May 17th, 2018
On May 17, Thursdays @ Three invites the PSU Chamber Choir and Portland Piano International’s Sophiko Simsive. Classics Today calls The Portland State Chamber Choir “amongst the finest choirs in the world.” Since its founding in 1975, the Chamber Choir has performed and competed in venues across the country and around the world, earning over 30 medals and awards in international choir competitions including being the only American choir to have won the Seghizzi International Competition for Choral Singing in Italy in 2013, and the Bali International Choral Festival in Indonesia in 2017. Their latest album The Doors of Heaven – Music of Eriks Esenvalds was released by Naxos, the largest Classical label in the world. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard Traditional Classical Chart (a first for a University choir), and was also a #1 seller on Amazon and iTunes. Apple Music added the album to it’s A-List Classical Playlist. Sophiko Simsive, one of Portland Piano International’s Rising Stars, will be playing the world premiere of “La Discothèque” by Kenji Bunch. Bunch will also be present to speak about his piece on-air.
May 3rd, 2018
Jérémy Jouve had his musical training in France, studying with distinguished guitarists including Eric Franceries, Alberto Ponce, and Roland Dyens. He is a graduate of the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, and of the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in guitar and chamber music. He was selected to pursue further studies with László Hadady, principal oboist of the Ensemble Intercontemporain. Precocious as a musician, at the age of ten he played a Vivaldi concerto with the Orchestre de Chambéry, going on to win various national prizes. Based in Paris, he embarked on an international career, with awards including first prize in the International Competition of the Guitar Foundation of America (Mexico, 2003) and in the Tychy International Guitar Competition (Poland, 2002). Additionally, Christa Wessel welcomes a few local favorites back to the program: clarinetist and Director of the Portland Youth Philharmonic David Hattner and pianist Cary Lewis who will perform a few duets.
May 10th, 2018
This week on Thursdays @ Three All Classical Portland welcomes back the Delgani String Quartet. One of the most active chamber music ensembles in the Pacific Northwest with over 75 performances and educational programs each year, the quartet curates their own concert series in both Eugene and Salem while also appearing as guest artists throughout the state. Delgani recently completed its first east-coast tour following an invitation to perform at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. Additionally, the Northwest Piano Trio teams up with Grammy-nominated composer and vocalist Clarice Assad. “Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “a serious triple threat”, Assad is a highly prolific and commissioned composer. Tune in for a preview of her new work for piano trio and dance: “Iara”.
April 26th, 2018
Powerhouse American baritone Stephen Powell returns to Portland Opera as Rigoletto—the court jester who amuses a philandering and immoral Duke. A clown in public, but a doting and protective father to his beloved Gilda in private, Rigoletto’s life will change forever when his mockery goes too far, and results in a fateful curse. Join Portland Opera for a Thursdays @ Three preview of their upcoming performances which take place May 4 – 12.
April 19th, 2018
The Imani Winds is Chamber Music Northwest’s Artists-in-Residence for the 2017-18 Season and we can’t wait to welcome them back to 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.
April 12th, 2018
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 5th, 2018
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 offers a preview of their upcoming collaboration with Portland Baroque Orchestra on Bach’s B minor mass.
March 29th, 2018
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.
March 22nd, 2018
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.
March 15th, 2018
The Quadraphonnes are an all-female ensemble breaking the boundaries of the saxophone quartet with their mighty chops, tantalizing grooves, soaring solos and dynamic vocals. They’ll honor the 100th anniversary of the death of Debussy with a program paying tribute to his music, featuring pieces by Debussy himself and new works influenced by his style. Sara Davis Buechner returns to T@T to share her pianistic talent and speak about her upcoming performance with the Portland Columbia Symphony.