Ron Blessinger, Artistic Director, Third Angle Musical Ensemble

Ron Blessinger, Artistic Director, Third Angle Musical Ensemble in Lawrence Halprin Fountain

Hermiston native Ron Blessinger has been the artistic director of Third Angle Musical Ensemble for over 10 years. He has been with the ensemble since 1997.

Blessinger has also been a violinist with the Oregon Symphony since 1990 and has served as Concertmaster of the Peter Britt Festival Orchestra and Cascade Festival of Music Orchestra. Blessinger holds a bachelor’s degree from the Oberlin Conservatory and a master’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music.

Third Angle was awarded a 2012 Cultural Trust grant to present the Portland premiere of “Rothko Chapel,” a piece composed in 1971 by Morton Feldman for the opening of the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas. Accompanied by Portland-based Resonance Choir, Third Angle played the piece to a sold-out hall on March 10 at Portland Art Museum, part of the first comprehensive Rothko exhibition at the museum since 1934.

The performance included projected images of Mark Rothko paintings from the Rothko Chapel and were preceded by a discussion with PAM Curator Bruce Guenther.

In this photo by Andy Batt, Blessinger sits in the downtown Portland Lovejoy Fountain, part of a renowned fountain ensemble designed by Lawrence Halprin. Blessinger also composed a musical piece for dance in 2008 honoring the work of Lawrence Halprin and his choreographer wife Anna Halprin. The musical piece was funded by the Oregon Arts Commission, a core partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust and performed in the fountain.