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Opera Is Blooming in Portland

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Spring is the season of renewal, and this one has brought a fresh wave of youthful artistic energy to Portland stages in what’s paradoxically one of the most old fashioned artistic forms—opera.    More
 
Wednesday, May 4, 2011 by BRETT CAMPBELL

“The Spanish Hour” and “The Bewitched Child” (Portland Opera)

The Opera breaks out with two less-performed one-acts.


Theater
Maurice Ravel was a childless French bachelor whose greatest inspirations were, paradoxically, children and Spain. The innovative composer’s affection   More
 
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 BRETT CAMPBELL

Samurai Jazz

Swiss pianist Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin gives experimental jazz its groove back.


Music Stories
Nik Bärtsch named his band Ronin after the pre-modern Japanese freelance warriors affiliated with no master, and his sixth and latest   More
 
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 BRETT CAMPBELL

Morten Lauridsen (Portland State Choirs)

A Northwest homecoming.


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When Morten Lauridsen was growing up in Beaverton in the 1950s, students commonly headed out to the Tillamook Burn to plant trees. A few years ago, the composer returned to the once-barren site to see it now covered by towering firs.   More
 
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 BRETT CAMPBELL

Oregon Symphony to Play Big Apple in 2011, 2013

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The Oregon Symphony hasn't even completed its historic first performance at Carnegie Hall this May—but it's already going again in 2013. The orchestra announced Wednesday that it had been chosen to participate in the first and third    More
 
Thursday, February 17, 2011 by BRETT CAMPBELL

Finding the Links Between Sustainability and Music

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In those lists of buzzwords that should be banned every year, “sustainability” should be at the top. Not because the concept isn’t vital; certainly the idea of an economy and way of life that pays attention to the future has been neglected by our greed-is-good, I-want-it-now, consumer/casino economy for the last , oh, millennium or so. But the term has gotten so overused, folded, spindled, m...   More
 
Friday, February 11, 2011 by BRETT CAMPBELL

Mia Birk Joyride

How Portland reinvented (two) wheels.


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When one of the Netherlands’ major advocates for bicycling was asked this fall to what he attributed Portland’s success in becoming one of the world leaders in alternative transportation, ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 BRETT CAMPBELL

A December Feast (In Mulieribus)

An ethereal antidote to Christmas schmaltz.


Theater
’Tis the season of overfamiliar musical comfort food, so this unusual repast from one of the Northwest’s premier vocal ensembles, the all-women early music group In Mulieribus (“amon ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 BRETT CAMPBELL

Psycho (Oregon Symphony)

One killer score.


Theater
On an October night many years ago, I awoke suddenly, my heart pounding, gasping for breath, still in the grip of a terrifying nightmare. What sparked such nocturnal panic? I’d left the radio on ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 BRETT CAMPBELL

Chopped Chopin

Classical


Special Section Stories
MUSIC MAN: Yaacov Bergman leads the Portland Chamber Orchestra. IMAGE: Duncan NeilsonWhen Portland Chamber Orchestra music director Yaacov Bergman was planning the company’s Sept. 10-11 Fr&eacu ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 1, 2010 BRETT CAMPBELL
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