November 2019

Left to right: James Shields, Sean Fredenburg, Sarah Tiedemann. Photo courtesy of Third Angle New Music.

The Meanings of Music, Part Three: Community grooves

Several questions haunted this journalist’s mind during a series of fall concerts put on by three of Portland’s most excellent classical groups: Fear No Music, Resonance Ensemble, and Third Angle New Music. The music was all good, but was often upstaged by

Farewell, my sweet gibassier

After 23 years the Pearl Bakery’s ovens are shutting down, and a vital slice of Portland’s culture with them.

The Meanings of Music, Part Two: Minding the beauty

Several questions haunted this journalist’s mind during a series of fall concerts put on by three of Portland’s most excellent classical groups: Fear No Music, Resonance Ensemble, and Third Angle New Music. The music was all good, but was often upstaged by

The Meanings of Music, Part One: Metabolizing Trauma

Several questions haunted this journalist’s mind during a series of fall concerts put on by three of Portland’s most excellent classical groups: Fear No Music, Resonance Ensemble, and Third Angle New Music. The music was all good, but was often upstaged by

DramaWatch: Sarah Ruhl’s Almond Joy

“Melancholy Play” is a whimsical reminder that sometimes you feel like a nut. Plus: holiday treats and Portland theater Christmas stuffing.

Close up and burning bright

Asylum Theatre reignites Lanford Wilson’s “Burn This” with intimate staging and palpable emotion.

Fernando Rodriguez submitted nine photos of anger for the Universal Feeling show. Photo by: David Bates

The medium is the mask

The Chehalem Cultural Center fills its galleries with masks by Tony Fuemmeler and other artists.

Michael Patrick Connolly and Patricia Charms in Nitemare B4 Xmas. Photo courtesy of Jason Wells.

King of the undead

Those of you who just can’t get enough Brahms and Beethoven are lucky: you get to hear those guys all the time on myriad concerts and fresh boxed sets and so on ad apparently infinitum. But if your favorite composer happens to

A soldier’s journey

Charles Burt charts a course from the rigors of military life to the rigors of an art academy.

A Tempest in the Schnitz

With a storm of Shakespeare’s words and Sibelius’s music, The Oregon Symphony pairs two twilight artists for a last hurrah.

Mario Díaz, Sarah Tiedemann, Valdine Mishkin, and Chris Whyte backstage duringThird Angle's "Homecomings" concert at New Expressive Works, October 2017. Photo by Kenton Waltz.

Composing on this side of complexity

Contemporary classical music composers–whom we might define as “those who look to the classical canon as root”–are frequently self-conscious about the historical and perennial shortcomings of modern art music (“that which seeks to transcend the history of western music”–again, my definition). Hyper

Detail from “Some However,” presented to the city by Juergen Eckstein in 2005. It is located on the grounds of the Newport Performing Arts Center. Photo by: Karen Pate

Farewell to a free spirit

Newport’s Juergen Eckstein — painter, sculptor, and community presence — died Oct. 31.

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