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allclassical ceo jack allen retires

Photo courtesy of AllClassical Public Media.

Jack Allen, the CEO of Allclassical Public Media (89.9FM, allclassical.org) has retired. Here is a link to the press release from the station. I was honored to serve on the board of directors from 2014 – 2017. Suzanne Nance, Vice President of Programming and On Air Host will step into the role of Interim CEO.

mozart for mom and spring is almost here

It has been a crazy month. On January 26th my mom died after a long struggle with dementia. The following weeks were taken up with arranging details of her memorial, going through thousands and thousands of pages of saved documents – some of which were important, most of which were not – reminiscing with my sister and my mom’s caregiver, and generally being exhausted. When we got back home after nearly three weeks away, it felt like we’d been on the worst vacation ever.

Slowly, I got back into the swing of things at work and teaching. When I’d gotten the news of my mom’s passing, I went into a panic about the upcoming playing obligations that I had over those next few weeks. The Oregon Symphony was very flexible and understanding with me taking leave to deal with the estate. Similarly, Third Angle and the University of Wyoming were very accommodating to my cancellations. The family does indeed come first.

One gig that I really wanted to try to keep was playing the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante with my dear friend and former OSO and Ethos Quartet colleague, violinist Denise Dillenbeck. I know the piece quite well and know Denise’s playing equally well, so even though rehearsal and practice time was going to be at a premium, my thought was that I could make it happen without making a fool of myself. So, the concert is coming up this Sunday, March 5th at 4 pm. It features the wonderful young musicians of the Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia Conservatory Orchestra, and I’m greatly looking forward to it. I’m dedicating my performance to my mom. I think she’d like that a lot.

Here’s me playing the opening viola solo line from the second movement. This movement is one of the greatest things written for stringed instruments. It’s essentially an instrumental opera, a love duet, I’d like to think. See that cool shirt I’m wearing? That is a prized memento of Portland’s great classical radio station (of which I’m a board member) AllClassical Portland, which just happens to be the No. 1 classical radio station in America*!  Help keep a great thing going strong, and give what you can by clicking here.


AllClassical Fundraising Update

According to the AllClassical.org website, our favorite local radio station has met its fiscal year end goal! $196,044 was raised to officially balance the budget and close the books on 2015-2016. Thanks to everyone who gave!

No word yet on the Oregon Symphony’s year-end effort. I’ll update when I have news.

Help allclassical and the oregon symphony close their budget gaps today!

It’s the end of the fiscal year for many arts and arts-related organizations as of midnight tonight, and two of my very favorite ones have some budget shortfalls to make up to end up with nice, tidy balance sheets going into the new fiscal year.

AllClassical FM (89.9 on the radio dial, and allclassical.org everywhere else) has just about $19,000 to raise by midnight tonight. I decided to take my previous year’s giving as a sustaining member and match it with a one-time payment. It’s the least I can do for such a vital organization to the arts community in Oregon and SW Washington (and the rest of the world, for that matter). I’m proud to be a board member at AllClassical, and I urge you to do what you can to help them end the year in the black! Give by clicking here.

The Oregon Symphony is also an organization that I hold dear (and not just because they pay my salary!), and they have a special giving incentive going on until midnight tonight – five board members have agreed to come together and match all donations that come in up until midnight tonight – doubling your donation! That is a gutsy move on the part of these valuable members of our team, and I urge you to help us close our funding gap as well. It is a smart investment in the cultural life of the City of Portland. Give by clicking here.

Thank you for your consideration and support. It really means the world to us!

AllClassical Portland’s fall membership drive


I’m proud to be a board member of Portland’s only classical radio station, Allclassical.org KQAC 89.9 FM. It’s fall membership drive time, and I’d regard it as a personal favor to me if you’d consider donating for the first time if you haven’t given previously, upping your gift renewal this year, or becoming a sustaining member of Allclassical.

Allclassical’s raison d’être is Building Cultural Community, and it is remarkable what a vital resource they are for both classical music lovers and the entire spectrum of classical music performers, from community orchestras to the Oregon Symphony.

  • New Program Director and on-air host Suzanne Nance is bringing a new A game to an already world-class announcing staff.
  • Thursdays @ Three, the live in-studio performance hour hosted by Robert McBride, is giving locally and nationally known performers a place to showcase their talents for listeners around the world, and giving studio audience members a chance to meet great artists up close and personal.
  • On Deck, produced and hosted by Christa Wessel, is giving remarkable young musicians a showcase, providing musical inspiration to young and old alike.
  • The Score, the nationally syndicated film music program hosted by Edmund Stone, profiles and interviews some of the top film composers of today, and gives insight into the great master film scorers of the bygone era.
  • For the first time, Allclassical and the Oregon Symphony teamed up to provide a live broadcast of the orchestra’s annual Waterfront Concert, enabling the entire region to join the tens of thousands of audience members at Tom McCall Waterfront Park.
  • These are only a few of the reasons Allclassical is such a valuable cultural resource for Portland and SW Washington.

I’d say these initiatives and more are worth supporting, don’t you agree? I hope you’ll join me in supporting this incredible organization as they seek funding for the remainder of the fiscal year.

Click here to donate!

arnica quartet plays benefit for allclassical portland


Today, Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 2pm, the Arnica String Quartet will play three wonderful American string quartets at the University of Portland Buckley Center Auditorium in a concert to benefit AllClassical Portland. Suggested donation is $10. Cash, checks, or credit/debit cards accepted. Come and join the Arnica Quartet in a concert of great music, supporting a great resource, Portland’s classical music station, building cultural community in Portland and beyond. Details are available at the Arnica Quartet’s website.

Initial press listed the venue as the Mago Hunt Recital Hall, but the event was moved to the Buckley Center Auditorium in order to provide more seating for supporters of AllClassical Portland. We hope to see you there this afternoon!

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