One of Portland’s brightest composers escapes from New York.
[CLASSICAL] Like it is in everything else these days,
Brooklyn is all the rage in classical music. It’s an old story, really:
For a century at least, if you wanted to be at the forefront of
Formed: In 2000 in Minneapolis.
Sounds like: Classically trained piano meets indie-rock drums meets jazz bass.
For fans of: Blondie, Igor Stravinsky, Paul Motian,
Flaming Lips, Abba, Joshua R
French-horn player Leander Star and his
partner, flutist Elise Blatchford, had already rented a truck to move
from Chicago back to his hometown of Portland when they got the news.
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More than almost any other single figure, long-time Oregon Symphony music director James DePreist, who died Friday in Scottsdale, Ariz. from complications following open heart surgery last spring, helped vault the state's major music institution to national prominence. He was 76.
During the years he led the orchestra, from 1980 to 2003, DePreist helped transform the OSO from a minor re...
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A group of famous—and famously needy and egotistical—performers and creators gathers in the early 1960s to revive their careers by putting on a production whose prospects of success are jeopardized by conflicts with institutional powers and friction among these volatile, creative personalities.
Why, this must be Orson's Shadow, Austin Pendleton’s award-winning 2000 play about two o...
In 2011, Cadence—one of the premier magazines in
the country covering jazz and other improvised music—found itself at a
deadly confluence of two rapidly drying streams: print journalism and
A Portland pop mainstay reveals his classical side.
[CLASSICAL] When he was 11 years old, Alan Singley bought
an album containing all of Beethoven’s symphonies. This wasn’t a
parental directive; they listened mostly to classic rock. Rather, it
MusicObo Addy was a master drummer in one of the world’s most greatest musical traditions. He was a talented composer and a pioneer in the rise of Afropop. But he was even more important in the Pacific Northwest as a kind of Johnny Appleseed for African music.
Addy, who died Sept. 13 at age 76 after a five-year battle with liver cancer, wa...
How will an Oregon Symphony violinist do as a downtown busker?
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It’s just after noon on a gorgeous late summer Friday at
Pioneer Courthouse Square, and one of the best and most versatile
violinists on the West Coast is getting ready to do some busking.
A legendary jazz singer struggles to make ends meet.
[JAZZ QUEEN] On a recent Wednesday night at the Pearl
District restaurant Touché, a large party of thirtysomethings chattered,
laughed, drank and ate their way through the evening—oblivious to