Linked, mis-linked and unreviewed

Well, this is a little embarrassing.

This morning I woke up and decided to link to all the reviews of the big shows this weekend, specifically the Oregon Symphony’s concert, the Portland Opera’s Big Night gala and street fair and “Oklahoma!”

I didn’t find very much. In fact I only found one mention of the symphony concert, Marty Hughley’s review of “Oklahoma!” and James McQuillen’s take on the opera gala. Oh, in addition to my own posts on the latter two here on OPB’s Arts and Life page (and the review of “Oklahoma!” below).

Still, I posted about it, and then I received a message from the symphony’s Elaine Calder pointing out that the review I’d linked to for the symphony concert was from February! Oops! So, that means I couldn’t find a single review of the evening, which featured Carlos Kalmar conducting the orchestra with soloist Elina Vähälä in Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2. (I had stopped my search at “Rachmaninoff” and failed to take it one crucial step further.)

And frankly, I don’t know what to say about that. Not the mistake: All I can say about that is “Sorry!”  But the fact that I couldn’t find a critical response about the concert from Portland’s ever-shrinking arts journalism community to add to our thinking about it, especially as the concert repeats tonight. Ultimately, my hope is that a full-throated, well-funded Oregon Arts Watch might provide that service. We’re not there yet, but that’s part of the idea!

Maybe someone will write about the concert later today. I certainly hope so. And when that someone does, I’ll link you to the review.

UPDATE: James McQuillen to the symphony rescue.

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