May 20, 2018

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. Programs range from 20 minutes to an hour in length. These are small group audience experiences that fill up fast. Seating is available on first come, first served basis.

Visit the All Classical Portland Audio Archive to listen to recent Thursdays @ Three performances!

If you would like to join our studio audience, please select an event below.  We kindly request that you limit your attendance to one Thursdays @ Three performance per month.

May 24th, 2018   45th Parallel with Greg Ewer & Sam Park

This week on Thursdays @ Three, All Classical Portland welcomes 45th Parallel and Bridge City Four to the studio. With emphasis on small ensembles and creative programming, 45th Parallel seeks to bring Portland’s rich chamber music culture out of the living room and onto the stage. Violinist Greg Ewer and violist Kenji Bunch will be performing duets in anticipation of their upcoming concert, Florestan + Friends, Saturday, May 26, 2018, 7:30 PM at The Old Church. We will also hear Greg Ewer and violinist Sam Park play duos by Jean-Marie Leclair.

May 31st, 2018   Portland Opera: Faust

Lyricism and legend converge in one of the most popular operas of the last two centuries, Gounod’s unforgettable masterpiece, Faust. When the devil appears and offers Faust a second chance at youth in exchange for his soul, he makes the pact, and then uses his newfound powers to seduce the youthful and innocent Marguerite—with tragic consequences. Join Portland Opera for a Thursdays @ Three preview of their upcoming performances which take place June 8-16.

June 7th, 2018   Marylhurst University’s presentation of Bernstein’s “Mass”

Preview of Marylhurst University Music Program’s upcoming performances of Leonard Bernstein’s  triumphant and controversial MASS, featuring acclaimed baritone Douglas Webster, with musical direction by Justin Smith.

June 14th, 2018   Favorite T@T Moments!

To make way for special programming, there will be no live broadcast this week.

June 21st, 2018   Astoria Music Festival preview plus DUO Stephanie and Saar

We’ll present a brief preview of the Astoria Music Festival, which will be celebrating its 16th anniversary. Each June, the Festival produces a 17-day season of operatic, symphonic, and chamber music concerts. Programs are selected and conducted by Artistic Director Keith Clark, who invites major international soloists to perform as featured artists. The Astoria Music Festival has gained a national reputation for excellence, and is the only professional classical music presenter on Oregon’s North Coast.

Pianists Stephanie Ho and Saar Ahuvia collaborate as DUO Stephanie and Saar in performances noted for their artistic versatility, elegance and intellectual curiosity. As probing recording artists, the duo explores repertoire with concomitant classical and contemporary sensibilities. DUO Stephanie and Saar are the artistic directors of Makrokosmos Project, a new music festival in Portland, Oregon dedicated to American music and performances by Oregon-based performers and composers.



Thursdays @ Three Host Christa Wessel

Robert McBrideSince arriving here from North Carolina in 2007, I’ve traveled all around the state and have fallen in love with the high deserts of Eastern Oregon and the magically blue waters of Crater Lake. I also relish a stormy weekend at the Oregon Coast.

I adore the natural beauty of Oregon as much as I cherish the cultural beauty of our region. I could easily find myself in a concert hall every night of the week! I enjoy it all: early music, contemporary music, symphonic music and opera. So as not to exhaust myself I deliberately set aside time to play nerdy board games with friends, or will reserve a lazy afternoon to read a big novel. (I adore Franzen, Eugenides, Chabon and the like.)

I had once hoped to be a professional French horn player – I attended Northwestern University with that aspiration – but I graduated with a Bachelors of Music in Arts Administration. I still tootle my horn occasionally, and also enjoy picking up a ukulele from time to time.


Thursdays @ Three are made possible by the community we serve and these underwriters:

Portland BMW

Michelle’s Pianos

Steinway & Sons