Philip Glass’s In the Penal Colony is a chilling thriller and we imagine no-one will do it better than visionary director Jerry Mouawad and conductor Nicholas Fox. A visitor is invited to a penal colony to observe the execution of a prisoner at the hands of a nightmarish machine. The New York Times calls Glass' piece a “surreal exploration of injustice.” Intimately performed in the round, don't miss this thrilling evening of theatre at Portland Opera. Jerry and Nicholas share insight into this one of kind production.
Tonight Nothing is new work created and performed by Merideth Kaye Clark and Katherine Murphy Lewis that follows the paths of two long-term friends, Kaye and Em, who find their way back to themselves and each other. What makes up a legacy? What we leave, or don’t leave, behind? and How on earth do we let go?
Come find out at Coho Productions July 26 – 28.
Brilliant citizen artist Darrell Grant, a recipient of an Oregon Creative Heights grant, is known for his multifaceted and deep artistic projects. Listen here for a preview of his performance of The Territory coming up at the Oregon Bach Festival on July 12th. Grant also shares for the first time a snippet of work he created for his son’s graduation from middle school.
Susannah chats with the brilliant and charming George Manahan, Portland Opera’s Music Director and the conductor of The Barber of Seville, and the lovely and talented Aleksandra Romano, who will be our city’s own Rosina. Their wide-ranging conversation covers Rossini, mischief and fun in opera, and what’s up in Portland!
Celebrate Mother's Day with the brilliant Marilyn de Oliveira! A mother of two herself, she has been the assistant principal in the cello section of the Oregon Symphony since 2009, as well as working with other musical groups in town. This lovely and talented artist is a marvel to listen to, both on stage and in this segment of Adventures in Artslandia. Don't forget to subscribe, this is your place to get up close and personal with artists, performers, and geniuses in our community!
Pickathon. What is it? It's a mind blowing three-day music festival that takes place every August at Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, near Portland. Phil Lesh, Nathaniel Rateliff, Lucius, Yob, and Our Girl, to name a few, in state of the art venues. Plus, the festival has the best food in town, and promotes an ecologically aware, sustainable ethos. Don't miss it. Family friendly!
Photo: Kjerstin Johnson
Frequently praised for the timbre of her voice, Hannah Penn stars in Portland Opera’s As One, a stunning coming-of-age story in which two voices—a mezzo-soprano and a baritone—share the role of transgender heroine Hannah. Discover behind-the-scenes details and more as Hannah talks about this “one woman show played by two people.” Opens at Newmark Theatre on March 22.
Happy New Year! Bring it in with the exciting work of Kenji Bunch, Artistic Director of FEAR NO MUSIC. He talks about the exciting work they are championing, supporting the work of local composers' talent and culture. Locally Sourced, a concert on January 21st at The Old Church, is an annual program celebrating music created right here in the Pacific Northwest by the composers living among us.
The excitement about what's to come with our Oregon Symphony is palpable; music inspires and unites us. President and CEO of the Oregon Symphony, Scott Showalter shares what's new and thrilling with our own (FANFARE HERE) OREGON SYMPHONY!