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Cappella Romana and Kingdom Sound performed together in 2024. Screenshot of concert video courtesy of Cappella Romana.

A resonant electrifying current: Reflecting on Cappella Romana and Kingdom Sound’s recent concert and albums by Cappella Romana, Resonance Ensemble, Eugene Concert Choir, Oregon Repertory Singers

The Orthodox choral ensemble and Gospel choir joined their voices for February’s “Black Voices in Orthodox Music: How Sweet the Sound.” Recent albums released by Oregon choirs feature music by Melissa Dunphy, Renée Favand-See, Naomi LaViolette, Morten Lauridsen, Stacey Philipps, Undine Smith Moore, Joel Thompson, and more.

Everybody comes to Mekong Bistro

With music and dancing and dining and a welcoming vibe, a refugee from Pol Pot’s Cambodia has created a gathering place for Southeast Asians and others in greater Portland.

Stage & Studio: A Memory of Gerardo Calderon

The vibrant musician, born in Mexico and bringing its sounds and traditions to the Northwest, has died. Dmae Lo Roberts brings back this podcast conversation with him.

Leonard Bernstein in 1955

PuzzleWatch: Maestro – The Bernstein Puzzle

The iconic conductor, composer, and music educator, back in the limelight after getting the biopic treatment, now receives the greatest honor of them all: his own ArtsWatch crossword puzzle.

The North Pole Cello Sextet with drummer Sergio Carreno at Mississippi Studios for 45th Parallel Universe's 2023 Holiday Pub Crawl. Photo by James Shields.

Spontaneity and improvisation: 45 Parallel’s Holiday Pub Crawl featured a pair of singer-songwriters, a jazz trio, klezmer violin and clarinets, a cello sextet, and a warning from the fire marshall

45||’s four-venue evening sprawled across Mississippi Avenue in North Portland, featuring: singer-songwriters Jim Brunberg and Ben Landsverk; clarinetists James Shields, Mark Dubac, and new executive director Lisa Lipton, plus violinist and outgoing ED Ron Blessinger; the all-star jazz trio of John Nastos, Clay Giberson, and Christopher Brown; the North Pole Cello Sextet; and some fancy footwork.

Philips Pavilion by Le Corbusier, Brussels, 'Expo 58.

2023 in Review: What we heard this year

A longitudinal study of everything we loved (and a few things we didn’t) in Oregon music this year, and last year, world without end, amen.

Coty Raven Morris singing at an All Classical event. Photo by Phillip Pasteris.

Music News & Notes: Good Tidings

Recent moves and kudos about 45th Parallel Universe, Third Angle New Music, Friends of Chamber Music, Cappella Romana, Tomas Cotik, and other figures in Oregon classical and jazz music.

As a drummaker holds up her creation, the lacing cast shadows against the skin. Photo by: David Bates

Inner Oasis Drum Circle: Connecting to the heartbeat of life

The weekly McMinnville gathering, like others around the state, draws participants who say they are both energized and calmed by the practice. “The primitive nature of the drum in the story of humanity,” says one drummer.

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Chamber Music Northwest Beethoven's Complete Piano Trios The Old Church Portland Oregon
City of Hillsboro Walters Cultural Arts Center She's Speaking Live! Hillsboro Oregon
Grace Goudy Distinguished Artists Series Willamette University Salem Oregon
Portland State University College of Arts William Shakespeare Measure for Measure PSU Portland Oregon
Portland Chamber Orchestra Young Artist Competition University of Portland Free Event Portland Oregon
Portland Area Theatre Alliance Fertile Ground Portland Oregon
Portland Art Museum Virtual Sneakers to Cutting Edge Kicks Portland Oregon
Tilikum Chamber Orchestra Lake Oswego High School Fairy Tales and Folk Songs Lake Oswego Oregon
Portland Center Stage at the Armory Quixote Nuevo Portland Oregon
Portland Columbia Symphony Realm of Nature Beaverton and Gresham Oregon
Portland Opera The Snowy Day Newmark Theatre Portland Oregon
White Bird Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Keller Auditorium Portland Oregon
Northwest Dance Project Sarah Slipper Newmark Theatre Portland Oregon
Corrib Theatre Contemporary Irish Theatre Portland Oregon
Seattle Opera The Life and Times of MalcolmX McCaw Hall Seattle Washington
Metropolitan Youth Symphony Music Concert Rooted Newmark Theatre Portland Oregon
White Bird Dance Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Newmark Theater Portland Oregon
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