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.
June 2nd, 2016 Northwest Art Song
Soprano Arwen Myers, mezzo-soprano Laura Thoreson, and pianist Susan McDaniel form Northwest Art Song which was founded in 2015 to promote the art of the song recital in the Pacific Northwest. The group believes in creating engaging programs that foster interest & excitement in the art song repertoire. They have a mission to engage a new generation of concertgoers through creative programming, exploring new contexts and venues for their concerts, and always delivering an outstanding musical product.
June 9th, 2016 Portland Flute and Guitar
Star performers Amelia Lukas and Mario Diaz will make their debut as a duo on the 45th Parallel concert series on June 12th, exploiting the lush timbral possibilities of the flute and guitar combination. Flutist Amelia Lukas performs with “a fine balance of virtuosity and poetry” (The New York Times) and has “a buoyancy of spirit that comes out in the flute, a just beautiful sound” (The Boston Globe). A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music (London) and the Manhattan School of Music, this season she performs with Chamber Music Northwest, fEARnoMUSIC, the Astoria Music Festival and Music in the Woods. Guitarist and vocalist Mario Santiago Diaz performs in a distinctive style, blending the best of Latin, classical, jazz, pop and flamenco music. A native of Oregon and of Peruvian decent, Diaz has performed across the USA and Latin America as both a soloist and chamber musician. Currently serving on the faculty of Portland State University and Portland Community College, Diaz is a member of the celebrated Portland Guitar Quartet. This Thursdays @ Three preview features selections from Robert Beaser’s much-loved Mountain Songs which portray various facets of Appalachian culture in a satisfying mix of Americana and nostalgia. Also on the program are Debussy’s famous flute solo Syrinx, a movement from local composer Bryan Johanson’s Spring, and Faure’s famous Pavanne.
June 16th, 2016 DUO Stephanie and Saar
Pianists Stephanie Ho and Saar Ahuvia collaborate as DUO Stephanie and Saar in performances noted for their artistic versatility, elegance and intellectual curiosity. As probing recording artists, the duo explores repertoire with concomitant classical and contemporary sensibilities. Stephanie and Saar are the artistic directors of Makrokosmos Project, a new music festival in Portland, Oregon dedicated to American music and performances by Oregon-based performers and composers. Saar, a native of Israel, studied at Israel’s Tel Aviv Academy and Switzerland’s Schaufhausen Conservatory before coming to the United States to pursue a Graduate Performance Diploma at Peabody Institute. Stephanie, of Taiwanese descent, grew up in Portland, Oregon before obtaining degrees from Oberlin College and Northwestern University. She received a Graduate Performance Diploma from Peabody Institute.
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Robert McBride: Senior Announcer
I 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 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: