Music, Wit and Caffeine at Mount Angel Abbey’s Press Coffee House

nielsMOUNT ANGEL, Ore. – Two members of Ensemble Aalto, Br. Niels Nielsen, douçaine (early oboe), and Marjory Lange, viola, will perform a casual, clever, and caffeinated set of medieval music, Danish and Irish fiddle tunes, and a few 60s pop tunes. The casual performance takes place at 3 PM Sunday, 6 April 2014, with no-host coffee bar and baked goods. The performance is free and all are welcome.

Before beginning his monastic vocation at Mount Angel Abbey, Brother Niels, known then as Aage Nielsen, was an adjunct professor of music at the College of Idaho and Northwest Nazarene University. He served as the bass clarinetist with the Boise Philharmonic for 23 years, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony for 11 years, and the chamber ensemble Darkwood Consort for 19 years. Br. Niels honed his comedy skills playing with Darkwood Consort, performing a style dubbed “stand-up chamber music,” as they performed throughout the U.S., as well as Denmark, Iceland and the Netherlands.

Br. Niels has emerged as a leading player and scholar of the douçaine, a rare early oboe discovered on King Henry VIII’s flagship, “The Mary Rose,” which sank in 1545, was discovered in 1971, and was raised from the ocean bed in 1982. The Mary Rose instrument is the only extant douçaine, and there are currently fewer than 60 replicas worldwide. The douçaine’s chameleon quality enables Brother Niels to perform everything from medieval melodies to traditional music to jazz and pop.

Marjory Lange, an oblate at the Queen of Angels Monastery in Mount Angel, is an English professor at Western Oregon University, a visiting scholar with the Mount Angel Abbey Library, and a performing violist and violinist.

The Press Coffee House is located at Mount Angel Abbey, on the hilltop above the town of Mount Angel. For more information about the concert, call 503-845-3263 or email


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