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Brett Campbell
Brett Campbell is a frequent contributor to The Oregonian, San Francisco Classical Voice, Oregon Quarterly, and Oregon Humanities. He has been classical music editor at Willamette Week, music columnist for Eugene Weekly, and West Coast performing arts contributing writer for the Wall Street Journal, and has also written for Portland Monthly, West: The Los Angeles Times Magazine, Salon, Musical America and many other publications. He is a former editor of Oregon Quarterly and The Texas Observer, a recipient of arts journalism fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (Columbia University), the Getty/Annenberg Foundation (University of Southern California) and the Eugene O’Neill Center (Connecticut). He is co-author of the biography Lou Harrison: American Musical Maverick (Indiana University Press, 2017) and several plays, and has taught news and feature writing, editing and magazine publishing at the University of Oregon School of Journalism & Communication and Portland State University.

Kevin Irving dances into the music

Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra hires the former Oregon Ballet Theatre leader as its executive director, and other comings and goings in Oregon music.

Copy/Transform/Combine

Portland filmmaker Kirby Ferguson’s new documentary ‘Everything is a Remix — Remixed’ shows how artistic creativity really happens — again.

The Art of Tea

Through a lifelong study of the Japanese tea ceremony, Oregon’s Margie Yap learned how to brew an intentional life.

Beyond Fridolatry

Brett Campbell talks with the composer of Portland Opera’s “Frida,”
about the artist’s extraordinary life.

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.

Radio Rejuvenation

Portland’s All Classical Radio moves to bring more diverse music to more diverse audiences.

Singing Strings

Composer Stephen Scott created singular music — and a unique instrument to play it.

Michael Harrison: Exotic Resonance

The pioneering composer’s shimmering new album with Roomful of Teeth caps a career devoted to the beauties of musical tunings — and started in Oregon

Zooming into a new theater

As the pandemic shuts down in-person shows, director Patrick Nims blazes a trail in live video theater.

Portland Youth Philharmonic: Creative Response

Pandemic inspires youth orchestra to create a new music festival and commissioning program featuring new music by diverse voices Art is all about creativity, so when the pandemic struck, Portland Youth Philharmonic, facing cancellation of in-person classes and concerts, got creative. The

Theater for the Ears

Portland theaters, shut off from the stage, find a future from the past: radio theater, updated for the digital age.

Music Notes: gone virtual

With so many performances going online, our news roundup follows suit with video and audio from Oregon musicians for your home streaming enjoyment

Safe Distance Sounds 3: Oregon voices

Recent recordings by Cappella Romana, the Broken Consort, Portland State University Chamber Choir and The Industry showcase Oregon choral and vocal music

Passing the Torch

Cascadia Composers’ In Good Hands expands students’ horizons and brings music to the next generations.

Virtual Festivals

Oregon festivals spread the music online and in other virus-resistant forms. Brett Campbell counts the ways.

Leaning into the Lockdown

The good, the bad, and the adaptable: Oregon musicians make the best of a socially isolated summer.

Summer Streams

Chamber Music Northwest, Oregon Bach Fest lead parade of summer shows from onstage to online.

Homeward Unbound

Let there be many: Brett Campbell’s radical resetting of Oregon arts policy for the post-Covid age.

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