Once again, All Classical Portland brings listeners the live performance of A Festival of 9 Lessons and Carols on Christmas Eve from King’s College Chapel, Cambridge. This service has been broadcast since 1928 and now reaches millions around the world. Always opening with “Once in Royal David’s City,” it includes a newly-commissioned carol every year. The program airs at… More
David York directs in this free event. Scores will be provided or participants are welcome to bring their own. There are no soloists; everyone sings all the choruses. Prelude entertainment will be provided by students of Michael Allen Harrison, and doors open at 6:30 p.m. December 18 at 8 p.m. at Central Lutheran Church, 1820 N.E. 21st Avenue in Portland.
Portland Revels presents Celtic Crossing, a celebration of the Winter Solstice. This year, Revels transports audiences to the late 19th century, aboard one of the last immigrant sailing ships to cross the Atlantic from Ireland to New York. To properly say goodbye to their past, the travelers decide to hold an American Wake, a traditional send-off… More
This weekend’s live broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera features a production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, with a cast that includes Kristine Opolais, Maria Zifchak and Roberto Alagna. Karel Mark Chichon conducts. Preceding the 10 a.m. performance, Brandi Parisi and Portland Opera General Director Christopher Mattaliano discuss the work and opera in general during their monthly half-hour segment, Backstage… More
Indulging in pleasurable activities is sometimes described in the context of good vs. bad. But is it all or nothing where the brain is concerned? When are healthy pleasures susceptible to harmful effects? The Oregon Health & Science University Brain Institute’s 2016 Brain Awareness Season will delve into the science behind three very popular pastimes: alcohol, gaming, and marijuana. The two… More
The Harlem Quartet explore the commonalities between classical and jazz, while astronomy, theater and music meet in a multimedia theater piece called The Overview Effect. Finally, we preview the annual performance by the Northwest Horn Orchestra. The program airs at 6 p.m. on April 14.
Portland Playhouse presents Mia Chung’s play, which follows two sisters who have nothing left but each other as they move from North Korea to China to the United States. Junhee races to the future at the fast pace of American culture, which she nonetheless finds alien and excessive, while Minjee searches for hope in the… More
Friends of Chamber Music brings to town this ensemble, praised by the New York Times for its “panache.” Founded in 2006 by The Sphinx Organization, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to building diversity in classical music and providing access to music education in underserved communities, the quartet’s mission is to advance diversity in classical music,… More
This past March 12 and 14, the Oregon Symphony featured concertmaster Sarah Kwak as soloist in the Portland premiere of Ernest Bloch’s sumptuous Violin Concerto. Listen to senior announcer Robert McBride moderate a panel discussion about the piece with violinist and scholar Joshua Friedlander, Cellist and performer of Bloch’s music, Hamilton Cheifetz, and Bloch’s grandson, Ernest Bloch II… More
On the next Club Mod, host Robert McBride previews The Overview Effect, a multi-media event by the Bridgetown Orchestra that lifts off this week at Portland Center Stage. Inspired by the writings of astronaut Edgar Mitchell, local composer Tyler Neist has taken the concept of the overview effect — a cognitive shift in awareness experienced during spaceflight… More