Category Archives: Contemporary

Spotlight image for a blog post: Seven black contemporary composers you need to know

Meet Seven Black Contemporary Composers

At All Classical Radio, we’re proud to continually expand our playlist with diverse musical offerings. As we continue to celebrate and honor Black History Month, we are shining a special spotlight on Black classical composers whose works grace our airwaves all year round. In this post, you’ll get to know some living composers whose works… More


Spotlight image: John Pitman Review: Randall Goosby 'Violin Concertos'

John Pitman Review: Randall Goosby ‘Violin Concertos’

All Classical Radio’s program director, John Pitman, chats with American violinist Randall Goosby about his second album with Decca Classics. The dynamic young soloist brings freshness to a concerto he first encountered as a teenager: Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1, and shimmering performances of Florence Price’s two Violin Concertos, with the Philadelphia Orchestra and… More


Spotlight image for John Pitman Review: Andrew Brownell's 'Shades of Night'

John Pitman Review: Andrew Brownell’s ‘Shades of Night’

Andrew Brownell is a pianist and former Portlander who, in the mid-1990s would occasionally stop by the All Classical studios for an interview with John Pitman. Often, Andrew would play something on the piano, or accompany violinist Nicholas Crosa (now part of Pink Martini), for an upcoming recital. Brownell recently stopped by for a chat… More


Five LGBTQI+ Artists You Need to Know

Five LGBTQI+ Artists You Need to Know

In honor of Pride Month, and all year round, join All Classical in celebrating LGBTQI+ musical artists who provide so much joy, talent, and beauty to our collective soundscape. As we come together to enjoy the station’s catalog of diverse programming, let’s get to know a few of the LGBTQI+ artists who regularly grace our… More


John Pitman Review: Eric Whitacre & Voces8 'Home'

John Pitman Review: Eric Whitacre & Voces8 ‘Home’

All Classical Portland’s Program Director John Pitman recently spoke with American choral composer Eric Whitacre, who has a career now spanning over three decades, is one of the world’s most popular composers among audiences and choirs alike. Several of his works have been recorded multiple times, but even then, the composer sees opportunities when one special… More


Christa Wessel interview with Thomas Lauderdale Meets The Pilgrims

Christa Wessel Meets Thomas Lauderdale & The Pilgrims

Host Christa Wessel spoke with Pink Martini bandleader and Portland pianist Thomas Lauderdale about his new collaboration album with legendary Portland surf rockers Satan’s Pilgrims. Over 25 years in the making, the new album, Thomas Lauderdale Meets The Pilgrims, features new takes on beloved standards such as Night and Day, Malagueña, and George Gershwin’s Rhapsody… More


Composers we're celebrating on air for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

AANHPI Composers We’re Celebrating On Air

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and all year round, All Classical Portland is programming music by Asian American and Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander (AANHPI) composers and musicians on our playlist. We love sharing music richly and meaningfully woven with a diverse array of influences. Keep reading to learn about five phenomenal… More


John Pitman Review: Benjamin Grosvenor Schumann Brahms

John Pitman Review: Benjamin Grosvenor Schumann & Brahms

All Classical Portland’s Program Director John Pitman recently spoke with British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, whose new recording touches on the relationships of Johannes Brahms and Robert and Clara Schumann. Grosvenor chose works that link together Brahms as a young man meeting Robert and his wife, pianist and composer, Clara Wieck Schumann, and Brahms later in… More


Noteworthy host Lynnsay Maynard and author Ruth Ozeki

A Noteworthy Interview with Author Ruth Ozeki

Noteworthy host Lynnsay Maynard recently spoke with American-Canadian author, filmmaker and Zen Buddhist priest Ruth Ozeki. Ozeki’s novel A Tale for the Time Being is the 2023 Everybody Reads pick by Multnomah County Library and The Library Foundation, presented in partnership with Literary Arts. Ruth Ozeki’s award-winning novel A Tale for the Time Being tells… More


Hunter Noack and Kim Stafford for All Classical Portland’s Poetry Project 2023: The Improv Sessions

All Classical Portland’s Poetry Project 2023: The Improv Sessions

Host Suzanne Nance is celebrating National Poetry Month on Sunday Brunch throughout April with music and poetry by Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford and pianist Hunter Noack (All Classical Portland’s 2019 Artist in Residence). Plus, enjoy beautiful music by Leoš Janáček, Robert Schumann, Frédéric Chopin, and more. Join us every Sunday in April at 10:00 AM PT for All Classical… More


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