Doug Detrick, Samson Syharath, Dmae Roberts, & Veronica Nunez

January 9, 2017

Susannah is at the Hotel Deluxe for tea and a chat about what it means to be an artist in the new year. Guests include: Doug Detrick, Samson Syharath, Dmae Roberts, and Veronica Nunez. Thank you  Hotel Deluxe and David, our waiter extraordinaire! Included is an embarrassment of art event riches to mine, exciting, passion filled events. Take a leap and see the work of a company that you haven’t seen before.

Here are some of the companies and show sites referenced in the podcast:


Portland Actors Conservatory

Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble

Theatre Diaspora




Norman Huynh

December 27, 2016

Norman Huynh is the newly appointed Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Associate Conductor for the Oregon Symphony. In this position he is responsible for conducting family, youth education and specials concerts, as well as assisting for the masterworks series.

Throughout his career, Norman has conducted the Baltimore Symphony, Toledo Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Macon Symphony and Peabody Symphony Orchestra. Most recently he was a conducting fellow at the 2016 Aspen Music Festival and School under the tutelage of Robert Spano.

Norman studied orchestral conducting at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University working with Gustav Meier, Markand Thakar, Edward Polochick and Marin Alsop.  Previous teachers include John Ratledge, Demondrae Thurman and Adrian Gnam. 


Hershey Felder

December 19, 2016

Susannah chats with celebrated performer and pianist Hershey Felder brings the remarkable story of beloved composer Irving Berlin to The Armory with his highly acclaimed solo-show, Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin.


Okaidja Afroso

December 6, 2016

Okaidja Afroso was born into a family of singers and songwriters. At 19, he was accepted as a professional dancer for the prestigious Ghana Dance Ensemble. Okaidja’s first album, The Traditionalist, is his raw and emotional interpretation of the folkloric songs he grew up singing. His second album, Obutu Apla, ventures away from the strictly traditional and it was heavily influenced by Okaidja’s inquiry into the African Diaspora. WhoOkaidja's influences? Lokua Kanza from Congo, and Richard Bona from Cameroon.


David Saffert and Jillian Snow Harris

November 28, 2016

David Saffert and Jillian Snow Harris bring Liberace and Liza Minnelli to life this holiday season at Coho. Listen to how their show came to fruition, in addition to a story about David's flying piano!


Live from Artslandia 16/17 Launch Party!

September 26, 2016

Susannah sat down to chat with Kymberli Colbourne, Val Malllinson, Claire Willet, Scott Lewis from NW Dance Project, Bianca McCarthy from Echo Theatre, Kate Sipsey, and John Zajac from Isinglass, live from the Artslandia 16/17 Launch Party at The Society Hotel!

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Susannah recently performed some pieces from Sweeney Todd

September 22, 2016

This is usually where you’d find our weekly Adventures in Artslandia podcast from Susannah Mars, but right now Susannah’s off on an adventure of her own! She’s busy playing Mrs. Lovett in Portland Opera’s Sweeney Todd, which opened last weekend and continues into this one.

In this hilarious and (semi) sympathetic role, she cops a Cockney accent, sings several rollicking songs, and makes a failed attempt to woo Sweeney before meeting an untimely and violent end! Go see her! And meanwhile, don’t fret: we still have a broadcast for your eager ears! And it even still stars Susannah! Listen to Susannah and fellow cast mates in a special Sweeney Todd segment she recorded with Portland’s All Classical.


Jane Vogel, Karla Mason Smith and Jacklyn Maddux of AGE

September 22, 2016

Get reacquainted with  Jane Vogel, Karla Mason Smith and  Jacklyn Maddux, all of whom are doing exciting work for AGE; Age and Gender Equality in the Arts. Learn more here


Maestro Yaakov Bergman

September 22, 2016

One of America’s oldest chamber orchestras, the Portland Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1947 by Finnish composer and conductor, Boris Sirpo, who came to Portland after leaving his war-torn native country, and the orchestra was initially composed entirely of his music students at Lewis and Clark College. Charismatic Maestro Yaakov Bergman talks about the PCO mission and thrilling future projects.