December 04, 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.

December 8th, 2016   Scott Kritzer


After his debut at Carnegie Hall, the New York Times reviewed guitarist Scott Kritzer as “…intelligent and self-assured…with a sure technique and a musical sensitivity, he created an inner life in his playing, a thinking and caring musician.” Kritzer’s consummate commitment to technical excellence as the solid structure beneath an unparalleled sense of musicality brought him over two decades of accolades from audiences and critics alike. He has been featured in Japan’s Guitar Magazine, London’s Classical Guitar Magazine and Guitar International. As a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Mr. Kritzer studied with Michael Lorimer and Aaron Shearer and in master classes with renowned guitarists such as Eliot Fisk and David Russell. Hailed a “champion of the living American composer”, by David Maclaine of The Willamette Week, Mr. Kritzer has premiered newly commissioned works for guitar in virtually every major US city. He has also served as Artistic Director to one of America’s oldest and most popular contemporary chamber groups, The Third Angle Ensemble.

Holiday Food Drive: All Classical Portland is running a Holiday Food Drive, collecting donations for the Oregon Food Bank, now through December 21st. If you would like to participate, please bring sealed, non-perishable food items to place in our collection barrels. Items should be nutritious and commercially produced rather than homemade. Thank you for your generosity!

Sorry, seating is no longer available for this concert.

December 15th, 2016   Pacific Youth Choir Chamber Choir and Soloists


With more than 280 students representing over 60 Portland metro area schools, Pacific Youth Choir is widely acclaimed as one of the finest choral programs on the West Coast. Now in its eleventh season, PYC remains true to its core values and artistic goals: to  connect every singer in every choir to a higher awareness of life through music—touching choristers’ lives in positive ways that they take back to their families and communities. The atmosphere is collaborative, joyful, and disciplined. Chamber Choir singers are dedicated, talented members of Pacific who are capable of and ready to work at an extremely intense musical level.

Holiday Food Drive: All Classical Portland is running a Holiday Food Drive, collecting donations for the Oregon Food Bank, now through December 21st. If you would like to participate, please bring sealed, non-perishable food items to place in our collection barrels. Items should be nutritious and commercially produced rather than homemade. Thank you for your generosity!

December 22nd, 2016   No Live Broadcast

Festival of Carols

There will not be a live broadcast due to All Classical Portland’s Festival of Carols, which runs December 22-25.
The Festival is four days of the most beautiful, traditional carols of the season – performed by the great choirs of the world, as well as top classical soloists and orchestras. All Classical Portland weaves an elegant tapestry of joyful and comforting songs to perfectly enhance your holiday. Offering a peaceful alternative to the sounds one might encounter elsewhere, these four days represent a carefully curated mix of music you won’t hear outside of All Classical Portland’s programming. Wall to wall comfort & joy!

December 29th, 2016   Best of Thursdays @ Three


Celebrate the holidays with a program highlighting some of the very best performances we have featured on Thursdays @ Three!

Please note, there will not be a live broadcast on this day

January 5th, 2017   Nicholas Crosa and Pansy Chang


This program will feature Pink Martini’s Pansy Chang and Nicholas Crosa. Cellist Pansy Chang is presently Associate Professor of Violoncello at Miami University of Ohio. She has performed in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and concerto appearances include performances with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC, the Oregon Symphony, and regional orchestras in the Washington, DC and Portland metropolitan areas. Ms. Chang was awarded a Fulbright Grant for study in the United Kingdom, and was a semi-finalist in the 1993 Leonard Rose International Cello Competition. Violinist Nicholas Crosa first appeared as a soloist at age 11 with the Portland Festival Symphony. His international debut occurred in 1996 when he performed a recital series as a guest of the Conservatory of Music of the City of Buenos Aires, in Argentina. He was a scholarship student of the late Dorothy De Lay and Won Bin Yim at the Juilliard School in New York. Nicholas joined Pink Martini in 2005. Thomas Lauderdale, Pink Martini’s band leader and pianist, describes the group as “…a rollicking around-the-world musical adventure…if the United Nations had a house band in 1962, hopefully we’d be that band.”


Sorry, seating is no longer available for this concert.

January 12th, 2017   Lara Downes


Pianist Lara Downes’ whole life has been a blending of traditions, styles, cultures, and genres. Not satisfied with being one of the preeminent pianists of her generation, Lara courageously dons and then sheds labels like “classical” or “eclectic” as freely as she engages audiences of all ages with her charismatic presence, intellectual curiosity, and masterful command of her artistic voice. She wants to create experiences that bring 19th and 20th century traditions firmly into the present for 21st century audiences. She is a trailblazer onstage and off. She is also a writer, a broadcaster, a mentor and a role model who understands that music is a dialogue between artist and audience, as everyday life is a balance between speaking and listening, giving and receiving. Born in San Francisco and raised in Europe, Lara’s interest in connecting music to a wide and inclusive breadth of human experience mines her own mixed African American and Eastern European background and her peripatetic upbringing. Her playing has been called “ravishing” by Fanfare magazine, and “luscious, moody and dreamy” by the The New York Times.

January 19th, 2017   Chameleon Winds

Chameleon Quintet

Flutist Abby Mages, oboist Alan Juza, clarinetist Sean Kelleher, bassoonist Nicole Buetti and French horn player Daniel Partridge make up Chameleon Winds, a colorful wind quintet.



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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