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The City of Tomorrow

A wind quintet, scattered to the four winds.

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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. Their year-old   More
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 BRETT CAMPBELL

Requiem for a Conductor 


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...   More
Sunday, February 10, 2013 by BRETT CAMPBELL

Fertile Ground Diaries: Marilyn/MISFITS/Miller


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...   More
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 by BRETT CAMPBELL

Cadence Fest: Sunday-Tuesday, Jan. 20-22

A legendary jazz magazine is reborn in Portland.

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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    More
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 BRETT CAMPBELL

The Alan Singley Orchestra: Saturday, Sept. 29

A Portland pop mainstay reveals his classical side.

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[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    More
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 BRETT CAMPBELL

The Life of Obo Addy

Brett Campbell remembers the African music legend

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Obo 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...   More
Monday, September 17, 2012 by BRETT CAMPBELL

Portland Fall Arts Guide 2012: Pearls After a Lazy Lunch

How will an Oregon Symphony violinist do as a downtown busker?

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. Dre   More
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 BRETT CAMPBELL

Nancy King: Wednesday, Aug. 15

A legendary jazz singer struggles to make ends meet.

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[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    More
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 BRETT CAMPBELL

Galileo Galilei (Portland Opera)

And yet it moves—backward.

Like the movie Memento, the play Betrayal and the musical Merrily We Roll Along, Portland Opera’s new production of Philip Glass’ Galileo Galilei proceeds backward in time. Directed by Kevin Newbu   More
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 BRETT CAMPBELL

March Music Moderne

Bob Priest carpet bombs the city with new sounds.

In 1980, young composer Bob Priest visited Poland to attend Warsaw Autumn, one of the best known annual festivals of contemporary “classical” music. He resolved to create a similar celebrati   More
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 BRETT CAMPBELL
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