Each week, All Classical Portland presents Thursdays @ Three, live broadcast concerts showcasing local musicians, arts partners, and visiting artists. Christa Wessel hosts the lively format of music-making and conversation for members of an intimate studio audience. That’s what we call Building Cultural Community!
Thursdays @ Three concerts are broadcast live and in real time from our studios in the Hampton Opera Center, and programs last about an hour. If you would like to join our studio audience, please select an event below. These are small group audience experiences that fill up fast. Seating is available on first come, first served basis.
We kindly request that you limit your attendance to one Thursdays @ Three performance per month.
November 23rd, 2017 Thanksgiving
On Thanksgiving Day, there will be no live broadcast due to special Gratitude Line programming… tune in all day for beautiful, heartfelt messages of thanks from listeners around the world!
November 30th, 2017 Thomas Otten & The Ensemble
Thomas Otten, a California native born of German-American parents, has been hailed by the New York Times as “an extremely original player who puts a formidable technique at the service of his ideas.” He made his debut at age seventeen with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, and has since developed a global profile through performances in New York, Washington, Los Angeles, St. Petersburg, Sydney, Munich, Frankfurt, and Milan, including such venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Severance Hall, the German Embassy, and the National Press Club. Otten will perform a beautiful selection of works for solo piano by Beethoven, Debussy, Liszt, and Leslie Adams.
Members of The Ensemble also join the program for a sneak peak into their upcoming performances of Gian Carlo Menotti’s lovely and seasonal, “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” The Ensemble is Oregon’s premiere professional vocal & instrumental chamber ensemble and is dedicated to strengthening the cultural life of its community through innovative musical experiences.
December 7th, 2017 Juliana Soltis
Juliana Soltis is a historical performer on the Baroque and Classical cellos, violoncello piccolo, and the viola da gamba. Together with her project-based artists’ collective Marginalia, she is devoted to telling the forgotten stories of classical music––those moments and works that have been neglected by the canonical tradition of music performance. An ardent and enthusiastic performer-scholar, Soltis is passionate about crafting concert experiences that empower audiences to reach across the centuries and form deep and lasting personal connections with historical music. Raised amidst the rich musical traditions of southern Appalachia, Soltis now divides her time touring both domestically and abroad––from New York, to Osaka, to Helsinki and Venice––as both soloist and chamber musician. Currently based in Seattle, WA, when not on the road Soltis enjoys cooking, boxing, and spending time with her rescue greyhound, Rain.
Visit the Past Performances page for archived playlists
Thursdays @ Three Host Christa Wessel
I love exploring Oregon’s nooks and crannies. Since arriving here in 2007, I’ve fallen particularly hard for the Owyhee desert in the far reaches of Southeast Oregon, the rolling high hills surrounding the Deschutes River, and the magically blue waters of Crater Lake. I love camping and hiking but haven’t yet become the toughened sort of Portlander who trudges out in the rainy season… so instead I spend the winter months sheltered inside our area’s concert halls soaking up local culture.
I had once hoped to be a professional French horn player – I attended Northwestern University with that aspiration, but after I realized how much practicing would be involved I ended up graduating with a degree in Arts Administration instead! I still tootle, though… I play 4th horn for the Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra (http://sunnysidesymphony.org).
Susan McDaniel: Resident Pianist, All Classical Portland
Susan McDaniel has appeared widely as a soloist and chamber musician, including recitals in France, Germany, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic. She received a B.A. in music from Linfield College, where she studied with Jill Timmons, and a M.M. in vocal accompanying from Manhattan School of Music, where she was a student of Warren Jones. While at Manhattan, she also studied chamber music with Isidore Cohen and Ruth Laredo and Baroque performance practice with Kenneth Cooper. Susan has been a member of the music staff at Seattle Opera, Portland Opera, and Utah Festival Opera as well as music director and pianist for the San Diego Opera Ensemble, Off-Center Opera (Seattle), and Puget Sound Concert Opera. A third-generation native Oregonian, Susan is thrilled to be a part of our area’s diverse and vibrant musical community.
Thursdays @ Three are made possible by the community we serve and these underwriters: