Spotlight image for Thursdays @ Three: Oregon Mandolin Orchestra & PSU Opera

Oregon Mandolin Orchestra & PSU Opera

November 30, 2023: Host Christa Wessel welcomes the Oregon Mandolin Orchestra and the Portland State University Opera to the Roger O. Doyle performance studio.

A quartet from the Oregon Mandolin Orchestra will perform selections from their upcoming holiday concert, featuring the Newport Nightingales, a swing-inspired vocal trio that specializes in three-part harmonies of joy. The PSU Opera will preview their upcoming production of Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Fallen Giant.


Founded in 2010, the Portland-based Oregon Mandolin Orchestra has successfully revived the tradition of community-based mandolin ensembles that were wildly popular across North America during the early 20th century. Today, the nonprofit orchestra boasts nearly 25 members who play first mandolin, second mandolin, mandola, mandocello, and mandobass. The OMO is one of just 50 orchestras recognized by the Classical Mandolin Society of America.

Learn more at

The game’s afoot! A giant is dead, and his body lies at the base of a great beanstalk. The police believe young Jack is responsible. But the boy insists that he’s innocent, and begs the help of the great detective Sherlock Holmes and his colleague, Dr. Watson. Can they untangle this magical mystery? In this operatic mystery for all ages, Holmes turns to a magic harp for clues that come in the form of musical quotes from opera greats, all cleverly woven into the plot. This buoyant, inventive score is sure to have you on the edge of your seat. PSU’s production of ‘Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Fallen Giant’ is the second-ever presentation of this new opera.

Learn more at

Back to all Thursday at Three episodes

Our Sponsors

logo: Backyard Bird Shop
portland spirit
Travel Ashland 2022

Meet all of our sponsors  |  Become a sponsor

  • KQAC 89.9 Portland/Vancouver
  • KQOC 88.1 Newport/Lincoln City
  • KQHR 88.1 Hood River/The Dalles
  • KQHR 96.3 Columbia Gorge East
  • KQMI 88.9 Manzanita
  • KSLC 90.3 McMinnville
  • 95.7 FM Corvallis/Flynn