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Arianna Avena

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:

What is HD Radio?

HD Radio® is the newest form of radio, promising better quality and more program choices. The clearer sound and absence of background static make it well worth the investment. You can buy an HD Radio to enjoy at home, or listen in your car, if your car is equipped with HD Radio. Many new cars… 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

NATIONAL POETRY MONTH #welovethispoetry

April is National Poetry Month! All Classical Portland and the International Children’s Arts Network celebrate the art of written and spoken poetry year-round, and in honor of National Poetry Month, we’ll be working in some extra features into our programming. Suzanne Nance will infuse poetry into the musical and culinary flavors of Sunday Brunch, and… More

Big News! NEA Recognizes All Classical Portland

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded All Classical Portland a grant in recognition of the station’s expanded efforts to support and highlight regional artists. We extend deep gratitude to the NEA for investing in this community service. Stay tuned, and read the NEA’s official announcement here. highlights the Recording Inclusivity Initiative

All Classical Portland’s Recording Inclusivity Initiative was recently featured on, in interview with President & CEO Suzanne Nance. Read the full article, and learn more about Recording Inclusivity Initiative. “I know that many are committed to diversifying America’s playlists, and we can do it. We don’t have to wait.” – Suzanne Nance, President & CEO,… More

All Classical Portland Launches Challenge to Change America’s Playlist

Let’s diversify America’s playlist, together. The Recording Inclusivity Initiative (RII) was created by All Classical Portland, a public radio station based in the Pacific Northwest, in collaboration with N M Bodecker Foundation and Naxos Records. RII seeks to address the gap of classical music composers and musicians from underrepresented communities that make it into the… More

Classical Countdown: Winning Selections!

The votes have been counted and the winning pieces have broadcast on All Classical Portland. We are excited to share the official list of the top selections of the Classical Countdown to 2021! You can also listen to the top 10 songs again on the Classical Countdown to 2021 playlist on Spotify. Dvořák: Symphony No…. More

Commemorating Carlos: An Oregon Symphony Retrospective

As Carlos Kalmar celebrates his 18th and final season as music director of Oregon Symphony, All Classical Portland presents Commemorating Carlos, a new eight-part series celebrating some of the most memorable performances under Carlos’ baton. Tune in on January 2nd at 7pm, for the third episode of Commemorating Carlos: An Oregon Symphony Retrospective. In this… More

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