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TBA Diary: Ten Tiny Dances

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TBA's annual late-night Ten Tiny Dances show didn’t get going till after 11 pm this year, but was worth the wait. This was a greatest hits show reprising earlier 10TD performances, all of which force the choreographers and dancers to use a small stage and a short time slot. Danielle Ross’ opening dance was further constrained by a virtual cage of bright green beams, and every time she touched ...   More
Monday, September 12, 2011 by BRETT CAMPBELL

Classical Departures

Third Angle Plays Thailand; Cappella Romana Plays Greece and Katie Taylor Leaves Opera Theater Oregon


Third Angle New Music Ensemble is performing in Chiang Mai at the Thailand International Composition Festival. After playing in Poland last week, the Metropolitan Youth Symphony is now in Vienna. And ...   More
Monday, July 18, 2011 by BRETT CAMPBELL

Open Spaces: Voices From The Northwest

Wonks gone wild.

Edited by former natural resources lawyer Penny Harrison, Open Spaces magazine has always struck me as an odd duck, an uneasy hybrid of general interest journalism and policy wonkery, poetry and pro   More
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 BRETT CAMPBELL

Oregon Bach Festival In Portland

The once Eugene-centered Oregon Bach Festival ventures north.

The Oregon Bach Festival began as a small conducting workshop at the University of Oregon, and has grown into one of America’s premier classical music festivals, featuring major concerts with mus   More
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 BRETT CAMPBELL

Klezmocracy Saturday, June 11

Music Stories
[ICONOKLEZMIC] “The title isn’t a coincidence,” says pianist and co-founder Ralph Huntley about Klezmocracy’s dizzyingly varied new CD, Reach. While the quintet—a first-rate jazz band tha   More
Wednesday, June 8, 2011 BRETT CAMPBELL

Lloyd Reynolds A Life of Forms in Art

A calligrapher’s life beyond letters.

Visual Arts
“Reed College at that time offered perhaps the best calligraphy instruction in the country. Throughout the campus every poster, every label on every drawer, was beautifully hand calligraphed….    More
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 BRETT CAMPBELL

Opera Is Blooming in Portland

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Spring is the season of renewal, and this one has brought a fresh wave of youthful artistic energy to Portland stages in what’s paradoxically one of the most old fashioned artistic forms—opera.    More
Wednesday, May 4, 2011 by BRETT CAMPBELL

“The Spanish Hour” and “The Bewitched Child” (Portland Opera)

The Opera breaks out with two less-performed one-acts.

Maurice Ravel was a childless French bachelor whose greatest inspirations were, paradoxically, children and Spain. The innovative composer’s affection   More
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 BRETT CAMPBELL

Samurai Jazz

Swiss pianist Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin gives experimental jazz its groove back.

Music Stories
Nik Bärtsch named his band Ronin after the pre-modern Japanese freelance warriors affiliated with no master, and his sixth and latest   More
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 BRETT CAMPBELL

Morten Lauridsen (Portland State Choirs)

A Northwest homecoming.

When Morten Lauridsen was growing up in Beaverton in the 1950s, students commonly headed out to the Tillamook Burn to plant trees. A few years ago, the composer returned to the once-barren site to see it now covered by towering firs.   More
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 BRETT CAMPBELL
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