Chamber Music Northwest Summer Festival Portland Oregon

June 2021

Classical Up Close 9: A wet finale

A company of elite musicians closes its festival of outdoor concerts on a high note – and in the rain.

Pride and Prejudice in Keizer

The Oregon city has an LGBTQIA celebration in the park – and then the religious protesters crash the party.

Autopsy for the Arts

William Deresiewicz’s new book “The Death of the Artist” shows why it’s so hard to make a living making art today.

Classical Up Close 8: Emergency

Pianist Cary Lewis has a “critical heart incident” in mid-concert, and undergoes emergency surgery.

Classical Up Close 7: Brass & sass

As the festival enters the home stretch, the brasses come out to play and the tango music does an encore.

What you see & what you get

ArtsWatch Weekly: Photographic tales of Black Portland; picturing Pride; symphony’s new chief; more.

Kim Stafford’s great energy swap

“We’re back to where poetry has escaped the book. It’s not in the zoo of the library where it’s looking out through the bars of its cage.”

Cultivating Creative Community

Tualatin Valley Creates’ Arts & Leadership Incubator helps artists connect their work to the community.

Theater beyond age limits

Bonnie Vorenberg and ArtAge have helped spur a flourishing national scene of theater for older people.

Classical Up Close 6: Noble sounds

The festival soars past its halfway point with a pair of shows – and violist Charles Noble’s in the middle of the mix.

Brown in Black and White

Portland photographer Richard Brown’s new memoir depicts a colorful life of art and activism.