August 30, 2016


Thursdays @ Three will be on break for the month of August 2016. Please check back in mid-August for September availability. 

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 8th, 2016   Rose City Trombones


We begin this next season of Thursdays at Three with the Rose City Trombones, a group of passionate musicians dedicated to showcasing the majestic Trombone.The ensemble’s members come from institutions including the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Portland Columbia Symphony, Portland Opera, Portland Wind Symphony, Big New Band, Second Wind Jazz and Big Horn Brass. Rose City Trombones play arrangements from Bach to Bacchanal and education outreach, open rehearsals, recordings and concerts are part of their design.

September 15th, 2016   Martha Long


Flutist Martha Conwell Long joins the Oregon Symphony as principal flute at the beginning of the 2016-2017 season. Previously she held the same position with the San Antonio Symphony for four seasons. Martha received her Bachelor of Music degree from The Colburn School in Los Angeles and continued her studies at the New England Conservatory in Boston, where she completed a Graduate Diploma as a student of Elizabeth Rowe, principal flute of the Boston Symphony. Before joining the San Antonio Symphony, Martha performed with two pre-professional training orchestras in Los Angeles. As an undergraduate at Colburn, she was named principal flute of the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra in Colorado, a position she held for three years until moving to San Antonio. Martha has also performed as a guest with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach and the Colorado Symphony in Denver. Martha’s commitment to teaching the next generation of musicians started in high school, when she volunteered to tutor younger flute students. She served as a teacher and mentor to young musicians through the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles and worked closely with the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio. In addition, Martha teaches private flute lessons to students of all ages.

September 22nd, 2016   Stephen Lancaster and Susan McDaniel


Described as “a fine storyteller” (American Record Guide), “varied in tone and alive to feeling” (Fanfare Magazine), Canadian baritone Stephen Lancaster engages audiences through diverse repertoire in concert, recital, and opera. He has been featured in venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and Chicago Cultural Center. Lancaster was the male winner and audience favorite in the Nico Castel International Master Singer Competition at Weill Recital Hall in 2013 and the central region winner in the NATS Artist Awards in 2012. Committed to teaching as well as performing, he is currently an Associate Professor of the Practice at the University of Notre Dame where he heads the graduate studio in voice. He is also active in sacred music, serving as Associate Organist and Choir Director at St. David of Wales Episcopal Church in Elkhart, Indiana. Lancaster will be joined by resident pianist Susan McDaniel.

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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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