All Classical Portland tunes up at virtual concert hall
Have you been stuck at home because of COVID-19, government restrictions, unemployment, unsafe streets or wildfires?
You probably have — and wore out the TV remote control and computer keys in the process.
How about going retro and listening to the radio?
(Or, in the case of virtually every radio station, listen to the "radio" on the internet).
All Classical Portland doesn't stop because of a pandemic or a protest or a weather event, but it's helping musicians who have been sidelined in the past several months. "Fall into the Arts: A Radio Festival of Local Performances" will feature the recorded music and interviews with some 30 ensembles and arts organizations in the next two months, Sept. 24 to Nov. 19.
There'll be nine parts, airing at 7 p.m. Thursdays on All Classical Portland (89.9 FM) and worldwide at www.allclassical.org. They'll be rebroadcast at 4 p.m. Sundays. The shows include curated selections of previously recorded live performances — about four ensembles featured in each episode, including community-based orchestras, choral ensembles, chamber music groups, youth ensembles and more.
"Autumn annually ushers in a new arts season," said Brandi Parisi, producer of "Fall into the Arts" and host of the first broadcast. "There is a sense of magic in the air as we anticipate the return of our beloved musicians to the stage. This year, performers are navigating a delayed return to the stage."
So, in what Parisi describes as "radio at its best," All Classical Portland will put on a special series of dynamic concerts and interviews.
All Classical Portland radio personalities, including Christa Wessel and John Burk, will host a program throughout the series. The final episode, Nov. 19, will include a world premiere of works commissioned by All Classical Portland by composer Damien Geter and poet S. Renee Mitchell.
The list of groups involved includes Resonance Ensemble, Oregon Symphony, Cappella Romana, Portland Youth Philharmonic, Big Mouth Society, Third Angle New Music, Portland Opera and more.
All Classical Portland broadcasts on KQAC 89.9 FM in Portland and Vancouver; KQOC 88.1 FM in Newport and Lincoln City; KQHR 88.1 FM in Hood River and The Dalles; KQHR 96.3 FM in the gorge; KQMI 88.9 FM in Manzanita; 95.7 FM in Corvallis; and KSLC 90.3 FM in McMinnville.
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