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Symphony season holds a few surprises




The Oregon Symphony has announced its 2007-08 season. Don't yawn just yet.
Though the 2007-08 programming is heavy on symphonic repertoire staples by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff, there are some interesting surprises, a few curiosities and one choral-orchestral masterwo...   More
 
Thursday, February 15, 2007 by Stephen Marc Beaudoin

When Divas Collide

Four divas duke it out for opera-loving audiences. Sweet.


Performance
In what's either a classical orgy or just fortuitous planning, soprano superstars Heidi Grant Murphy and Dawn Upshaw, regional opera queen Brenda Harris, and homegrown up-and-comer Katie Taylor all ma ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 7, 2007 Stephen Marc Beaudoin

Acito & Co. Get Real at Mississippi Studios




Since virtual reality—from World of Warcraft to VH1's "I Love New York"—is the current preferred mode of connectivity among most culture junkies, it is brave and admi...   More
 
Monday, February 5, 2007 by Stephen Marc Beaudoin

Every Portland Rose Fest Audition Had Its Thorn




If Portland Rose Fest "Vaudeville Rose" show producer Angel Ocasio was looking for our city's "hidden gems," he found himself instead with a pan of fool's gold.

Open auditions have a way of bringing out really special talents. You can spot the...   More
 
Wednesday, January 31, 2007 by Stephen Marc Beaudoin

Portland Idols Duke it Out for Rose Fest Fame




Uh oh. With the sixth season of American Idol upon us, it seems even Portland is suffering from talent(less)-show fever.

Now the upstanding Portland Rose Festival is getting into the act, and this...   More
 
Monday, January 29, 2007 by Stephen Marc Beaudoin

Guv Announces Boost in Trust




The coffers of the Oregon Cultural Trust got a much-needed shot in the arm during 2006, according to figures released today from the office of Governor Ted Kulongoski.Donations to the Trust topped $2.8 million, which represents an increase of 22 percen...   More
 
Thursday, January 25, 2007 by Stephen Marc Beaudoin

Artless Changes

Despite bulging budgets, the city continues cuts to community sites.


News Stories
While City Hall wrestles with the wonderful "problem" of a $22.8 million budget surplus, Community Music Center's Gregory Dubay wonders how to raise cash to make up for new cuts from that same city go ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 24, 2007 Stephen Marc Beaudoin

Altar Boyz

All genuflect to the catholic tastes of a cult musical hit.


Performance
At 12 years old I was a budding young singer, son of a deacon and dedicated altar server—and hot for Father Ron Verhaeghe. Blond and blue-eyed, sweet and soft-voiced, Father Ron broke lots of he ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 24, 2007 Stephen Marc Beaudoin

Mt. Sinai: Frontier of Byzantium and Smorgasbord

Colin Currie and Cappella Romana burn up a chilly Portland weekend.


Performance
The Portland-based Cappella Romana is a globetrotting chamber choir that asks a lot of itself and its audiences. Its members wear black on black, program meaty concerts and appear highly somber while ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 17, 2007 Stephen Marc Beaudoin

Sestak to Commandeer PSU's Sinking Arts School Ship




Portland State University's School of Fine and Performing Arts has a new dean (and not a moment too soon): Barbara A. Sestak, a PSU faculty member for 25 years and an architect by training, served as the school's interim dean for the past year. She takes the...   More
 
Thursday, January 4, 2007 by Stephen Marc Beaudoin
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