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 30th, 2016 Portland Opera Eugene Onegin preview
Portland Opera previews their production of Eugene Onegin, which opens on July 8th. Eugene Onegin is the La Bohème of Russia. This is a new production, directed Kevin Newbury, who directed Galileo Galilei for Portland Opera in 2012. When Tatiana’s world is first interrupted by Onegin, it is the early 1980s. By the time she meets him again in St. Petersburg it is 1990 – a year after the fall of communism. This setting raises the stakes for the two young lovers and their friends, and it provides a modern context for Tchaikovsky’s “seven lyrical scenes,” with themes that truly are universal and contemporary. The Opera soloists will be joined by pianists Nicholas Fox and David Saffert.
July 7th, 2016 Zorá String Quartet
Chamber Music Northwest presents The Zorá String Quartet, which has won many awards including First Prize in the 2015 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and the Sander Buchman Award, which sponsored their New York debut. The Quartet was also named the Grand Prize and Gold Medal Winner of the 42nd Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the Coleman-Barstow Prize winner at the Coleman National Chamber Music Competition in 2015. The Zorá Quartet has performed in U.S., Canada, and Europe and as a result of winning the Fischoff Competition, they toured the Midwest and will appear at the 2016 Emilia Romagna Festival in Italy. Zorá String Quartet members hold graduate degrees in performance and chamber music from the Jacobs School of Music in Indiana University. The Zorá Quartet aspires to educate individual students, serve as a mentor for collegiate-level string quartets of Indiana University, and initiate active outreach projects in Bloomington to introduce new audiences to chamber music. The Quartet is made up of violinists Dechopol Kowintaweewat and Seula Lee, violist Pablo Muñoz Salido and cellist Zizai Ning.
July 14th, 2016 Portland Opera The Italian Girl in Algiers preview & Cambria String Quartet
Portland Opera previews their production of The Italian Girl in Algiers, which opens on July 22nd. This opera is Rossini’s wildest and craziest comedy, full of music with boundless energy and incredibly virtuosic singing. The “Italian Girl” Isabella is shipwrecked on the Algerian coast, where the soldiers of chieftain Mustafà capture her. As soon as Mustafà sees her, he decides to discard his current wife in favor of the exotic foreigner. As it so happens, Isabella’s lover Lindoro was captured by Mustafà earlier and they are soon reunited. Through madcap schemes worthy of the Marx Brothers, Isabella manages to bamboozle Mustafà and his entire army, and so escapes back to Italy with Lindoro. The Opera soloists will be joined by The Cambria String Quartet. The Quartet features musicians from the Portland Opera Orchestra: Nelly Kovalev, Shelly Mathewson, Tatiana Kolchanova, and Katherine Schultz.
July 21st, 2016 Hilda Huang and Melvin Chen
Chamber music Northwest presents pianists Hilda Huang and Melvin Chen. Critics have hailed nineteen year old Huang a “phenomenon” and she has been praised for a “mind [that] can multi-task and … ears [that] can ‘multi-listen.’” She has the distinction of being both the youngest pianist and first American pianist to have received top prizes in the Leipzig (2014), Würzburg (2010), and Tureck (2010) International Bach Competitions. Her work with Bach has garnered features on Discovery Channel’s Curiosity.com, BigThink, NPR’s and PBS’s From the Top, and Michael Lawrence’s documentary film, Bach and Friends. She is a rising fourth-year Chemistry major at Yale College and studies the piano with Melvin Chen, who will be joining her for this broadcast. A native of Tennessee, Chen is recognized as an important artist, having received acclaim for performances throughout the United States and abroad. Mr. Chen’s performances have been featured on radio and television stations around the globe, including KBS television and radio in Korea, NHK television in Japan, and NPR in the United States. An enthusiastic chamber musician, Mr. Chen has collaborated with such artists as Ida Kavafian, David Shifrin, and Peter Wiley; with the Shanghai, Tokyo, Miami, Penderecki, and Miro quartets; and in contemporary music collaborations.
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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.
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