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Classical music has been the focus of my work and passion since I was given the opportunity to study cello at a young age through a free arts education program in northern California. Having experienced the transformational power of the arts in my own life, I’ve dedicated my career to providing the same for others.

When not working, I’m wandering through thrift stores, listening to classic hip hop, grabbing a bite at the food carts and spending time with my family.

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Latest blog entries from Arianna Avena:

John Pitman Review: World premiere of Ethel Smyth’s only symphony

Dame Ethel Smyth (1858-1944), is arguably the most important female composer of the 20th century, and more and more, becoming established as a major figure in classical music. Yet despite the inherent quality of her works, the great range of genres (her opera, The Wreckers, was the only opera by a female composer performed at… More

2020 Artists in Residence Recital Broadcast

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the recording of All Classical Portland’s 2020 Artists in Residence Recital! If you missed the broadcast, you can listen on-demand on our Audio Archive to hear what flutist Adam Eccleston and pianist Natalie Tan have prepared, just for you. Photos of Adam Eccleston by Naim Hassan. Photos of Natalie Tan… More

Portland Music Therapy

Portland Music Therapy is a branch of The Sage Center, a Holistic Health community of Alternative Health Specialists, that focuses on using Neurologic Music Therapy techniques to achieve non-musical goals like improved socialization and communication skills. They incorporate evidence-based research and individualized, quantifiable goals and objectives. They specialize in working with individuals on the autism… More

Announcing New Radio Host and Producer Raúl Gómez-Rojas

All Classical Portland is thrilled to announce that Raúl Gómez-Rojas, best known as the passionate, talented, and dedicated Music Director of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony, will join the station’s on-air team as a contributing host of On Deck with Young Musicians. In 2018 Christa Wessel, suggested having contributing hosts and producers for On Deck. The… More

Classical Music To Study To

If you’re searching for that perfect playlist to study to before a big final, while writing your thesis, or just enjoying the companionship of a good book, you may have just found it. As All Classical Portland’s 2020 Young Artist in Residence, one of my goals is to share my love for this music with… More

All Classical Portland Announces New Commissions and World Premiere Broadcast

On November 19, 2020, All Classical Portland will broadcast the world premiere of two new works, commissioned by the station in June: a string quartet by composer Damien Geter, and a poem by writer and Creative Revolutionist™ S. Renee Mitchell. “These collaborations are a continuation of All Classical Portland’s commitment to building a more diverse… More

Donate your car to All Classical Portland!

Now, you can turn that old Volvo into Vivaldi! All Classical Portland partners with CARS to accept donations of cars, boats, RVs, and more as part of its vehicle donation program! Turn worries of costly repairs or hours selling your vehicle into a tax deduction that benefits your favorite radio station. All you need is… More

All Classical Portland Announces 2020 Rising Tide Grant Recipient!

All Classical Portland is excited to announce that Future Prairie is the recipient of the 2020 Rising Tide Grant, in support of Onry’s project Livin’ in the Light. About the Rising Tide Grant: This grant is awarded annually by All Classical Portland to small arts organizations to support and promote creative projects that enrich the… More

10 Iconic Pieces of Classical Music

Classical music has stood the test of time for many reasons, its beauty, complexity, and the vastness of repertoire have inspired audiences for hundreds of years. Within classical music, there are several pieces that have become iconic through use in special events such as graduations, weddings, classic films, and even cartoons! In this list, we’ll… More