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Jazz And Poetry And Other Reasons

Solo boho at the CoHo.


Performance
This fascinating project has more names than a ’50s jazzbo had euphemisms for Benzedrine. The third in an ongoing series of jazz-accompanied readings derived from Robert Briggs’ evocative ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 BRETT CAMPBELL

Classical: Ain’t Too Proud To Beg

Opera Theater Oregon sets a classic in today’s Portland.


Special Section Stories
DIRTY BEGGARS: Michael Herrman (left) and Stephen Marc Beaudoin. IMAGE: Christine TaylorDuring the darkest days of the Bush administration, Opera Theater Oregon founder Katie Taylor sought a productio ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 BRETT CAMPBELL

Equivocation (Oregon Shakespeare Festival)

Shakespeare in trouble.


Visual Arts
Oregon Shakespeare Festival accountants, rejoice: In his world-premiere production of Bill Cain’s magnificent Equivocation, artistic director Bill Rauch has found a work that pleases both OSF&rs ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 8, 2009 BRETT CAMPBELL

Punch Brothers

Chamber Music Northwest gets patriotic.


Performance
Mandolinist Chris Thile’s splendid work with his prog-bluegrass trio, Nickel Creek, hardly prepared us for the ingenuity and ambition of his Punch Brothers project with classically trained, blue ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 BRETT CAMPBELL

Baby Got Bach

The best of the Summer’s non-pop music festivals.


Special Section Stories
June 22-July 26: Chamber Music NorthwestAs usual, some of the world’s finest classical musicians (Alan Vogel, David Shifrin, Daedalus Quartet, Fred Sherry, Colin Carr, André Watts, the re ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 BRETT CAMPBELL

Portland Jazz Orchestra, Friday, May 15


The Portland Jazz Orchestra heads in a funky new direction.

[AFRO-LATIN JAZZ] Wynton Marsalis calls Afro-Cuban music the “roux” of jazz, providing its essential flavor and body. Those rhythms—what Jelly Roll Morton called “the Spanish tinge”—“have been very much a part of jazz from the beginning,” says Charley Gray, co-director of the ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2009 by BRETT CAMPBELL

Portland Jazz Orchestra, Friday, May 15

The Portland Jazz Orchestra heads in a funky new direction.


Music Stories
[AFRO-LATIN JAZZ] Wynton Marsalis calls Afro-Cuban music the “roux” of jazz, providing its essential flavor and body. Those rhythms—what Jelly Roll Morton called “the Spanish t ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2009 BRETT CAMPBELL

Live Review: Glorious




"I was blessed with the gift of excessive volume," declares soprano wannabe Florence Foster Jenkins. The portly New York City classical music warbler was also cursed with the gift of, shall we say, unintentional microtonality, as well as a breezy indifferenc...   More
 
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 by BRETT CAMPBELL

LIVE REVIEW: 24/7




In a way, last weekend's 24/7 concerts didn't have to say anything about the seven years of continuing American wars they were commemorating. Although it's been used for antisocial ends (think of the Nazis and Wagner), classical music itself is a statement...   More
 
Thursday, March 26, 2009 by BRETT CAMPBELL

Classical Roundup: La Calisto, Cascadia Composers, Oregon Symphony and Bad Plus


It was a good week for classical music old and new in Portland, starting with an opera that's never been staged here.
Global warming! Cross dressing! Anti patriarchal feminism! Horny huntresses! Dreadlocks! Girl on girl action! You'd almost think La Calisto was written last week instead of in 1651. Portland Opera's original staging of Francesco Cava...   More
 
Friday, March 20, 2009 by BRETT CAMPBELL
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