Thursdays @ Three - Past Performances

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.

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.

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.

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.

Inés Voglar Belgique and Lily Afshar

February 16th, 2017

Violinist Inés Voglar Belgique was born to a Slovenian family in Venezuela, where she studied music under the program “El Sistema” and violin with Roberto Valdes.  She came to the United States in 1996 to complete her undergraduate and graduate studies from Duquesne University and Carnegie Mellon University with then-Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Andrés Cárdenes. Before joining the Oregon Symphony in 2004, she played two seasons with the Pittsburgh Symphony as an extra musician, including national and European tours. Lily Afshar is a guitar virtuosa who brings passion to her performance. Acclaimed as “one of the world’s foremost classical guitarists” according to Public Radio International, she is the only classical guitarist in the world who blends excellent formal training in the United States and Europe with the rich cultural heritage of Persia to bring audiences an extraordinary musical experience. Inés and Lily will be joined by members of the Lewis & Clark College music faculty.

Scott Kritzer and Portland Opera

February 9th, 2017

Portland Opera will preview their season with performances of selections by Claudio Monteverdi. The Opera artists will be joined by guitarist Scott Kritzer, who’s consummate commitment to technical excellence as the solid structure beneath an unparalleled sense of musicality has brought him over two decades of accolades from audiences and critics alike.

Anderson & Roe Piano Duo

February 2nd, 2017

Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe are revolutionizing the piano duo experience for the 21st century. Hailed as “the most dynamic duo of this generation” (San Francisco Classical Voice) and “rock stars of the classical music world” (Miami Herald), the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo has appeared on NPR and MTV, recorded Billboard chart-topping albums, toured worldwide as recitalists and orchestral soloists, and released Emmy nominated, self-produced music videos viewed by millions.

Miró Quartet

January 26th, 2017

The Miró Quartet is one of the world’s most celebrated and dedicated string quartets, having been labeled by The New Yorker as “furiously committed” and noted by the Cleveland Plain-Dealer for their “exceptional tonal focus and interpretive intensity.” For the past twenty years they have performed throughout the world on the most prestigious concert stages, earning accolades from critics and audiences alike. Based in Austin, TX, and thriving on the area’s storied music scene, the Miró takes pride in finding new ways to communicate with audiences of all backgrounds while honoring the longstanding tradition of chamber music. Formed in 1995, the Miró Quartet was awarded first prize at several national and international competitions, including the Banff International String Quartet Competition and the Naumburg Chamber Music Competition. Since 2003 the Miró has served as the Faculty Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Texas at Austin’s Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music.

Chameleon Winds

January 19th, 2017

Flutist Abby Mages, oboist Alan Juza, clarinetist Sean Kelleher, bassoonist Nicole Buetti and French horn player Daniel Partridge make up Chameleon Winds, a colorful wind quintet. They will perform well-loved music by Milhaud and Poulenc, and well as a piece by the bassoon player!

Alban Gerhardt

January 12th, 2017

All Classical Portland is extremely excited to welcome Alban Gerhardt, one of the greatest cellists of our time, to Thursdays @ Three in advance of his upcoming performances with the Oregon Symphony. His sound is unmistakable and his interpretations of the repertoire are distinguished in their originality. The cello starts to sing under his hands, standard works are newly discovered and unknown pieces are brought to life again. Gerhardt fascinates audiences with the combination of an unerring musical instinct, intense emotionality and a natural, arresting stage presence. Of particular concern for him is his desire to help audiences break with old listening and concert habits and to draw younger audiences to classical music through pioneering projects such as his collaboration with Deutsche Bahn on the main commuter routes in Germany. Alban was the Artist-in-Residence at the Oregon Symphony from 2012-15.