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How Instruments Are Built

Posted September 13, 2021 by

Early musical instruments were designed in the same manner as many other great inventions: by accident. After realizing that ordinary objects could create fascinating melodies, our earliest innovators began testing, shaping, and playing the tangible world around us.... More

Historic Buildings and Historic Performances

Posted September 9, 2021 by

If we think of music as a mirror of culture, then all music has something to tell us about ourselves and our history. Likewise, the places associated with this music—cities, landmarks, buildings—can teach us about our society and our past, and the powerful and lasting connections between... More

A Mighty Chinful: Great Moments in Composer Facial Hair

Posted September 2, 2021 by

In celebration of World Beard Day (observed every year on the first Saturday of September), Warren Black, your morning host at All Classical, felt it was time for a retrospective on some great moments in composers’ facial hair. That’s why he teamed up with Emma Riggle, All... More

Classical Sounds of Summer

Posted July 26, 2021 by

Warmth, reflection, and adventure: summer can be a time for all of these and more, and classical music has explored the season in all its expressions. From Vivaldi’s “Summer” from The Four Seasons, to Frederick Delius’s Summer Night on the River, the literature... More

John Pitman Review: Conspirare’s The Singing Guitar

Posted July 8, 2021 by

The Austin, Texas-based choir, Conspirare, give voice to poets and writers from across the spectrum of nationality and gender in their latest recording, The Singing Guitar. Founder and director, Craig Hella Johnson, commissioned new works from composers such... More

Where We Live: Queer Opera

Posted June 30, 2021 by

Tune in this Saturday at 5:15pm as we explore Queer Opera, an organization dedicated to telling queer stories through opera, through the Where We Live series. Founded in 2017 at Portland State University, Queer Opera is dedicated to... More

Dialogo: Debut by cellist John-Henry Crawford

Posted June 25, 2021 by

Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, cellist John-Henry Crawford has already made strides in the field of classical music, in one case as First Prize winner of the 2019 International Carlos Prieto Competition; and more recently with this debut release,... More

Music Exploring Queer Experiences

Posted June 23, 2021 by

This Pride Month, we would like to share with you a short playlist of 20th and 21st century music exploring queer experiences. In this list, you’ll find songs, operas, and a symphony: some by LGBTQ+ composers, some exploring LGBTQ+ characters.... More

Juneteenth at All Classical Portand

Posted June 18, 2021 by

Saturday, June 19th was the 156th anniversary of the day 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 African heritage.... More