleen Adent, pianist, our arranger and accompanist for 30 years. Colleen was recent quarter finalist in the International Van Claiborne Piano Competition. You will be thrilled with Colleen’s accompaniments and solo work throughout the evening. The Grace Chorale will accompany us on several selections!”

Read more here.

Trio Adrato – Glenwood Community Church

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Join us at Glenwood Community Church on June 10th at 4pm for an afternoon of fun and delightful music! We will be playing selections by Poulenc, Mozart, Charles Sayre, George Kostopolis and more!

Trio Adrato is comprised of Colleen Adent(Piano), Victoria Racz(Oboe), and Dale Tolliver(Cello).

This concert is free, donations are accepted.

June 10, 2017 @ 4:00pm

Glenwood Community Church
12201 NE 72nd. Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98686

Ten Grands on the Green 2017

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Ten Grands on the Green is back!

Sunday, July 30th at 6:00pm

One stage, one night, ten of the most accomplished pianists in the world performing music we all love- from Classical, Jazz, New Age, to Pop Contemporary- arranged by brilliant composer and musician Michael Allen Harrison.  Ten Grands has thrilled audiences in sold out concert halls since 2001 and now is presented in an outdoor venue.

Awe-inspiring guest performances from young musical prodigies astound and delight throughout this enchanting musical feast that is one of the hottest entertainment tickets in the Northwest.

Bring your blankets and stretch out as the sun sets and experience an evening like no other- great music, great community, the beauty of an amazing Oregon summer night on The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club.

Get your tickets here!

Trio Adrato – Old Church Concert

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On May 31, 2017, at 12:00pm, Colleen will be playing a concert at The Old Church Concert Hall in Portland as part of Trio Adrato! Bring a sack lunch and enjoy a free concert!

What is Trio Adrato? The trio consists of Victoria Racz, (oboe/English horn), Dale Tolliver, (cello), and Colleen Adent, (piano). The trio will be playing a series of classical arrangements.

For more information, visit The Old Church.


Trio Adrato will also be playing a concert on June 10, 2017 at 4:00pm at Glenwood Community Church. See concert details here.

21st Century Artist Initiative Festival

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June 25th & June 29th

Colleen will be joining in two performances during the 21st Century Artist Initiative Festival.

Concerts will be on site for the 21st Century Artist Initiative.

Dickson Estates
26700 NE 223rd St.
Battle Ground, WA 98604

On Sunday, June 25th, Colleen will be playing with Letitia Jap and Jonathan Butler.

On Thursday, June 29th, Colleen will be joining the Arianna String Quartet.

Both concerts will begin at 7pm. Please contact Daniel Dickson with the 21st Century Artist Initiative to reserve your seating.

The 21st Century Artist Initiative is a festival empowering emerging string musicians to think as business executives, technology developers, and market strategists. All while perfecting skills as musicians.

The Arianna String Quartet –

Hailed for their outstanding musicianship, the Arianna String Quartet has firmly established itself as one of America’s finest chamber ensembles. Their performances have been praised for “tonal warmth, fastidious balance…expressive vitality” (Chicago Tribune) and “emotional commitment and fluent virtuosity,” (Pretoria News, South Africa). Formed in 1992, the ASQ garnered national attention by winning the Grand Prize in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, First Prize in both the Coleman and Carmel Chamber Music Competitions, and were Laureates in the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition.

The Arianna Quartet has appeared throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia, with frequent visits to Brazil and South Africa. They have collaborated with many of the world’s finest musicians, including members of the Vermeer, Tokyo, Cleveland and Juilliard Quartets, and their live performances have been heard on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today,” and “Live from Music Mountain”, which broadcasts to 125 stations in the U.S. and to 35 countries. The ASQ has recorded for Albany Records and Urtext Digital Classics, and has a long-term contract with Centaur Records. Their most recent release of the two string quartets of Janácek, which has already received critical acclaim, is now available.  (“These performances of the Arianna String Quartet demonstrate how technical excellence, in alliance with imagination and the human heart, can come to create something truly transcendent.” – Fanfare Magazine)

Celebrating their 25th Season, highlights for 2016-17 also include return trips to Brazil for the FEMUSC Festival in Jaragua do Sul, the Barra Mansa Music Festival, and concerts in Rio de Janeiro, as well as live performances on Chicago’s WFMT radio, returns to the Madeline Island Music Camp (WI) and Credo Festival, the completion of their recordings of the complete quartets of Beethoven for Centaur Records, and concerts throughout the United States.  The ASQ also looks forward to the continuation of the Arianna Chamber Music Festival, in St. Louis, where they have been full-time faculty at the University of Missouri-St. Louis since 2000.  The Arianna Quartet is Ensemble-in-Residence at the Touhill Performing Arts Center in St. Louis, where they present their own series of concerts. (Biography from

Ten Grands – Seattle

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Ten grand pianos. Ten concert pianists at Benaroya Hall. 

Giving the gift of music to children.

May 13, 7:00 p.m.

Ten Grands Seattle features ten grand pianos and ten concert pianists playing a variety of classical, jazz, boogie woogie, R&B and modern pieces simultaneously, as soloists and in various combinations. Presented just once a year in Seattle at Benaroya Hall, home of the Seattle Symphony, the concert benefit music education. From 2008-2012 the beneficiary of Ten Grands Seattle proceeds was The Snowman Foundation which was created in Portland, Ore. in 1999 by composer-founder Michael Allen Harrison to “share the joy, the healing, the learning and the life-changing gifts music has to offer.”  In 2013, a new chapter opened with presenting partner Seattle Symphony: proceeds now support an array of education programs of the Symphony and other community organizations. Mr. Harrison continues as artistic director, and RBC Wealth Management continues as presenting sponsor.

A Star is Born – Friends of Chamber Music Dinner

A Star is Born – Dinner with Friends
A Friends of Chamber Music Event


Be on the lookout for future opportunities!

Hosted by:
Dick & Judy Audley

Sat, May 6 • 6:00 PM
12 guests • $125

Come hear the dazzling talent that won Colleen Adent a place in the prestigious Van Cliburn Amateur Competition this year. Then join Colleen at the table as she shares her unique story while you enjoy a mouthwatering dinner in this charming Lake Oswego home.


Concert of Remembrance

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Concert of Remembrance

March 12, 2:00 p.m.

As part of the Oregon Historical Society’s “Second Sunday” Series, this concert commemorates the 75th anniversary of FDR’s Executive Order 9066, which uprooted American citizens of Japanese descent all over the Western US and placed them in internment camps. In collaboration with Nikkei Legacy Center Japanese History Museum.

Oregon Historical Society Foyer
1200 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR


Ten Grands 2017

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Hello friends! It’s four short weeks away . . . mark your calendars, set a reminder, grab your friends! Saturday, April 15th, 7pm, 

You won’t want to miss Ten Grands!

Ten Grands is a benefit concert for Michael Allen Harrison’s Snowman Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing instruments, instruction and inspiration to deserving children. 

Saturday, April 15th, 7pm
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

This will be my 3rd year to participate with Michael Allen Harrison and friends. From jazz to inspirational, from boogie-woogie to classical, you’ll hear terrific performances by some of the area’s top talent.  And, I’ve arranged and will be playing an 8-hands number with three uber-talented teens as well!  It promises to be another great Ten Grands show and I look forward to seeing you there!

Tickets are available here at all levels.

“The fact that children can make 
is less significant than the fact that music can make 

Crazy Jane in Technicolor

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Cascadia Composers Present:

Crazy Jane in Technicolor

Local women composers present vivid and eclectic musical visions in vibrant, glowing COLOR.

Friday, November 4, 7:30 p.m.
Lincoln Recital Hall Room 75, Portland State University
1620 SW Park Avenue, LH 75, Portland, OR 97201

PORTLAND, Oregon – Sept. 30, 2016 – The sixth annual Crazy Jane Composers’ concert of new chamber, vocal, electronic and dance music lights up Lincoln Recital Hall at Portland State University on Friday Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. Seven “Crazy Janes,” women composers from the Portland-metro area, will present their dynamic musical visions under the lights.

Dramatic works including modern dance, piano duets and songs, sultry tangueros, feverishly whispering musicians, an electrified harpsichord, stories from Rudyard Kipling, electro-acoustic sounds of the brain’s workings and a dazzling live visual display of musical waveforms create a riveting program!

“We are so pleased to continue the magic created by our Crazy Jane concert series,” said Jan Mittelstaedt, a founding member of Crazy Jane

Composers and president of Cascadia Composers. “This creative and collaborative concert is unique in featuring local women composers, and we’re anticipating another eclectic evening of interesting, provocative, powerful new music.”

A rich collection of some of Portland’s best performers including Dianne Davies, Maria Choban, Colleen Adent and Jeff Payne, piano; Jennifer Wright, amplified harpsichord; Tatiana Kolchanova and Erin Furbee, violin; Katherine Schultz, cello; Joel Bluestone, percussion; Alex Krebs, bandoneon; Adam Young, baritone; Matt Burnett, narration; and dancers Dominic Bridge, Rebekah Mitchell, Melissa St. Clair and Jonalyn Salzano bring together striking music, dance, improvisational movement and narration in one unforgettably colorful evening.

Crazy Jane Composers represent a variety of musical styles, yet are united each year by this shared concert venture and inspired by their namesake – Crazy Jane, a fictional character created by Irish poet W.B. Yeats and based on a real person. Yeats admired Crazy Jane for her audacity, lust for life, and satirical eye. In the tradition of strong, mythical, Celtic women who feel they have earned the right to speak their minds, Crazy Jane defended herself and her passionate stance with a whimsical but no-nonsense attitude – one embraced by these fearless female composers, as well.

“Crazy Jane in Technicolor” is modern art music like you’ve never SEEN it before! This concert is cosponsored by Elizabeth and Robert Dyson with additional support provided by Portland State University. Purchase tickets at $20 general, $10 seniors/Cascadia members; $5 students (with valid ID); under 12 free.

Meet the 2016 roster of Crazy Jane Composers here:

Susan Alexjander

Elizabeth Blachly-Dyson

Cynthia Gerdes,

Jan Mittelstaedt

Liz Nedela

Linda Woody

Jennifer Wright


Crazy Jane in Technicolor! 


Penta-Moods for piano duet Liz Nedela

I. Prelude: Melody on the Miyako-bushi Pentatonic

II. “The Chase” on the Man Gong Pentatonic

III. Variations on the Blues Minor Pentatonic

Maria Choban and Dianne Davies, piano

2 songs for voice and piano Jan Mittelstaedt

I. Hard Hats

II. Red Hats

Adam Young, baritone; Dianne Davies, piano; Jonalyn Salzano, dance

Fever Dream Elizabeth Blachly-Dyson

Colleen Adent, piano; Tatiana Kolchanova, violin; Joel Bluestone, percussion

NeuroCantos Susan Alexjander

Susan Alexjander, digital sound design; Melissa St. Clair, improvisational movement

How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin Linda Woody

Matt Burnett, narration; Colleen Adent, piano; Tatiana Kolchanova, violin; Katherine Schultz, cello; Joel

Bluestone, percussion

Tango Con Lo Desconocido (Tango With The Unknown) Cynthia Gerdes

Erin Furbee, violin; Jeff Payne, piano; Alex Krebs, bandoneon

Dominic Bridge and Rebekah Mitchell, tango dance

You Cannot Liberate Me: Only I Can Do That For Myself Jennifer Wright

Jennifer Wright, amplified harpsichord, electronics, and live-cam cymatics display

“Meet-the-artist” reception to follow the performance! 

Crazy Jane Composers ( are members of Cascadia Composers, a regional chapter of the National Association of Composers USA. “Like” us on Facebook for news and updates!