2019

MusicWatch Holidays: Auld lang syne

New Year’s Eve, like Death, is the great equalizer. We all celebrate the solstice-adjacent holidays differently–Christmas, Kwanzaa, Yule, Festivus, Hogswatch, and so on–but those of us who follow the Gregorian calendar all come to the end of 2019 at more or less

Sue Dixon, Portland Opera's new general director. Photo by Gia Goodrich.

Music Notes: Comings, goings, stayings

• Portland Opera has named Sue Dixon the company’s sixth general director, replacing Christopher Mattaliano, who departed in June after 16 years. She’s served the company in other capacities since 2014. PO also temporarily assigned Mattaliano’s artistic direction responsibilities to Palm Beach

A writer’s journey

In which our coast correspondent learns the secret to publishing a novel is to never, never, never give up.

Portland Sacred Harp performed shape note music in October. Photo by Daniel Heila.

Singing across the centuries

Excoriated musical Americana lives on with Portland Sacred Harp’s shape note singing convention.

Tony Starlight. Photo by Dave Degroot.

MusicWatch Holidays: Naughty and nice

Ho ho ho! Oregon First Winter is fully upon us: the snow and ice and seasonal depression haven’t hit in full force yet, but it’s finally cold and rainy enough to talk about holiday music. Let’s get started with an old favorite:

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