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Cover image of Circles CD Dinnerstein encircles Bach, Glass

Posted June 1, 2018 by

American pianist Simone Dinnerstein’s newest CD pairs Bach’s Concerto in G minor with a newly-commissioned one by Philip Glass.  Ms. Dinnerstein shares the story of how she asked Mr. Glass for a new concerto, Bach’s influence on both... More

Youth Roving Reporters 2017/2018

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Youth Roving Reporters is All Classical Portland’s arts journalism mentorship program. 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... More

Cover of new Ravel CD Ravel’s “Choreographic Symphony”

Posted May 17, 2018 by

Kazem Abdullah is an American conductor (he hails from Indiana, studied at Tanglewood and Peabody), and was General-Musikdirektor of the Symphony Orchestra in Aachen, Germany from 2012 to 2017.  Maestro Abdullah has also been to Oregon:  About ten... More

Harry Rabinowitz

Posted May 3, 2018 by

On Tuesday, May 8, All Classical Portland will be naming its Music Library in honor of Harry Rabinowitz (1916-2016), a British conductor and composer known for his television and film music. Rabinowitz is best known for having conducted... More

Image of CD of Mozart Violin Sonatas Tomas Cotik explores Mozart

Posted April 30, 2018 by

Violinist Tomas Cotik, Assistant Violin Professor at Portland State University, is also an internationally-renowned concert and recording artist.  He has done extensive study of fellow Argentine Astor Piazzolla, in several acclaimed recordings (Naxos); a complete series of Schubert’s... More

Special Broadcast: 24th Annual Young Artists Debut!

Posted April 25, 2018 by

On Friday, May 4th at 7:30 pm, the winners of MetroArt’s 24th Van Buren Young Artists Debut! Competition will be performing in concert at Trinity Episcopal Church. Eight musicians, ages 11-21, will be performing with an orchestra made up of members of the Oregon Symphony... More

Debussy and the Poetic Image

Posted March 29, 2018 by

The 100th anniversary of Debussy’s death was this past March 25th. Debussy’s adventurous uses of harmony and orchestration would come to impact nearly every distinguished composer of the early and middle twentieth century. His music leaves behind classical... More

Women’s History Month: Florence Price

Posted March 7, 2018 by

As we wrap up Black History Month and open March with National Women’s History Month, we celebrate the life of Florence Beatrice Price (1887-1953), the first African-American woman to be recognized as a symphonic composer and to have a composition played by a... More