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 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!
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!
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.
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 ageinthearts.org
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.