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.
October 8th, 2015 Ola Gjeilo & Thomas Barber
Frequent collaborators Ola Gjeilo and Thomas Barber bring us a unique instrumental program for trumpet and piano. Norwegian composer/pianist Ola Gjeilo, now based in New York City, draws inspiration from movies and cinematic music. Thomas Barber has been active as both a trumpeter and composer since hitting the New York scene in 2004. As a composer, he has written scores for over twenty independent films and t.v. shows.
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October 15th, 2015 Paul Galbraith
Scottish guitarist Paul Galbraith will give us a preview of his recital the following night at Marylhurst University. Internationally renowned as a brilliant innovator of the classical guitar, Galbraith has been working since the 1980s towards expanding the technical limits of his instrument. One of his great gifts to guitar music is his work as an arranger, which is partly by necessity, as he performs on a unique instrument. By exchanging the traditional guitar for the eight-string Brahms Guitar, which he helped to develop, Galbraith found the ideal instrument with which to interpret the challenging Classical transcriptions from his repertoire.
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October 22nd, 2015 Lara Downes
American pianist, writer and producer Lara Downes has been called “a delightful artist with a unique blend of musicianship and showmanship” by NPR. Known for her eclectic presentations of the piano repertoire – from iconic favorites to newly-commissioned works – her performances bridge musical genres and traditions, and engage a wide range of audiences. Born in San Francisco and raised in Europe, Downes’ musical outlook reflects the diversity of her personal heritage and extensive travels. Her interest in connecting music to a wide and inclusive breadth of human experience mines her own mixed African American and Eastern European background and the impressions of her transatlantic adventures. This has led to a unique range of creative projects, from an exploration of the music of Jewish composers in exile to a chart-topping centenary tribute to Billie Holiday.
October 29th, 2015 Julia Lee
Julia Hwakyu Lee, pianist, has performed solo and chamber music in New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Portland, Toronto and cities in Korea including Seoul. Dr. Lee is on the faculties of The University of Portland and Portland State University. She has been a soloist with University of Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, Korean Chamber Orchestra, Portland’s Columbia Symphony, and recently with UP Community Orchestra. As an active adjudicator, she adjudicated NW Chopin competition and Simon-Fiset competition in Seattle, WA. Dr.Lee received her Doctor in Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the University of Wisconsin, Master in Music from Korean National University of Arts, and Bachelor in Music from Yonsei University, Seoul.
November 5th, 2015 Christina Kobb
Pianist Christina Kobb is currently Head of Theory at Barratt Due Institute of Music (BDM) in Oslo. She holds degrees from the Norwegian Academy of Music, and the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague in fortepiano performance, and received a one-year studentship to Cornell University to study Malcolm Bilson. A keen educator, she lectures at BDM and the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo and she also enjoys being a collaborative pianist with students on occasion. Christina’s primary research interest and current favorite repertoire is music of the early 19th century. Her work on the reconstruction of historical piano technique is about to result in a PhD thesis on how the piano technique of 1820s Vienna changes the interpretation and musical expression of this music.
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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: