Latest blog entries from Denise Dicks:

Where We Live: Queer Opera

Tune in this Saturday at 5:15pm as we explore Queer Opera, an organization dedicated to telling queer stories through opera, through the Where We Live series. Founded in 2017 at Portland State University, Queer Opera is dedicated to providing a safe stage for LGBTQIA singers and allies to tell queer stories through the traditional genre… More

Dialogo: Debut by cellist John-Henry Crawford

Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, cellist John-Henry Crawford has already made strides in the field of classical music, in one case as First Prize winner of the 2019 International Carlos Prieto Competition; and more recently with this debut release, Dialogo. Crawford chose the title after the unaccompanied cello work by Hungarian composer, György Ligeti. In it,… More

Where We Live: Transpose PDX

Tune in this Saturday at 5:15pm as we explore Transpose PDX, Portland’s transgender and non-binary choirs, through the Where We Live series. Transpose PDX’s mission is to empower their community by creating a brave and accountable space to expand musical skills, develop a sense of identity, and center their voices in song. Where We Live… More

Balkan Guitarist Miloš Debuts New Guitar Concertos

Montenegro-born, and London-based classical guitarist Miloš, celebrates his 10th anniversary with the recording label Decca by releasing The Moon and the Forest, which includes two concertos written for him. Miloš (whose full name is Miloš Karadaglić), asked two composers as famous for their film music as for their concert works: Joby Talbot (who has residences… More

Where We Live: Outside The Frame

Tune in this Saturday at 5:15pm as we explore Outside the Frame, a program that teaches filmmaking to youth experiencing houselessness, through the Where We Live series. Outside the Frame is an independent nonprofit that offers a model educational and vocational program, where young people create films about issues that matter to them and share them… More

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor is “Uncovered”

Program Director John Pitman talks with violinist Karla Donehew Perez, of Catalyst Quartet, about the exciting new project they launched in January called “Uncovered”, focusing on underrepresented composers in classical music. Volume 1 sheds light on three beautiful works by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912), a British composer who was greatly admired by contemporary audiences, as well… More

Katarzyna Musiał and her “Spanish Heart”

Polish-Canadian pianist Katarzyna Musiał loves to play Chopin. She also loves Gershwin. However, the music that truly stirs her heart? The music of Spain. With good reason, too. In her conversation with program director John Pitman, Musiał shares how Spanish music and culture became her passion: it was a part of her upbringing, thanks to… More

Pianist Jan Lisiecki explores Mendelssohn’s piano concertos

Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki continues his exploration of, an interest in the different facets of Romanticism, following his Chopin CD with this new one of Mendelssohn’s piano concertos. The concertos anchor the CD, but are not the only highlight: Lisiecki tells me (in our conversation), that from the beginning he wanted to incorporate the “Serious… More