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.
October 19th, 2017 David Hattner
Clarinetist David Hattner and pianist Chuck Dillard grace us with a program that is quite varied and very entertaining. Hattner is also the Conductor and Musical Director of the Portland Youth Philharmonic. Murry Sidlin, former Resident Conductor of the Oregon Symphony, noted: “He is a brilliant clarinetist, has very high artistic vision, and invites young musicians to join him at that level.” Hattner has enjoyed performing as principal clarinetist of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Opera Theater and the Cascade Festival of Music; his solo CD, The Clarinetist Composer, debuted in 2001 to enthusiastic critical acclaim. Dillard has a broad range of experiences as a conductor, coach and pianist, having worked for companies including Austin Opera, Opera Carolina, Central City Opera, Piedmont Opera and Opera Colorado with whom he collaborated on a new production of Nixon in China now available on the Naxos label.
October 26th, 2017 Delgani String Quartet
Praised as a “welcome addition to Oregon music” and “one of Eugene’s coolest new ensembles,” by Eugene Weekly, Delgani String Quartet has quickly become one of the most active chamber music ensembles in the Pacific Northwest with over 40 performances and educational programs each year. Fiercely committed to community outreach, Delgani provides education programs for both students and adults at various schools and organizations throughout the region. In addition to season performances in both Eugene and Salem, Delgani has been invited to perform selections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City this spring.
November 2nd, 2017 Desirée Ruhstrat and David Cunliffe
Violinist Desirée Ruhstrat and cellist David Cunliffe are both members of the most exciting new group on Chicago’s musical scene, FANDANGO!, a toe-tappingly spicy mix of Latin, Spanish, Sephardic, Balkan, and classical sounds. The two are also members of the Grammy nominated Lincoln Trio praised for their “joy of sheer technical ability, unanimity of phrasing and beautiful blended tone.”
November 9th, 2017 Vladislav Kosminov
Pianist Vladislav Kosminov, a native of Uzbekistan, is a Rising Star with Portland Piano International. Mr. Kosminov has appeared frequently with the National Symphonic Orchestra of Uzbekistan and is the winner of several International and national competitions, including the International Rubinstein Piano Concerto Competition (2nd Prize, Paris, France). Coming from a musical family, he was trained as a soloist from a young age and began his studies at the Lyceum Musical Academy for Gifted Children. He continued his studies at The State Conservatory of Uzbekistan and began the Professional Performance Certificate program at the Lynn University Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida in 2013.
November 16th, 2017 Asteria and Ronn McFarlane
Acclaimed by the New York Times for their “deeply expressive, intimate and often haunting interpretations,” the early music duo Asteria brings a “delightful sweetness” and “a profound knowledge of the repertoire” (Goldberg Magazine) to the music of courtly love. When they began singing together in 2004, Sylvia Rhyne (soprano) and Eric Redlinger (tenor and lute) launched a career that has taken them across the United States and around the world. The duo will be joined by Grammy-nominated lutenist, Ronn McFarlane, who strives to bring the lute into today’s musical mainstream and make it accessible to a wider audience. Since taking up the lute in 1978, Ronn has made his mark in music as the founder of Ayreheart, a founding member of the Baltimore Consort and as a guest artist with many acclaimed ensembles.
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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: