february artslandia profile: joy fabos, principal librarian

Joy Fabos, principal librarian of the Oregon Symphony, is the subject of the February artslandia profile. Joy is one of those people whose name pretty much sums them up. She’s a joy to have in our workplace, and she’s one of the best in the business. It’s so nice to see her get this much-deserved recognition!

Ginette Depreist donates Marion Anderson Lincoln Memorial outfit to new museum

If you take a look at the online edition of the New York Times, you’ll find a wonderful walkthrough of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. The multimedia feature also tells the stories of several of the many Americans who donated items of historic value to be included in the museum’s collection.

One of these remarkable Americans featured in the article is Portland’s own Ginette Depreist, whose late husband James Depreist was the Music Director of the Oregon Symphony from 1980 to 2003, and nephew of the acclaimed singer Marion Anderson. Ginette donated the jacket and skirt worn by Anderson at her historic performance at the Lincoln Memorial on Easter Sunday of 1939, after she was prohibited from performing at hall of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Here is a screen capture of the section of the Times article about this gift:


What an amazing gift and remembrance. I know that next time I’m in the nation’s capital, I’ll be making a visit to this incredible museum part of my stay.

the oregonian newspaper now less than useless to the arts

I could be mistaken, but there has not been a review of an Oregon Symphony classical performance since November 2015. Shame on you, Oregonian! Aside from making itself the perfect size for lining the bottom of a bird cage, this ‘flagship’ publication is well nigh doing nothing for the classical music community. It’s a shame, with the years of distinguished writing by David Stabler and James McQuillen, that the management of the paper clearly sees no value in reviewing performances by the largest arts organization in the state of Oregon. The latest mention of the OSO is in a letter to the editor about rude audience members at our closing Mahler concert. But they will do a slideshow of a nude production of Shakespeare in Central Park. Please.