Thursdays @ Three - Past Performances

MetroArts winner John Fawcett, Allen Vizzutti, Hamilton Cheifetz and Julia Hwakyu Lee

April 27th, 2017

Host Christa Wessel features one of the soloists of this year’s MetroArts Van Buren Competition, violinist John Fawcett. All of the finalists were selected from 34 semi-finalists at auditions held in January and will perform with Niel DePonte, Executive Artistic Director for MetroArts Inc. and an orchestra on May 9th. Additionally performing are world-renowned trumpeter Allen Vizzutti, the featured soloist for the Oregon Symphonic Band’s upcoming 30th anniversary performance. Cellist Hamilton Cheifetz and pianist Julia Hwakyu Lee will also make an appearance, sharing pieces by Ravel, Shostakovich and more.


Portland Opera La Bohème and Tomas Cotik

April 20th, 2017

Portland Opera will present a preview of their production of Giacomo Puccini’s ageless classic: La Bohème. Portland Opera’s production features the debuts of several talented artists, including the American debut of the exciting Italian tenor Giordano Lucá as Rodolfo. Violinist Tomas Cotik, Assistant Professor of Violin at Portland State University, has been hailed by Michael Tilson Thomas as “an excellent violinist.” Cotik has won many awards including first-prize at the National Broadcast Music Competition in his native Argentina in 1997, and is an avid recording artist.


Classical Up Close

April 13th, 2017

Classical Up Close is a cooperative effort by musicians of the Oregon Symphony Orchestra (OSO) and community partners to offer free chamber music concerts — performed by musicians from the OSO and select musician friends — in venues around the Portland metro area. Their preview performance on All Classical Portland includes Mendelssohn’s Sonata in F Major for Violin and Piano; Frank Doppler’s L’oiseau des Bois for Flute and Four Horns; Gordon Jacob’s Two Pieces for Two Oboes and Cor Anglais; and Charles Ives’ String Quartet No. 1. This performance is not to be missed!

3:37 pm String Quartet No. 1, From the Salvation Army, Charles Ives, Greg Ewer, violin; Sarah Kwak, violin; Vali Phillips, viola; Nancy Ives, cello

3:30 pm Two Pieces for Two Oboes and Cor Anglais, Gordon Jacob, Marty Hébert, oboe; Karen Wagner, oboe; Kyle Mustain, English horn

3:21 pm L’Oiseau des Bois (the woodland bird), Op. 21, Franz Doppler, Martha Long, flute; Joe Berger, Mary Grant, Graham Kingsbury, and Alicia Waite, French horn

3:01 pm Violin Sonata in F Major, Felix Mendelssohn, Sarah Kwak, violin; Cary Lewis, piano


Amelia Lukas and Susan DeWitt Smith

April 6th, 2017

Join flutist Amelia Lukas and pianist Susan DeWitt Smith for a preview of their upcoming performance, “Songs of Spring” taking place at Music in the Woods this Saturday afternoon. For this iteration, they will perform lush and lovely offerings by French composers Faure, Satie and Pessard, and the heavily French influenced master of the piano, Chopin. Lukas and Smith regularly appear with such ensembles as 45th Parallel, Fear No Music, Chamber Music Northwest, and Third Angle.

3:36 pm Thursday, April 6th, 2017, Andalouse, Emile Pessard, Amelia Lukas, flute; Susan Dewitt Smith, piano

3:30 pm Thursday, April 6th, 2017, Waltz in C-sharp minor, Op. 64, No. 2, Frederic Chopin, Susan Dewitt Smith, piano

3:23 pm Thursday, April 6th, 2017, Fantasie, Op. 79, Gabriel Fauré, Amelia Lukas, flute; Susan Dewitt Smith, piano

3:15 pm Thursday, April 6th, 2017, Trois Gymnopédies, Erik Satie, arr. Sylvia C. Rosin, Amelia Lukas, flute; Susan Dewitt Smith, piano

3:02 pm Thursday, April 6th, 2017, Ballade No. 1, Op. 23, Frederic Chopin, Susan Dewitt Smith, piano


Neave Piano Trio and Peter Sheridan

March 30th, 2017

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.

3:45 pm Estaciones Porteñas (The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires), Astor Piazzolla, Neave Trio

3:35 pm Piano Trio No. 2 in B flat, Op. 65, Arthur Foote, Neave Trio

3:26 pm Cafe Music, Paul Schoenfield, Neave Trio

3:19 pm Forest Over Sea, Carolyn Morris, Peter Sheridan, bass flute; Phyllis Louke, alto flute; Cary Lewis, piano

3:10 pm Sonata, Op.99, Andrew Downes, Peter Sheridan, contrabass flute; Cary Lewis, piano

3:01 pm Dark Star, Gary Schocker, Peter Sheridan, bass flute; Cary Lewis, piano


Portland Symphonic Girlchoir

March 23rd, 2017

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.

3:24 pm I Will Find a Way, Jim Papoulis, Rodney Menn, piano, Portland Symphonic Girlchoir, Encore Singers

3:17 pm Look To This Day, Amy C. Burgess, Rodney Menn, piano, Portland Symphonic Girlchoir, Encore Singers

3:11 pm Lake Isle of Innisfree, Eleanor Daley, Rodney Menn, piano, Portland Symphonic Girlchoir, Encore Singers

3:02 pm Gershwin for Girls, George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, Arr. Teena Chinn, Kay Doyle, piano, Portland Symphonic Girlchoir, Encore Singers


Portland State Chamber Choir

March 16th, 2017

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.

3:31 pm Hallelujah, Leonard Cohen, arr. Ethan Sperry, The Portland State Chamber Choir, Dr. Ethan Sperry

3:23 pm A City Called Heaven, Gospel arr. Josephine Poelinitz, The Portland State Chamber Choir, Dr. Ethan Sperry

3:21 pm The Battle of Jericho, Spiritual, arr. Moses Hogan, The Portland State Chamber Choir, Dr. Ethan Sperry

3:10 pm Os justi (The mouth of the righteous), Anton Bruckner, The Portland State Chamber Choir, Dr. Ethan Sperry

3:02 pm All-Night Vigil Op. 37, Sergei Rachmaninoff, The Portland State Chamber Choir, Dr. Ethan Sperry


Portland Baroque Orchestra

March 9th, 2017

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.

3:29 pm The Fairy Queen, Z.629, Henry Purcell, Suzie LeBlanc, soprano; Monica Huggett, violin; Carla Moore, violin; Victoria Gunn, viola; Joanna Blendulf, violoncello/viola da gamba; John Lenti, theorbo

3:20 pm Full Fathom Five, John Banister, Suzie LeBlanc, soprano; John Lenti, lute

3:18 pm Incidental Music to The Tempest, Matthew Locke, Monica Huggett, violin; Carla Moore, violin; Victoria Gunn, viola; Joanna Blendulf, violoncello; John Lenti, theorbo

3:15 pm Arise, ye subterranean winds, Pietro Reggio, Suzie LeBlanc, soprano; John Lenti, theorbo; Joanna Blendulf, violoncello

3:10 pm Where the Bee Sucks, Pelham Humfrey, Suzie LeBlanc, soprano; John Lenti, lute; Joanna Blendulf, violoncello

3:09 pm Kemp’s Jig, Anonymous, John Lenti, lute

3:07 pm Where the Bee Sucks, Robert Johnson, Suzie LeBlanc, soprano; John Lenti, lute

3:01 pm Incidental Music to The Tempest, Matthew Locke, Monica Huggett, violin; Carla Moore, violin; Victoria Gunn, viola; Joanna Blendulf, violoncello; John Lenti, theorbo


Cary Lewis, Adam Trussell, and Louis DeMartino

March 2nd, 2017

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.

3:29 pm Trio pathétique in D minor, Mikhail Glinka, Louis DeMartino, clarinet; Adam Trussell, bassoon; Cary Lewis, piano

3:14 pm Variations in G minor, William Hurlstone, Louis DeMartino, clarinet; Adam Trussell, bassoon; Cary Lewis, piano

3:01 pm Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 38, Ludwig van Beethoven, Louis DeMartino, clarinet; Adam Trussell, bassoon; Cary Lewis, piano


David Saffert and the Resonance Ensemble

February 23rd, 2017

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.

3:01pm La Diva de l’Empire, Erik Satie, Vakarė Petroliūnaitė, soprano

3:06pm We are women from Candide, Leonard Bernstein, Vakarė Petroliūnaitė, soprano; Beth Madsen Bradford, mezzo soprano

3:10pm Ford’s Dream, from Falstaff, Giuseppe Verdi, Erik Hundtoft, baritone

3:16pm Chopsticks, Euphemia Allen, David Saffert, piano

3:21pm Me from Beauty and the Beast, Alan Menken, Stacey Murdock, baritone

3:24pm Agony from Into the Woods, Stephen Sondheim, Stacey Murdock, baritone; Erik Hundtoft, baritone

3:32pm Boogie Woogie, Liberace – original version by Pinetop Smith, David Saffert, piano

3:36pm A Modest Maid (I Love Lechery), Marc Blitzstein, Beth Madsen Bradford, mezzo soprano

3:40pm I’ll Be Seeing You, Liberace, David Saffert, vocals and piano

3:42pm We’ll Meet Again, Ross Parker and Hughie Charles, Vakarė Petroliūnaitė, soprano; Beth Madsen Bradford, mezzo soprano; Erik Hundtoft, baritone; Stacey Murdock, baritone