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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Classical But Were Afraid to Ask


April Baer

April Baer

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Niel DePonte

Niel DePonte

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Last month State of Wonder teamed up with the musicians of the Oregon Symphony. (Lovely people!) Each year, in between their formal performance schedule, they stage a series of informal concerts called Classical Up Close. The one we participated in took place at the Brunish Theatre in Portland.

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Our co-host for the evening was Niel DePonte, principal percussionist for the Symphony, founder of Metro Arts Inc., and man-about-town. The panel included:

Our promise to the audience was to deliver: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Classical Music but Were Afraid To Ask. The file at the top of this page is the edited version you heard on the show. At the bottom of this page, you’ll find the complete audio from the program. Follow the musicians on Facebook if you want to stay in the loop for stuff like this in the future.

Niel gives the crowd a quick lesson in conducting.

Niel gives the crowd a quick lesson in conducting.

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The Oregon Symphony plays one of its last shows of this season this weekend. Joshua Bell is visiting, and will solo in a program featuring Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor. Stravinsky’s Firebird is also on the bill.

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