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I'm 39 years old and have been a active fan and supporter of chamber music for at least 10 years. I've attended the Chamber Music NW festival a number of times since moving to Portland. I think the choice of venue for a musician will have more to do with economics and demand. Ensembles that play modern chamber music have a smaller market than ensembles that play everyone's favorite classical pieces, so a bar might just be a better sized venue with a lower economic risk to appeal to a smaller, younger audience. I wouldn't mind seeing chamber music in a bar, as long as the sound is good. For instance, I'd trust the Doug Fir.
But, while we're talking about venues, I've always found the Kaul Auditorium to be a soul-less place to hear and I suspect, play music. I never enjoy the performances at Kaul as much as Catlin Gabel venue and have stopped going to shows there altogether, no matter how good they look.
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