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Portland: Classical Music

Portland Classical Music: Classical Music Around Portland

Below are our Portland Classical Music recommendations, with information on location, admission, transportation/parking, ensemble/venue history and other points of interest in Portland Art.

Bravo! Vancouver Chorale

Since its founding in 1993, Bravo! Vancouver Chorale’s ranks have swelled to include 65 auditioned singers who have helped establish the choir as one of the premier Northwest vocal ensembles. Bravo! performs a wide range of sacred and secular works, crossing the musical distance between classical, jazz and pop with aplomb. Under the baton of Michael Kissinger, the group has toured all around the Northwest and traveled in 2001 to …more…

Cappella Romana

Since the founding of Cappella Romana in 1991, the vocal chamber ensemble has been presenting intriguing and historically informed programs that unite the Christian traditions of both Eastern and Western Europe. With rare concert performances of sacred Byzantine and Slavic vocal repertoire in their original languages, and cohesive programs such as “The Bodiless Powers: Angelic Song in Byzantine Chant” and “Arvo Pärt: Odes of Repentance,” Cappella Romana offers Pacific Northwest …more…

Chamber Music Northwest

Chamber Music Northwest Information

Venues: Kaul Auditorium (3203 SE Woodstock Boulevard); St. Mary’s Cathedral (1739 NW Couch Street)
Public Transportation: Fair for Kaul Auditorium (accessible by buses 10 and 19). Very Good for St. Mary’s Cathedral (a short walk from buses 15, 18, and 20 at SW 18th Avenue/West Burnside Street; and a 3-minute walk from bus 17 at NW Everett Street/NW 19th Avenue and from buses 51 and 63, and the …more…

Oregon Symphony

Founded as the Portland Symphony Society in 1896, The Oregon Symphony is the oldest orchestra west of the Mississippi and was one of the first American orchestras to be founded before 1900. With a commitment to serve the statewide and regional community, the Oregon Symphony offers a multitude of special programs that serve both the city of Portland along with surrounding rural areas through their Community Music Partnership initiative. During …more…

Pink Martini

Perhaps Portland’s best known musical export today is Pink Martini, a multi-cultural, genre-defying mini-orchestra that spends as much (if not more) time touring clubs and concert halls around the world as it does in its home town.  The group was founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where pianist and leader Thomas Lauderdale and vocalist China Forbes met as students at Harvard University.  The pair shared diverse musical tastes and a love of …more…

Portland Chamber Orchestra

The Portland Chamber Orchestra is, today, one of America’s oldest and most respected chamber orchestras. The ensemble was founded in 1947 by Boris Sirpo and was initially composed of entirely Lewis & Clark College music students. Since then, the orchestra has expanded to its current makeup of professionals from all around the Northwest. Numerous conductors have stood at the PSO podium including John Trudeau, Paul Bellam, Sylvan Fremaux, Charles Schneider …more…

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Vancouver, Washington is often overlooked given its close proximity to the Northwest’s up-and-coming metropolitan mecca, Portland. But Vancouver has it’s own vibrant arts scene, with one of the finest examples being the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, a 75-member ensemble led by Maestro Salvador Brotons.

The Symphony began in 1972 as the Vancouver Chamber Orchestra, with 20 members under the direction of Larry Hirtzel. They became the Vancouver Community Orchestra, which later joined …more…