oso piccolo player in the spotlight this week

Our stellar piccolo player, Zach Galatis, has been featured in today’s Oregonian in an article penned by long time arts writer David Stabler. Zach is one of the jewels of the orchestra, and so deserving of the spotlight!

kalmar & oso eight years on

David Stabler has an extensive (by newspaper standards) article in this Sunday’s Oregonian (available today on newstands or online) on OSO music director Carlos Kalmar and his effect on the Oregon Symphony. I’m quoted extensively in the article, and I’m sure I’ll take a lot of grief for my “we’re the dog” bit of frippery.  But I was quoted accurately. It’s a pretty balanced and sympathetic article. Well worth reading.

Here’s a video of an interview with Carlos from the article’s website:

badbeard hits the big time

Justin “Badbeard” Kagan, the Portland cellist neé coffee roaster and foodie extraordinaire, has been featured in today’s Oregonian courtesy of the O’s classical music critic David Stabler.  It’s a nice write up, and you can find it here.  Justin does a great job of explaining his coffee ethos, and that is worth sharing once more:

Coffee should make you think of coffee, not a hipster, fetishistic expression of some great unknown, and it can and should awaken one’s imagination.