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Juneteenth at All Classical Portand

Posted June 18, 2021 by

This Saturday, June 19th, is the 156th anniversary of the day that news of emancipation finally reached the westernmost area of the former Confederate states in Galveston Bay, Texas. On All Classical Portland, we’re honoring this Juneteenth with music by African-American composers, and other composers of... More

Where We Live: Transpose PDX

Posted June 10, 2021 by

Tune in this Saturday at 5:15pm as we explore Transpose PDX, Portland’s transgender and non-binary choirs, through the Where We Live series. Transpose PDX’s mission is to empower their community by creating a brave and accountable space to... More

Balkan Guitarist Miloš Debuts New Guitar Concertos

Posted June 8, 2021 by

Montenegro-born, and London-based classical guitarist Miloš, celebrates his 10th anniversary with the recording label Decca by releasing The Moon and the Forest, which includes two concertos written for him. Miloš (whose full name is Miloš Karadaglić), asked two... More

The Songs of Lili‘uokalani, Queen of Hawai‘i

Posted May 26, 2021 by

Lili‘uokalani (1838-1917) was the Queen Regnant of Hawai‘i from 1891-1893, and was the nation’s last monarch. During her reign, she resisted the annexation of Hawai‘i by the United States, and after the coup that deposed her, she remained dedicated to the interests of the Hawaiian people.   A trained singer, choir director and... More

Simone Dinnerstein’s “An American Mosaic”

Posted May 17, 2021 by

John’s latest conversation with American pianist Simone Dinnerstein on her second recording made at home during the pandemic: An American Mosaic. The title is for the multi-movement piece written for her by Richard Danielpour who, finding himself isolated... More

A Playlist of Music by Jewish-American Women

Posted May 12, 2021 by

Composers, teachers, performers, conductors, singers, and cantors: the outstanding contributions of Jewish women to American music are ubiquitous. May is Jewish-American Heritage Month, and as part of our celebration at All Classical Portland, we hope you enjoy this playlist of music by remarkable... More

Where We Live: Outside The Frame

Posted April 29, 2021 by

Tune in this Saturday at 5:15pm as we explore Outside the Frame, a program that teaches filmmaking to youth experiencing houselessness, through the Where We Live series. Outside the Frame is an independent nonprofit that offers a model educational... More

An Emily Dickinson Playlist

Posted April 26, 2021 by

Music is a natural complement to the poetry of Emily Dickinson (1830-1886). Her lyrical voice is often cast in the singable meters of American hymnody: for example, just try singing this Dickinson text to the tune of “Amazing... More

Songbirds of Oregon

Posted April 21, 2021 by

From the Gorge to Mt. Hood, the Alvord Desert to Crater Lake, Oregon provides unique geological and ecological sites with incredible diversity in flora and fauna.  Even with nature all around us, we can sometimes forget to appreciate... More

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor is “Uncovered”

Posted April 19, 2021 by

Program Director John Pitman talks with violinist Karla Donehew Perez, of Catalyst Quartet, about the exciting new project they launched in January called “Uncovered”, focusing on underrepresented composers in classical music. Volume 1 sheds light on three beautiful... More