Chamber Music Northwest Summer Festival Portland Oregon

September 2018

Oregon Symphony’s diversity deficit

by DAMIEN GETER The Oregon Symphony opens its 2018-19 Classical Series Sunday with a musically diverse program and a glittering star — Renee Fleming. As varied as the concert selections are, though, they all have one thing in common: they were all

Imani Winds: unapologetically bold

What’s special about Imani Winds, besides their overall badassery as a woodwind quintet, is that the group boasts two composers—horn player Jeff Scott and flutist Valerie Coleman. Although Coleman is taking a break from performing with the group, her presence (physical and

DramaWatch: “Ordinary Days,” “Color” ways and other plays

Isaac Lamb is among the most versatile, widely accomplished of Portland-area theater artists, but he believes he’s found a particular niche with his work for Broadway Rose. Amid the crowd-pleasing classics, nostalgic tributes and revues, there’s room for what we might call

DanceWatch Weekly: Embracing Odissi in the Age of Trump

Since Donald Trump took office, I have been watching and admiring artists all around the world react to his words and policies and have been wondering how I should respond myself. Last October, I began seriously studying the dance form of Odissi

Innkeeper by vocation, actor by avocation

I met Sue Neuer some years ago at the front desk of a favorite Cannon Beach hotel. She knew me as the writer frequently on the road for work. I knew her as the innkeeper who tried to accommodate my need for

MusicWatch Weekly: time of the season

Yes, the Zombies no doubt played their iconic 1967 hit at Monday’s show at Revolution Hall, but there’s more seasonal music in the air this week. One of those iconic Portland fall traditions is to bring the family and some blankets and

Order up! “Waitress” hits the spot

It’s amazing that Waitress, the tiny little indie film from 2007 about a pregnant pie-making server in a bad marriage, ever became a Broadway musical. That this story – a rather intimate tale about a simple Southern woman’s life and love –

Accessible Arts 1: restrictions may apply

By DAVID MACLAINE The system finally caught up with us, right when we were getting comfortable. “Sorry, no seats in that section,” the helpful fellow at Portland’s Newmark Theatre box office told me. The moment we had finally gotten over our anxiety

Zombies rising at Linfield Theatre

George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead turns 50 on Oct. 1. This Thursday, the Linfield College drama team raises the curtain on Lori Allen Ohm’s stage version of the 98-minute black-and-white horror flick shot on a shoestring outside Pittsburgh in 1968.

Theater review: Blood in the snow

“Snow in Midsummer,” at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, adapts a 13-century Chinese classic to show ageless grief in modern times.

Andy Akiho: systems within systems

In the midst of a five-week music festival, a weird mid-week show starring composer-performer Andy Akiho felt like a village gathering. Akiho’s music, after all, is geared towards pretty specific tastes: challengingly colorful modern classical music, complex rhythmic grooviness and modern sonorities, rooted

Picturing Oregon: wide open space

On a recent Saturday afternoon I dropped in to the Portland Art Museum and immediately encountered a crowd at the entrance, lined up waiting to get in. That’s odd, I thought. Nice, but odd. Then I heard a bit of chatter in

Home, bittersweet home

Opposites repel, and a room in a retirement home becomes contested ground in “Ripcord,” a rip-roaring comedy at Clackamas Rep.

Love, labor, loss

The dedicated auto workers in Artists Rep’s “Skeleton Crew” have lives on the line and hard choices to make when their plant faces closure.

Cascadia Composers at ten

After Dan Brugh came back from music school, whenever he’d be back on Mount Tabor, near where he grew up, “I always wanted to play music there and bring in other composers,” the Portland composer remembers. But back then, there was no

Artist Deborah Horrell, 1953-2018

Word has arrived that the longtime Portland artist Deborah Horrell died on August 24 after a six-year battle with lung cancer. She was 65. Her obituary is here. “It is with heavy hearts that we inform you that our dear friend and

Rothko: a tunnel runs through it

The journey of the embattled Rothko Pavilion has taken a short cut – straight through the Portland Art Museum’s proposed link between its poorly connected north and south buildings. When the project went public in 2016 the glassing-in of what is now

‘Tango of the White Gardenia’: breaking the code

by ANGELA ALLEN For know-it-all critics and discerning music-goers, “community opera” can be code for bad music, lousy singers and shabby production. Not this time. Tango of the White Gardenia, a collaboration of Cascadia Chamber Opera (previously Cascadia Concert Opera) and Lincoln City