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Royal Threeway

A princess comes to Portland to shed light on the real meaning of the king's pleasure.

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People today think of the 16th century as if it were part of the Dark Ages, although in historical time it's only yesterday. Many of the period's scandals were just as fascinatingly garish (and unasha ...   More
Wednesday, October 6, 2004 Grant Menzies

i am not ashamed

i am not ashamedBy Barbara Payton(Holloway House Publishing Company, 233 pages, $8)Had she been born in 1967, instead of dying in that year, aged 39, ravaged beyond recognition, Barbara Payton, a beau ...   More
Wednesday, August 11, 2004 Grant Menzies

the body of jonah boyd

If David Leavitt has sometimes taken the artifice of the unreliable narrator a bit more literally than was ever conceived by Ford Madox Ford (his 1993 novel While England Sleeps had to be pulped and r ...   More
Wednesday, May 26, 2004 Grant Menzies

In the House

Carlos Kalmar, Oregon Symphony's new maestro, brings more muscle to the music.

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When one pilot takes over for another, there's not much to compare between their individual flying techniques: You take off, you fly, and you touch down again. Not so the case of the symphony conducto ...   More
Wednesday, February 18, 2004 Grant Menzies

Turandot's Tough Love

I last heard Chinese opera tenor Yu Qiang Dai over a year ago, amid the chilly elegance of the Portland Classical Chinese Garden, where he sang al fresco on a cold April afternoon. Through frigid ...   More
Wednesday, November 12, 2003 Grant Menzies

Hidden Symphonies

Portland is rich in non-European classical music.

The words "classical music" evoke a consistent set of images and sounds: white-tied and evening-gowned orchestra members surfing waves of Beethoven, a sequined soprano belting Bellini. Left out of ...   More
Wednesday, September 3, 2003 Grant Menzies


David Schiff's opera based on I.B. Singer's Gimpel gets the Third Angle treatment.

"Fiddler on the Roof has always struck me as an un-Jewish work," said composer David Schiff, during a recent interview about his new opera, Gimpel the Fool. "It's about getting away from Judaism. ...   More
Wednesday, May 28, 2003 Grant Menzies


Passing the baton to 2003.

1. Third Angle New Music Ensemble: Music of Zhou Long and Chen Yi (Jan 16). The chamber works of Chinese composers Zhou and Chen mingled Eastern and occidental music with instruments in fascinat ...   More
Tuesday, December 31, 2002 Grant Menzies


A dark work gets its West Coast premiere in Portland.

"It's definitely a challenge," says pianist Garrick Ohlsson, lifting the large full score of Michael Hersch's new piano concerto off the kitchen counter of his San Francisco home and opening it on ...   More
Wednesday, December 18, 2002 Grant Menzies
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