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Oregon Symphony to Play Big Apple in 2011, 2013

CarlosKalmar

The Oregon Symphony hasn't even completed its historic first performance at Carnegie Hall this May—but it's already going again in 2013. The orchestra announced Wednesday that it had been chosen to participate in the first and third    More
 
Thursday, February 17, 2011 by BRETT CAMPBELL

Finding the Links Between Sustainability and Music

Sustainable-Eco-Friendly-Speakers

In those lists of buzzwords that should be banned every year, “sustainability” should be at the top. Not because the concept isn’t vital; certainly the idea of an economy and way of life that pays attention to the future has been neglected by our greed-is-good, I-want-it-now, consumer/casino economy for the last , oh, millennium or so. But the term has gotten so overused, folded, spindled, m...   More
 
Friday, February 11, 2011 by BRETT CAMPBELL

Mia Birk Joyride

How Portland reinvented (two) wheels.


Books
When one of the Netherlands’ major advocates for bicycling was asked this fall to what he attributed Portland’s success in becoming one of the world leaders in alternative transportation, ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 BRETT CAMPBELL

A December Feast (In Mulieribus)

An ethereal antidote to Christmas schmaltz.


Performance
’Tis the season of overfamiliar musical comfort food, so this unusual repast from one of the Northwest’s premier vocal ensembles, the all-women early music group In Mulieribus (“amon ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 BRETT CAMPBELL

Psycho (Oregon Symphony)

One killer score.


Performance
On an October night many years ago, I awoke suddenly, my heart pounding, gasping for breath, still in the grip of a terrifying nightmare. What sparked such nocturnal panic? I’d left the radio on ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 BRETT CAMPBELL

Chopped Chopin

Classical


Special Section Stories
MUSIC MAN: Yaacov Bergman leads the Portland Chamber Orchestra. IMAGE: Duncan NeilsonWhen Portland Chamber Orchestra music director Yaacov Bergman was planning the company’s Sept. 10-11 Fr&eacu ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 1, 2010 BRETT CAMPBELL

3 Leg Torso Saturday, July 31


Portland’s most eclectic band gets even more eclectic...with sexy results!

[UNBRIDLED ECLECTICISM] “We call it our ‘Wet Album,’” Courtney von Drehle says of 3 Leg Torso’s richest, most colorful record since its 1996 inception. The phrase is both a play on the Beatles’ White Album and a term for reverb, and it’s a fitting joke: Recordin...   More
 
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 by BRETT CAMPBELL

3 Leg Torso Saturday, July 31

Portland’s most eclectic band gets even more eclectic...with sexy results!


Music Stories
[UNBRIDLED ECLECTICISM] “We call it our ‘Wet Album,’” Courtney von Drehle says of 3 Leg Torso’s richest, most colorful record since its 1996 inception. The phrase is both ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 BRETT CAMPBELL

Chamber Music Northwest’s Protégé Project

The 40-year-old festival gets loose.


Performance
Only in the musty museum world of classical music would white dinner jackets and ties qualify as “informal.” But that’s standard attire for the male musicians at summer festivals, in ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 BRETT CAMPBELL

This Time The Dream’s On Me


Koji Okuna brought sushi to Portland in 1982. Now he’s giving the gift of jazz.

[JAZZ] During his college days in Osaka, Japan, Koji Okuno was a pretty good jazz drummer. He performed regularly at clubs and coffeehouses until a bout with tuberculosis sidelined him; late nights in smoky jazz clubs didn’t help his condition. A later comeback attempt fell victim to an unfor...   More
 
Wednesday, June 9, 2010 by BRETT CAMPBELL
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