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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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John Pitman Review: Sharon Isbin’s “Souvenirs”

Guitarist Sharon Isbin has recorded nearly everything in her instrument’s repertoire. Still, it’s refreshing to hear that, when an artist such as Ms. Isbin revisits a work (such as the Vivaldi D Major concerto), she gives us an interpretation with subtle differences from what came before. On “Souvenirs of Spain and Italy”, Isbin partners with… More

A Classical Playlist for Oregon’s Beloved Landmarks

Over the centuries, composers have attempted to capture their natural surroundings in music, from the bucolic imagery of Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony to the vast prairies evoked by Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land. Oregon is lucky to boast a fortune of natural grandeur as rich and wide-ranging as this tradition, with splendors from the temperate rainforests… More

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Ascent with violist Matthew Lipman

Matthew Lipman is a 2015 Avery Fisher Grant winner, has recorded with Rachel Barton Pine and Sir Neville Marriner. Since graduating from Juilliard Lipman is now on the viola faculty at Sony Brook University and concertizes around the world. His debut CD, Ascent, is in tribute in part to his mother (d. 2014), and commissioned… More

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Songplay: Soprano Joyce DiDonato’s spin on Baroque arias

Soprano Joyce DiDonato’s recording projects are seldom conventional. Her last, “Hopes and Dreams: The Lullaby Project” featured original songs to texts by new mothers, some of whom were experiencing financial insecurity. Her newest, Songplay, goes back to her roots as a budding singer.  She rediscovered the arias that all young singers are taught, and then… More

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Donate your car to All Classical Portland!

Finish up your spring cleaning with a car donation! 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… More

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Where We Live: Bridging Voices

Tune in this Saturday at 5:15pm as we explore the local youth chorus, Bridging Voices, through the Where We Live series. Bridging Voices is Portland’s first Queer/Straight Alliance Youth Chorus, now in its sixth season. Through singing with others, youth are able to build strong connections with each other, and with the community. Artistic director Erick… More

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Day Sponsorship on All Classical Portland

Give a day of classical music in honor of your loved ones, family, or friends! When you donate $365 or more we will work with you to schedule your day in which your special message will air. Your message will be read by our hosts four (4) times on your day. $140 Fair Market Value

New radio station for kids!

LISTEN NOW: All Classical Portland is thrilled to announce a brand-new second radio network, created for children (ages 0-12). The new station is available on its HD-2 channel and online at The International Children’s Arts Network (ICAN) is a radio service and is the first of its kind in the United States of… More

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Meet “Perpetual Twilight” Choral Scholars of University College Dublin!

Have you heard Perpetual Twilight, the recent CD release from The Choral Scholars of University College Dublin? Perpetual Twilight is All Classical Portland’s featured album for this St. Patrick’s Day! One of the UCD Choral Scholars, Rose Higgins, offers us the inside scoop on the life of a Choral Scholar in Ireland’s most celebrated collegiate… More

10 Contemporary Women Composers You Should Know

If you’re familiar with the history of classical music, you may know that historically classical music hasn’t been the most welcoming field for women, and there is a long way to go before women classical composers of today are performed and recognized at the same level as their male peers. That said, here are some… More