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Roll Over Beethoven

The Oregon Symphony Orchestra's struggle to attract new listeners.


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Two weeks ago, Oregon Symphony President Elaine Calder took the stage before a rare, near-packed house at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. “How many of you are coming to an Oregon Symphony concert ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 3, 2008 BRETT CAMPBELL

Beta Collide. Friday, Oct. 17

The fortuitous pileup of two Oregon virtuosos.


Music Stories
Brian McWhorter is a real homegrown genius: When he attended the University of Oregon music school in the 1990s, the Portland native earned a national reputation as a trumpet prodigy and local notice ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 BRETT CAMPBELL

Songs (and Strings) of Summer

Recent releases from five local classical and postclassical performers.


Theater
Byzantium in Rome (cappellaromana.org), the ninth release from Portland vocal ensemble Cappella Romana, explores the little-heard yet immensely powerful 13th-century music chanted by expatriate Greek ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 30, 2008 BRETT CAMPBELL

Imani Winds and Roberto Sierra

Classical music without the powdered wigs.


Theater
Classical music is no longer the last bastion of white, upper-class Eurocentricity, and this week’s Chamber Music Northwest concerts prove it: The featured ensemble, Imani Winds, is composed of ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 16, 2008 BRETT CAMPBELL

Agnieszka Laska-Dickson String Quartet

A remarkable family band tackles some serious strings.


Theater
When the piano-playing siblings the Five Browns began packing concert halls for their performances of popular classics, their story—a truly musical family—was just as responsible for their ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 18, 2008 BRETT CAMPBELL

Fanfare For The Fallen

Trumpeter turns to Copland for China quake relief.


Theater
At 6:30 on the morning of May 11, Jay Chen awoke in his home outside Corvallis to a phone call from a friend in Chicago. He’d seen reports of a major earthquake in China, its epicenter just 50 m ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2008 BRETT CAMPBELL

Too Cool For Words

NYC’s Wordless Music Series comes to Portland.


Theater
Despite corporate music’s attempts to squish creativity into tidy, discrete pigeonholes, the more out-there manifestations of alt rock, free jazz, post-classical avant garde and electronica shar ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 16, 2008 BRETT CAMPBELL

The Tudor Choir

Mozart: the original music pirate.


Theater
Think corporate control over music is a hassle now? Consider the 17th century’s Devotional Rights Management. In the 1630s, the pope commissioned Gregorio Allegri to compose a musical setting of ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 26, 2008 BRETT CAMPBELL

Third Angle: River of Life, Friday, Jan. 11


[ART FOLK] Pigeonholers often categorize music as either high or low—as “art” or “folk.” But composers have long been transforming folk songs into something more complex. And today’s postclassical tunesmiths draw on the very roots of such “common&rdqu...   More
 
Wednesday, January 9, 2008 by BRETT CAMPBELL

Third Angle: River of Life Friday, Jan. 11

Folk gets highbrow with endless drums and plenty of H2O.


Music Stories
[ART FOLK] Pigeonholers often categorize music as either high or low—as “art” or “folk.” But composers have long been transforming folk songs into something more complex. ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 9, 2008 BRETT CAMPBELL
 

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