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PSU Opera; Imani Winds

April 18, 2024: Host Christa Wessel welcomes the Portland State University Opera and Imani Winds to the Roger O. Doyle performance studio.

PSU Opera will share an exclusive preview of their upcoming production of The Merry Widow. Imani Winds, presented by Chamber Music Northwest, will share excerpts from their upcoming performers with BodyVox.


Indulge in the elegance, romance, and comedic brilliance of Franz Lehar’s lighthearted operetta, “The Merry Widow,” with an unexpected twist. This flirtatious and humorous love story is woven together with energetic dance sequences and infectious tunes sung in English, and accompanied live by the PSU Orchestra. Learn more at

Portland State University Opera is nationally renowned for its innovative and fully staged productions, successful alumni, and extraordinary faculty who teach from decades of career experience as successful singers. Alumni from this program have been Grammy Award Winners, National winners for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and singers with international careers, including houses like Covent Garden, the Salzburg State Theater, the Frankfurt Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Metropolitan Opera.

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The dynamic 2024 Grammy Award-winning Imani Winds returns to collaborate with Portland’s BodyVox on our latest chamber music and dance creation! Beautiful Everything will be an extraordinary evening of inspiring music and innovative dance celebrating beauty, hope, optimism, and joy. The Imani Winds will perform the West Coast Premiere of Shawn E. Okpebholo’s Rise for Wind Quintet, a Chamber Music Northwest co-commission. Learn more at

Now in its 54th season, Chamber Music Northwest serves more than 50,000 people annually in Oregon and SW Washington with exceptional chamber music through over 100 events, including their flagship Summer Festival, year-round concerts, community activities, educational programs, broadcasts, and innovative collaborations with other arts groups. CMNW is the only chamber music festival of its kind in the Northwest and one of the most diverse classical music experiences in the nation, virtually unparalleled in comparable communities.

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