September 28, 2016


Each week, All Classical Portland presents Thursdays @ Three, live broadcast concerts showcasing local musicians, arts partners, and visiting artists.  Senior Announcer Robert McBride hosts the lively format of music-making and conversation for members of an intimate studio audience. That’s what we call Building Cultural Community!

Thursdays @ Three concerts are broadcast live and in real time from our studios in the Hampton Opera Center, and programs last about an hour. If you would like to join our studio audience, please select an event below.  These are small group audience experiences that fill up fast. Seating is available on first come, first served basis.

We kindly request that you limit your attendance to one Thursdays @ Three performance per month.

September 29th, 2016   Rhonda Rizzo and Molly Wheeler


Pianist Rhonda (Ringering) Rizzo has crafted a career as a pianist and a writer. She is an active solo and collaborative performer for diverse venues. A specialist in music that borrows from both classical and jazz traditions, Rizzo has released four CDs and her numerous articles have appeared in national and international music magazines. Pianist Molly Wheeler, is a specialist in duet literature and has collaborated with several fine pianists, including Molly Nichols in the duo The Mollys. She has spent two summers in Provence, France at the Music Academié Franco-Americaine where she studied and performed chamber music and piano duets. Rizzo and Wheeler join together to form a duo with a simple mission: bring life to the best dance, classical, and jazz music written for two pianists.

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October 6th, 2016   Justin Kagan, Heather Blackburn and Diane Chaplin


Cellists Justin Kagan, Heather Blackburn, and Diane Chaplin will join us for Thursdays @ Three. Kagan was a regular sub with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra before moving to Portland and becoming a coffee micro-roaster. He is a frequent collaborator with 45th Parallel and a member of the Portland Cello Project. A native of New York, Blackburn holds degrees from the Peabody Conservatory and Washington State University. She was a member of the Oregon Ballet Theatre Orchestra for six years, and served as acting cello in the Oregon Symphony. She has also participated in numerous summer festivals including the Cascade Music Festival, the Oregon Bach Festival, and the Sunriver Music Festival. Chaplin appears often as a concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber music artist, and tours around the U.S. as a featured member of the Portland Cello Project. She has a large class of private cello students, teaches cello and chamber music at both Lewis and Clark College and Linfield College, and adjudicates for solo, ensemble and orchestra festivals in the Portland area.

October 13th, 2016   Nancy Ives and Cary Lewis


Oregon Symphony principal cellist Nancy Ives will perform with pianist Cary Lewis. Ives has been the Principal Cello of the Oregon Symphony since October 2000. Ives is an avid chamber musician with a particular interest in new music, and in addition to being a member of fEARnoMUSIC is a frequent guest of groups such as Chamber Music Northwest, 45th Parallel, Third Angle, Bach Festival Composer Symposium and Portland Cello Project. Nancy is a founder of Classical Up Close and has served on the Board of Directors of the Oregon Symphony. Lewis is in constant demand as a collaborative pianist for soloists and chamber music groups. With degrees from the University of North Texas, as well as a doctorate and performer’s certificate from the Eastman School of Music, he was a Fulbright scholar for two years in Vienna. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, the White House, the Kennedy Center, and Wigmore Hall in London, as well as with the National Philharmonic in Warsaw and in other music capitals of the United States and Europe.

October 20th, 2016   Colin Currie

Colin Currie
Photo: Marco Borggreve

Hailed as “the world’s finest and most daring percussionist” (The Spectator, 2013), Colin Currie is a solo and chamber artist at the peak of his powers. Championing new music at the highest level, Currie is the soloist of choice for many of today’s foremost composers and he performs regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors.From his earliest years Currie forged a pioneering path in creating new music for percussion, winning the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award in 2000 and receiving a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2005. Currie is Artist in Association at London’s Southbank Centre, where he was the focus of a major percussion festival “Metal Wood Skin” in 2014. Currie is also Artist in Residence with Oregon Symphony Orchestra 2015/16 -2017/18. The three season residency includes annual performances with Oregon Symphony Orchestra, the world premiere of a new percussion concerto by Andy Akiho, and extensive education and outreach work. Currie’s dynamic percussion ensemble the Colin Currie Group was formed in 2006 to celebrate the music of Steve Reich and made its five-star debut at the BBC Proms. Since then, with Reich’s personal endorsement Currie and his ensemble have taken on the role of ambassadors of Drumming, which they have performed at many venues and festivals internationally.

October 27th, 2016   Susan DeWitt Smith


Pianist and Portland native Susan DeWitt Smith has an active career as both a soloist and chamber musician. She has appeared as a guest artist with the Oregon Symphony, Portland Columbia Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and the San Diego Chamber Orchestra, among others, balancing her concerto performances with frequent chamber music and solo recitals. Dr. Smith is highly regarded as a chamber musician and collaborates on a regular basis with some of the finest musicians in the Northwest. An enthusiastic and committed proponent of music education, she co-founded the innovative and highly successful ‘Music in Context’ series in 2005, and has created new series called ‘Music Matters’ at Lewis & Clark College, where she is an Assistant Professor of Music and director of the piano program. She is a member of Portland’s Third Angle New Music Ensemble and has recorded extensively on the KOCH International Classics label.


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Robert McBride: Senior Announcer

Robert McBrideI have my mom to thank for getting me interested in music and for being the first person to suggest radio as a career. I have both my parents to thank for making possible my degree in music composition, and for patiently supporting me, one way or another, through the many years I played in rock bands. While I failed to become a rock star, I still manage to compose occasionally. After thirty years in radio I still enjoy it! I’m on the air weekday afternoons from 1:00 to 6:00 and Saturday nights from 8:00 to 10:00, when I preside over Club Mod, a program devoted to modern music both old and new. I also enjoy hosting preconcert conversations for the Oregon Symphony and other public speaking opportunities. I’ve been part of the All Classical Portlandia team since 2000, thus setting a new personal record for employment longevity.

Susan McDaniel: Resident Pianist, All Classical Portland 

susan-mcdanielSusan McDaniel has appeared widely as a soloist and chamber musician, including recitals in France, Germany, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic. She received a B.A. in music from Linfield College, where she studied with Jill Timmons, and a M.M. in vocal accompanying from Manhattan School of Music, where she was a student of Warren Jones. While at Manhattan, she also studied chamber music with Isidore Cohen and Ruth Laredo and Baroque performance practice with Kenneth Cooper. Susan has been a member of the music staff at Seattle Opera, Portland Opera, and Utah Festival Opera as well as music director and pianist for the San Diego Opera Ensemble, Off-Center Opera (Seattle), and Puget Sound Concert Opera. A third-generation native Oregonian, Susan is thrilled to be a part of our area’s diverse and vibrant musical community.

Thursdays @ Three are made possible by the community we serve and these underwriters:

Portland BMW

Michelle’s Pianos

Steinway & Sons