Each week, All Classical Portland presents Thursdays @ Three, live broadcast concerts showcasing local musicians, arts partners, and visiting artists. 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.
February 23rd, 2017 David Saffert and the Resonance Ensemble
The Resonance Ensemble will present selections from their show entitled “Dirty Stupid Music”. The Resonance Ensemble is an outstanding professional vocal ensemble committed to innovative programming of exceptional music, exciting performances that engage and inspire listeners, and extraordinary vocal sound. Since its founding in 2009, Resonance has performed bold and adventurous repertoire ranging from medieval chant to Bach to Ellington and is equally unafraid to tackle wild, new music. Pianist David Saffert hosts as “Mr. Showmanship,” bringing to life that incomparable stage presence which made audiences swoon for decades: Liberace.
March 2nd, 2017 Cary Lewis, Adam Trussell, and Louis DeMartino
Pianist Cary Lewis, bassoonist Adam Trussell, and clarinetist Louis DeMartino will join Robert for this broadcast. All members of Classical Up Close, the musicians will perform solos and trios and speak about upcoming concerts.
March 9th, 2017 Portland Baroque Orchestra
Since its founding in the early 1980s, the Portland Baroque Orchestra has matured into a polished, professional organization within the ranks of the best period orchestras in North America and Europe, making music come alive on period instruments. Monica Huggett has been the group’s artistic director for twenty years and is considered one of the premier baroque violinists. Ms. Huggett will be joined by Suzie LeBlanc, John Lenti, Vicki Gunn, Carla Moore, and Johanna Blendulf.
Sorry, seating is no longer available for this concert.
March 16th, 2017 Portland State Chamber Choir
The PSU Chamber Choir is the top choral ensemble at Portland State. Since its founding in 1975, the Chamber Choir has performed and competed in venues across the country and around the world. In February, 2011 the Chamber Choir collaborated with Portland-born composer Morten Lauridsen, who described their singing as “an absolutely top-notch superb display of choral artistry.” The Choir is led by Ethan Sperry, Director of Choral Activities at Portland State University and Artistic Director and Conductor of Oregon Repertory Singers.
March 23rd, 2017 Portland Symphonic Girlchoir
Now in their 27th season, PSG singers experience the challenge of mastering complex and exciting music; make lifelong friends in a unique musical community; work with world-class choirs, composers, and conductors; and perform beautifully. Under the direction of Founding Artistic and Executive Director Roberta Q. Jackson and Co-Conductor & Vocal Coach Debra D. Burgess, each Girlchoir ensemble enjoys the benefit of a unique collaborative approach using the artistry and skillful teaching of both conductors.
March 30th, 2017 Neave Piano Trio and Peter Sheridan
Hailed by critics for its “bright and radiant music making” (Robert Sherman, WQXR Radio), the Neave Trio has been described as “A revelation” (San Diego Story) and “A brilliant trio…” (MusicWeb International). The Trio is fast distinguishing itself as an ambassador of music to a wider audience through innovative concert presentations and has been enjoying tremendous international success on concert series and at festivals worldwide. The Trio will be joined by flutist Peter Sheridan. As a ‘low flutes’ specialist, Sheridan has commissioned, promoted and collaborated on numerous projects featuring these large flutes. With compositions for Alto, Bass, Albisiphone, Contrabass, Sub-Contrabass and Hyperbass flutes he has inspired a thriving new repertoire for these instruments and has ignited a growing interest in their exciting sounds and flexible abilities both as ensemble members and center stage soloist(s). He currently lives in Melbourne Australia, and is a active Teaching Associate for the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music-Monash University, where he is director the University Flute Ensemble.
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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: