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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:

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John Pitman Review: Miró Quartet complete their Beethoven cycle

The Miró Quartet, who visited Portland in February hosted by Chamber Music NW, is celebrating the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth with the release of the complete string quartets.  They began around 2005 with the Opus 18 (Beethoven’s first published set), recording them at the same age the composer was when he wrote them, in other… 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


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All Classical Portland Simulcast of An African American Requiem

On May 23, 2020 at 6pm (PT) / 9pm (ET), All Classical Portland will present an unprecedented live, bi-coastal simulcast of the world premiere of Damien Geter’s An African American Requiem in collaboration with WQXR in New York. Following the live broadcast, the two partner stations will produce the program for distribution, to offer to… More


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Announcing…All Classical Portland’s 2020 Artists in Residence!

All Classical Portland is thrilled to announce the station’s 2020 Artists in Residence: flutist Adam Eccleston and pianist Natalie Tan! The Artists in Residence program, launched in 2019, provides young and professional musicians with opportunities for career advancement, creative development, and audience exposure. The program is a part of JOY (Joyous Outreach to You/th), All Classical… 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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