Thursdays @ Three - Past Performances

Naomi LaViolette – Music and the Brain

January 11th, 2018

Portland, Oregon-based songwriter, pianist and vocalist Naomi LaViolette has found her niche  amongst retro-style grooves, cool jazz, and classical arrangements. Her work as a pianist, vocalist, arranger and composer with Steven Goodwin and the Saving His Music project has received prominent coverage in national and local news, and forms the basis for this show. Dr. Larry Sherman, a neuroscientist at OHSU, is a frequent lecturer on the topic of music and the brain (he’s a musician himself), and he’ll join the program to help explain how music affects and shapes our brains.

Cappella Romana & Portland Cello Project

January 4th, 2018

This week’s installment of Thursdays @ Three features Cappella Romana, a professional vocal ensemble that performs early and contemporary sacred classical music in the Christian traditions of East and West. The ensemble is known especially for its presentations and recordings of medieval Byzantine chant (the Eastern sibling of Gregorian chant), Greek and Russian Orthodox choral works, and other sacred music that expresses the historic traditions of a unified Christian inheritance.

Also on the program is the Portland Cello Project, a nationally recognized performance and educational group with a revolving cast of cellists. The group has released full-length albums and has performed in such diverse venues as punk rock clubs, loading dock street parties, exclusive private events, and symphony halls all over North America. The ensemble spends more than a quarter of the year touring, and features an impressive repertoire of well over 1,000 pieces of music. Committed to building bridges between different musical communities, collaboration with other creative artists is central to their work.

Holiday Break

December 28th, 2017

There will be no live broadcast this week due to special holiday programming.

Nancy Ives, and Allen & Laura Vizzutti

December 21st, 2017

For a fifth and final year, All Classical Portland presents multi Grammy and CMA Award-winning violinist Mark O’Connor with the Grammy Award-winning O’Connor Band in An Appalachian Christmas at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Friday, December 22nd at 7:30pm.  Returning to share the stage with Mark and the band this year, Nancy Ives (principal cellist with the Oregon Symphony) will make a special guest appearance performing the cello parts originally crafted by Yo-Yo Ma. Also, to kick off the festivities, virtuosic, Seattle-based trumpeter Allen Vizzutti will offer a festive opening set accompanied by his wife, pianist Laura Vizzutti. All three guest artists appear on this week’s Thursdays @ Three to offer us a preview in festive holiday spirit.

Pacific Youth Choir, and Phil & Gayle Neuman

December 14th, 2017

The Pacific Youth Choir connects young singers to a higher awareness of life through music—touching choristers’ lives in positive ways that they take back to their families and communities. The atmosphere is collaborative, joyful, and disciplined. Committed, focused work leads to true accomplishment, which is evident in their gorgeous and sophisticated music-making! With more than 280 students representing over 60 Portland metro area schools, Pacific Youth Choir is widely acclaimed as one of the finest choral programs on the West Coast. Senior members of the PYC perform beautiful songs, joyfully appropriate for the holiday season!

Also on the program, husband and wife team, Phil and Gayle Neuman, are musicians, teachers, and instrument builders that engage in the performance of historical music from a variety of periods. They have received international recognition as performers and scholars of Ancient Greek Music and have several recordings of this repertoire on the Pandourion label available from North Pacific Music.

Juliana Soltis & Oregon Repertory Singers

December 7th, 2017

Juliana Soltis is a historical performer on the Baroque and Classical cellos, violoncello piccolo, and the viola da gamba. An ardent and enthusiastic performer-scholar, Soltis is passionate about crafting concert experiences that empower audiences to reach across the centuries and form deep and lasting personal connections with historical music. Raised amidst the rich musical traditions of southern Appalachia, Soltis now divides her time touring both domestically and abroad––from New York, to Osaka, to Helsinki and Venice––as both soloist and chamber musician. Currently based in Seattle, WA, when not on the road Soltis enjoys cooking, boxing, and spending time with her rescue greyhound, Rain.

Oregon Repertory Singers performs world-class music accessible to all. Their professional-caliber adult choir of over 90 members was recently lauded as “the city’s finest large choir.” A subset of sixteen singers will grace the Roger O’Doyle studio with beautiful and seasonally appropriate fare!

Thomas Otten & The Ensemble

November 30th, 2017

Thomas Otten, a California native born of German-American parents, has been hailed by the New York Times as “an extremely original player who puts a formidable technique at the service of his ideas.” He made his debut at age seventeen with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, and has since developed a global profile through performances in New York, Washington, Los Angeles, St. Petersburg, Sydney, Munich, Frankfurt, and Milan, including such venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Severance Hall, the German Embassy, and the National Press Club.  Otten will perform a beautiful selection of works for solo piano by Beethoven, Debussy, Liszt, and Leslie Adams.

Members of The Ensemble also join the program for a sneak peak into their upcoming performances of Gian Carlo Menotti’s lovely and seasonal, “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” The Ensemble  is Oregon’s premiere professional vocal & instrumental chamber ensemble and is dedicated to strengthening the cultural life of its community through innovative musical experiences. 

Asteria and Ronn McFarlane

November 16th, 2017

Acclaimed by the New York Times for their “deeply expressive, intimate and often haunting interpretations,” the early music duo Asteria brings a “delightful sweetness” and “a profound knowledge of the repertoire” (Goldberg Magazine) to the music of courtly love. When they began singing together in 2004, Sylvia Rhyne (soprano) and Eric Redlinger (tenor and lute) launched a career that has taken them across the United States and around the world. Also on the program is  Grammy-nominated lutenist, Ronn McFarlane, who strives to bring the lute into today’s musical mainstream and make it accessible to a wider audience. Since taking up the lute in 1978, Ronn has made his mark in music as the founder of Ayreheart, a founding member of the Baltimore Consort and as a guest artist with many acclaimed ensembles.

Vladislav Kosminov

November 9th, 2017

Pianist Vladislav Kosminov, a native of Uzbekistan, is a Rising Star with Portland Piano International. Mr. Kosminov has appeared frequently with the National Symphonic Orchestra of Uzbekistan and is the winner of several International and national competitions, including the International Rubinstein Piano Concerto Competition (2nd Prize, Paris, France). Coming from a musical family, he was trained as a soloist from a young age and began his studies at the Lyceum Musical Academy for Gifted Children. He continued his studies at The State Conservatory of Uzbekistan and began the Professional Performance Certificate program at the Lynn University Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida in 2013.

Desirée Ruhstrat & David Cunliffe; and 300 Watts

November 2nd, 2017

Violinist Desirée Ruhstrat and cellist David Cunliffe are both members of the most exciting new group on Chicago’s musical scene, FANDANGO!, a toe-tappingly spicy mix of Latin, Spanish, Sephardic, Balkan, and classical sounds. The two are also members of the Grammy-nominated Lincoln Trio praised for their “joy of sheer technical ability, unanimity of phrasing and beautiful blended tone.”

The 300 Watts String Trio consists of three siblings: 16-year old violist Shania Watts, 14-year old cellist Jonathan Watts, and 12-year old violinist Darah Watts. In the four years they’ve been playing together as an ensemble, they’ve created a number of their own arrangements born of improvisation and their varied musical interests (jazz, Latin, and eastern music influence their creations). You’re going to love these kids!