March 17, 2018

Welcome to insights and perspectives from those who make this service great. Contributors include, interns, on-air staff, management, and special CD reviews from our Music Director, John Pitman. As the music director, with over 30 years of broadcast experience, John auditions dozens of new releases every month, focusing on titles that stand out in terms of performance, repertoire or recording quality.

Latest Blog Posts

Music and the Brain: Music and Memory

Posted January 10, 2018 by

The past which is not recoverable in any other way is embedded, as if in amber, in the music, and people can regain a sense of identity. . . — Oliver Sacks In our last two posts investigating... More

Winter Songs by Ola Gjeilo

Posted January 4, 2018 by

One of the highlights in our recent, four-day Festival of Carols, was this new recording by Norwegian-born composer, Ola Gjeilo (YAY-lo). Mr. Gjeilo’s inspiration is varied, going back to his youth: classical, jazz, film music, and also non-musical... More

Avital Meets Avital

Posted December 8, 2017 by

Avi Avital is an Israeli mandolinist, and Deutsche Grammophon artist, who is most accustomed to playing classical works such as those of Vivaldi (in 2015, I interviewed Mr. Avital about his Vivaldi in Venice CD, which can still... More

Holiday Programming Details

Posted December 6, 2017 by

All Classical Portland continues to bring a richness to the season with special holiday programming features. Throughout the month of December, the hosts of All Classical Portland weave together a calming and uplifting Tapestry of Holiday Sounds which gracefully reflects... More

Fantasia (violinist Anne Akiko Meyers)

Posted November 16, 2017 by

American violinist Anne Akiko Meyers has long loved the works of Finnish composer, Einojuhani Rautavaara.  For years, Meyers dreamed of commissioning a work from him for her instrument.  In 2014, she reached out to the composer, who responded... More

Youth Roving Reporters 2017/18

Posted November 7, 2017 by

As part of JOY (Joyous Outreach to You/th), six young people have been selected as Youth Roving Reporters for All Classical Portland in order to learn key storytelling skills and emerge as arts ambassadors for their communities. The All... More

The Beauty of JOY

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While working on my blog post series that discusses events and organizations who are dedicated to bettering our community through classical music, I am inspired yet again by a project All Classical Portland has taken on. This weekend... More

Tomás Cotik: Piazzolla Legacy

Posted November 1, 2017 by

Violinist Tomás Cotik (toh-MAHSS ko-TEEK), Assistant Professor of Violin at Portland State University, was born in Argentina.  But that doesn’t mean that he grew up loving the tango.  It took living in another country – Germany, to be... More