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!
Visit the All Classical Portland Audio Archive to listen to recent Thursdays @ Three performances!
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.
March 22nd, 2018 Janoska Ensemble & Paul Roberts
Hailing from Slovakia, the genre-bending Janoska Ensemble (violins, piano, double bass) is comprised of four brothers, including two who are former members of the Vienna Philharmonic. Showcasing their virtuosity and improvisational skills, Janoska infuses classical music with jazz, gypsy, tango, Latin and a dash of pop, performing exceptional arrangements that appeal to music lovers of all ages. The Ensemble offers a preview of their upcoming performance with Friends of Chamber Music. Additionally, pianist Paul Roberts joins the program offering beautiful music from Claude Debussy.
Sorry, seating is no longer available for this performance.
March 29th, 2018 Michael Seregow, Harry Baechtel, and Sylvestris Quartet
PSU faculty baritone Harry Baechtel, Bay-area ensemble Sylvestris Quartet and pianist Michael Seregow offer a preview of their upcoming performance, On Wenlock Edge, featuring early 20th-century chamber music based on English poetry and themes.
April 5th, 2018 Jasper Wood, David Riley, Trinity Music, & PBO
Canadian violinist Jasper Wood and pianist David Riley join forces on Thursdays @ Three. Gramaphone writes of the duo: “Encores there must be wherever Wood and Riley play: theirs is a beautiful collaboration. Wood is always a joy to hear.” Additionally, Trinity Music and the Portland Baroque Orchestra offer a preview of their upcoming collaboration on Bach’s B minor mass.
April 12th, 2018 Classical Up Close
Classical Up Close is a collective effort by members of the Oregon Symphony and friends to bring great classical music to the whole community. These artists want as many people as possible to have access to this beautiful music, so they go into neighborhoods and workplaces all around the Metro area, and every event is absolutely free! Hear members of the Oregon Symphony preview their 2018 Classical Up Close Festival!
April 19th, 2018 Imani Winds
The Imani Winds is Chamber Music Northwest’s Artists-in-Residence for the 2017-18 Season and they make a special appearance on Thursdays @ Three! Extolled by the Philadelphia Inquirer as “what triumph sounds like”, Imani Winds has established itself as one of the most successful chamber music ensembles in the United States. Since 1997, the Grammy-nominated quintet has taken a unique path, carving out a distinct presence in the classical music world with its dynamic playing, culturally poignant programming, adventurous collaborations, and inspirational outreach programs. With two member composers and a deep commitment to commissioning new work, the group is enriching the traditional wind quintet repertoire while meaningfully bridging European, American, African and Latin American traditions.
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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).
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