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Notations - Darrell Grant

Bridging the vibrant history of Black music to Portland. Watch the final episode of the digital series, Notations. In this episode, composer and pianist Darrell Grant shares his personal journey of learning about the musical history of Portland’s Black community. Once a vibrant mecca, Portland's jazz scene was decimated when the Black community was displaced by freeways and structures.

This moving episode concludes with Grant performing his piece "Crossing the Bridge, Vanport" with musicians of the Oregon Symphony. The song speaks to his belief that “human beings can find ways to communicate across the things that divide us” and is a tribute to those responsible for Portland’s jazz scene in the 1940s.

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Notations - Darrell Grant

Bridging the vibrant history of Black music to Portland. Watch the final episode of the digital series, Notations. In this episode, composer and pianist Darrell Grant shares his personal journey of learning about the musical history of Portland’s Black community. Once a vibrant mecca, Portland's jazz scene was decimated when the Black community was displaced by freeways and structures. This moving episode concludes with Grant performing his piece "Crossing the Bridge, Vanport" with musicians of the Oregon Symphony. The song speaks to his belief that “human beings can find ways to communicate across the things that divide us” and is a tribute to those responsible for Portland’s jazz scene in the 1940s.

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Notations - Inés Voglar Belgique

A personal musical journey from Venezuela to Portland. In this episode of Notations, Oregon Symphony violinist Inés Voglar Belgique proudly discusses her Venezuelan roots and commitment to introduce Oregonians to her beloved culture through music. Inés shares how she has made the “beautiful city” of Portland her home, connects with other Venezuelans who reside in Oregon, and provides food, medication, and scholarship opportunities to her native country. Enjoy Oregon Symphony violinists Inés Voglar Belgique and Keiko Araki as they perform Pablo Herrero and Jose Armenteros’ “Venezuela.”

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Notations - Andy Akiho

Trinidad. Portland. Rome. NYC. Tokyo. Composer and percussionist Andy Akiho draws inspiration from all the places he's visited and lived. Learn how Akiho pursued his passion for steel by traveling to Trinidad and learning the craft from where the art form originated and thrives to this day. The avant-garde percussionist describes his way of living life as “just getting to know people in so many cultures and making music with people from around the world.”

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Classical Sessions: Carlos@18 – Mozart and Górecki: A Little Night Music

A Note from Mozart. Watch the FINAL episode of Carlos@18. Perhaps one of the most famous pieces of music written for strings is Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. Some consider it a serenade, but why? There are not enough movements, it lacks the shape of a serenade, and there are no winds. But Mozart (allegedly) wrote a note on the side of the score that read “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” (“A Little Night’s Music”). No matter how you define it, this is one of the best pieces of music you will encounter. Also in this episode, Polish composer Henryk Górecki’s Three Pieces in Old Style for string orchestra.

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Classical Sessions: Carlos@18 – Anna Clyne's Stride

Take an octave leap with Beethoven in this episode of Carlos@18! Only recently have the works by female composers finally begun to be showcased in concert halls around the world. The current episode of Carlos@18 features world-renowned British composer Anna Clyne’s Stride. This beautifully crafted and personal piece was heavily influenced by Beethoven’s Pathétique Sonata. Clyne says, "I chose a few melodic, rhythmic and harmonic fragments from each of the three movements and developed these in the three corresponding sections of Stride. The title is derived from the octave leaps that stride in the left hand in the first movement of Sonata Pathétique."

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Classical Sessions: Carlos@18 – Dag Wirén’s Serenade for Strings, Op. 11

When you think of a serenade you may think about music that is a bit lighter in character and pleasing to the ear. Twentieth-century Swedish composer Dag Wirén delivers on that serenade expectation! Wirén’s Serenade for Strings, Op. 11 is certain to bring a smile to your face and may induce spontaneous whistling. But, don’t be fooled, it is a well-crafted composition with colors, detail, and depth.

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Symphony Storytime

"Love" featuring the viola

"Everything that can be called love – from shared joy to comfort in the darkness – is gathered in the pages of this reassuring, refreshingly honest picture book." —The New York Times Book Review. From Newbery Medal-winning author Matt de la Peña and bestselling illustrator Loren Long comes a story about the strongest bond there is and the diverse and powerful ways it connects us all. Discover it all in LOVE.

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"Edward the Emu" featuring the Bassoon

Today's episode of Symphony Storytime is a wonderful story with a wonderful message: be yourself! Tired of his life as an emu at the zoo, Edward decides to try being something else for a change. He tries swimming with the seals. He spends a day lounging with the lions. He even does a stint slithering with the snakes. But Edward soon discovers that being himself is the best after all. Written by Sheena Knowles and illustrated by Rod Clement. Hosted by Amy Haroldson and featuring Carin Miller Packwood, Principal Bassoon.

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"Drum Dream Girl" featuring the Timpani and Percussion

Inspired by the true story of a Chinese-African-Cuban girl who broke a taboo against female drummers, Drum Dream Girl is a brave musical journey for young dreamers everywhere!

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87. Practice Makes Purrrfect

As if napping and keeping groomed weren't enough, Oregon Symphony violinist Keiko Araki's cat is busy training to be a conductor. Today's #minuteformusic features the ever-affectionate Zoot as he widens his palate and dons his finest concert attire. Performing all four parts of "The Waltzing Cat" by Leroy Anderson, Keiko used some digital magic to transpose one of the parts down an octave, giving the song a reverberating bass part fit for a feline.

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86. Associate Concertmasters Peter Frajola and Erin Furbee

As we look ahead toward the crisp days of fall, wave goodbye to summer with this farewell tango. Today's #minuteformusic features Oregon Symphony Associate Concertmaster Peter Frajola and Assistant Concertmaster Erin Furbee performing Garardo Matos Rodríguez's "La Cumparsita." Loosely translated as "Little Parade," the song is commonly played at the end of an enjoyable evening of dancing to indicate that the night is over.

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85. Colin Corner

Start your week off with this Brazilian jazz favorite. Today's #minuteformusic features Oregon Symphony's principal bassist, Colin Corner, playing "How Insensitive," a popular bossa nova standard composed by Antônio Carlos Jobim. Reflecting a time when students, artists, and musicians came together on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro to create a new sound, this song and performance are sure to give your day a tropical twist.

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Essential Sounds

Episode 6 | Community

Welcome to the season finale of Essential Sounds, playing tribute to our community. In this episode, you’ll hear our violinist Gregory Ewer’s story of how music connects us when we can’t be together physically. Portland songwriter Holcombe Waller sings his song “Hardliners” with an Oregon Symphony quartet, and Principal Cello Nancy Ives performs a tribute for her sister as she watches live, remotely.

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Episode 5 | Educators

Hear a moving rendition of “A Change Is Gonna Come” by vocalist Alonzo Chadwick, as well as performances by Oregon Symphony musicians and a conversation about creating art during the pandemic with Andrew Norman, described by the Los Angeles Times as “the leading American composer of his generation.”

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Episode 4 | Medical Research

Hear performances by Oregon Symphony musicians, Blind Pilot frontman Israel Nebeker, and a conversation with American composer Jessie Montgomery, as well as Principal Bassoonist Carin Miller Packwood’s story of how her friend, a cellist and pathologist in New York City, is using skills she initially developed as a musician to identify patterns in our blood that could help fight the coronavirus.

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Listening Room

Luigi Cherubini: Overture to Ali Baba

Recorded live at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, Oregon on September 26, 27 & 28, 2015. Carlos Kalmar, conductor.

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Felix Mendelssohn: Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream

Recorded live at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, Oregon on April 9-11, 2016. Carlos Kalmar, conductor.

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Dvořák: The Water Goblin, Op. 107

Recorded live at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, Oregon on March 17-19, 2019. Carlos Kalmar, conductor.

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Studio to School Project: Year Three in Review

A look back at this program that brings high-quality music education, staff development, and arts-integrated learning into schools.

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Oregon Symphony & NW Community Gospel Chorus: “Hallelujah”

An audio excerpt from the 2018 CD Gospel Christmas

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