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Oregon ArtsWatch Highlights ICAN & RII

We are delighted to share that All Classical Portland’s International Children’s Arts Network (ICAN) and the Recording Inclusivity Initiative (RII) have been featured in an article by Oregon ArtsWatch.

In the article “Radio Rejuvenation,” Brett Campbell highlights All Classical Portland’s programs and initiatives that strive to bring classical music to a wider, more diverse audience.


“I think All Classical Portland has seized the opportunity to influence the future,” shared All Classical Portland’s President & CEO Suzanne Nance. “We want to make sure children feel like they have a home in classical music, a place in the concert hall. All our initiatives are aimed at amplifying young voices and encouraging them to tell stories of their communities.”

All Classical Portland’s newest initiative seeks to address the gap of classical music composers and musicians from underrepresented communities that make it into the concert hall and onto the airwaves: “The Recording Inclusivity Initiative will elevate and amplify underrepresented composers and their music through the new recordings we produce and distribute together. We hope that the work we do through RII has a ripple effect that inspires others to act,” states Suzanne Nance.

RII recordings begin this week at NM Bodecker Foundation’s Halfling Studio. Flutist, and All Classical Portland’s 2020 – 2021 Artist In Residence, Adam Eccleston and pianist Monica Ohuchi will launch the initiative’s next phase by recording RII’s posthumous awardee Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson’s Sonata for Flute and Piano.

You can read the article at Oregon ArtsWatch to learn more how ICAN and RII are working to ensure a diverse playlist, and broad and inclusive access to classical music.

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Flutist Adam Eccleston and pianist Monica Ohuchi at NM Bodecker Studios recording Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson’s Sonata for Flute and Piano.

Recording at NM Bodecker Halfling Studio.

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