All Classical Radio James Depreist
April 2020
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Ronni Lacroute says arts organizations hardest hit by the coronavirus shutdown are those locked into a venue, like a symphony hall or a theater that doesn’t allow flexible spacing. Smaller, project-based companies are better able to look at alternatives. Photo by: Carolyn Wells-Kramer

‘A world of uncertainty’

Voices from the front: Philanthropist Ronni Lacroute says COVID-19 is forcing arts groups to think in new ways.

A poet laureate for new times

On Monday, April 27, Governor Kate Brown named Anis Mojgani as Oregon’s 10th Poet Laureate. Mojgani, whose two-year appointment begins May 4, succeeds Kim Stafford, who has held the post since 2018. In a press release Brown praised Mojgani as “the pragmatic

Tragedy and loss

Mourning the passing of Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki, whose music processes trauma.

Safe distance sounds

Brett Campbell gets down with the beat at home with a stack of recent Oregon jazz recordings.

Photo First: An Open-air Museum

As the “real” museums shut down. K.B. Dixon tours the city’s murals and discovers a free exhibit on the streets.

Starting Over: Point to point

How are big arts groups handling the pandemic? Portland Center Stage’s Cynthia Fuhrman takes it step by step.

ArtsEd: Age of anxiety

Even without a pandemic, middle school can be stressful. Create More, Fear Less channels that anxiety into art.

A decade on Broadway

After retiring from his last teaching job, at Eugene’s Spencer Butte Middle School, Paul Bodin “wanted to see what it was like to be a student again.” And he wanted to explore the music that had enchanted him since childhood but had

Photo First: Running on Empty

As the pandemic empties the city’s center, a paean to the rhythm that has always given Portland a time of solitude.

Friday coronavirus arts news roundup

Relief efforts for artists affected by income loss from the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting crash of the economy continue. More is needed.

Roger Saydack, leading Oregon Bach Festival's artistic director search.

Looking for Leadership

When Roger Saydack lived on a bare bones graduate student budget at the University of Oregon in the mid-1970s, the only way he could afford to hear classical music live was what’s now called the Oregon Bach Festival’s Discovery Series concerts. Following

Starting Over: Enter the Dragon

Combine a pandemic and an economic crisis and you get the dragon. How do you fight it? With songs and strategies, poems and music. You wait the dragon out.

Arlene Schnitzer dies at 91

The Portland philanthropist, gallery pioneer, and art collector helped shape the city’s cultural scene.

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