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The Dream Team?

With the arrival of three new principals, Kalmar brings a different sound to the Oregon Symphony.

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Carlos Kalmar loves to tweak how our symphony sounds. But this time out, Kalmar, now beginning his fourth year as artistic director and conductor of the Oregon Symphony, has done more than fiddle with ...   More
Wednesday, August 23, 2006 James Bash

Portland International Piano Festival

Young and restless pianists tinkle the ivories and go for blood.

[classical] You might have thought that only gray-haired gents in tuxedos played recitals, but one upcoming festival shows off the hottest young talent in the piano galaxy.The Portland International P ...   More
Wednesday, July 5, 2006 James Bash

Community Music Center Benefit

For 50 years the city supported the CMC. Now the Center fends for itself.

[REVIEW] For the past half century, the Community Music Center, fondly known as Portland's music room, has provided affordable music instruction of all types to all ages. For its first year (1955-1956 ...   More
Wednesday, May 31, 2006 James Bash

Oregon Symphony's Season Finale

Kalmar and his orchestra lead a crowd into unknown territory to titillating effect.

In its last concert of the season, the Oregon Symphony flexed its brassy muscles to play two complex and gorgeous pieces, both of which had never been performed before by this orchestra. The program b ...   More
Wednesday, May 24, 2006 James Bash

The Sharpest Tool In The Shed

Behind the scenes with Portland Opera's propmaster, Ian Hewitt.

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In the world of opera's most famously amorous libertine, Don Giovanni, a solid, flexible, fight-worthy rapier comes in handy. It's the best way to fend off all his conquests' husbands, lovers and fath ...   More
Wednesday, May 10, 2006 James Bash


Hobbits might bring in the cash, but, as Oregon Symphony conductor Carlos Kalmar explains, the real action is in the classics.

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If you've made it this far, you're one of the few. When faced with the words "orchestra" or "symphony," most people take a pass. The folk behind every symphony know this. And like many of its ilk, the ...   More
Wednesday, September 21, 2005 James Bash
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