Angela Allen

Resonance Ensemble’s masterpiece

The March 17 concert featured commissioned work by Grant and Sei alongside music by Joel Thompson, Rosephayne Powell, and regular Resonance collaborator Melissa Dunphy.

Originally Published in Oregon ArtsWatch March 2024

The Portland choir sings Darrell Grant and A. Mimi Sei’s new commissioned project, “Sankofa." See Angela’s review Read More

“The Snowy Day”

The family-friendly opera by composer Joel Thompson and librettist Andrea Davis Pinkney was premiered in 2021 Houston and runs in Portland through March 24.

Originally Published in Oregon ArtsWatch March 2024

Portland Opera touches all ages with its winsome spring production based on the Ezra Jack Keats’ mid-century book. See Angela’s review. Read More

“X” is powerful

SO co-produced the revival of the 1986 Anthony Davis opera, revised and re-premiered in 2022 by Detroit Opera.

Originally Published in Oregon ArtsWatch March 2024

The 3-hour Anthony Davis opera updates the revolutionary piece staged decades ago. See Angela’s review. Read More

David Bowie tribute

McCaslin, also the touring show’s artistic director, discusses his time recording with the singer and working to bring “Blackstar” to the symphony.

Originally Published in Oregon ArtsWatch February 2024

Saxophonist Donny McCaslin brings David Bowie’s last album “Blackstar” alive. See Angela’s story. Read More

“Omar” in San Francisco

The Pulitzer-winning opera by Rhiannon Giddens & Michael Abels makes its way across the country.

Originally Published in Oregon ArtsWatch November 2023

Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels' opera is overwhelmingly beautiful from singing to scenery. See Angela’s review. Read More

Native son guitarist

The Oregon jazz guitarist discusses his background, his love for Pat Metheny and for education, and his new album on Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble Records.

Originally Published in Oregon ArtsWatch December 2023

Portland’s Dan Balmer has a new album, "When the Night.” See Angela’s story/review. Photo by Norm Eder. Read More

PBO’s magnificent `Messiah’

The evergreen seasonal oratorio received a stellar complete performance from choir, soloists, and period instruments at First Baptist Church.

Originally Published in Oregon ArtsWatch December 2023

Three-hour feast of Handel music soars with soloists and Capella Romana chorus. See Angela’s review. Photo by Joe Cantrell. Read More

Catalyst’s latin concert

The Grammy-nominated quartet’s “¡Viva la Música!” program November 30 (part of their CMNW residency) made the most of the group’s Latin roots, featuring music by Paquito D’Rivera and Astor Piazzolla alongside Ravel, Gershwin, and Shaw.

Originally Published in Oregon ArtsWatch December 2023

Violist Paul Laraia leans into an evening of latin chamber pieces. See Angela’s story/review. Photo courtesy of CMNW. Read More

Charming chamber opera

Cast and crew from Portland State’s School of Music & Theater gave the staged premiere of Meier and Lewis’ opera with style.

Originally Published in Oregon ArtsWatch December 2023

Portland State University students mix up fantasy and detective work. See Angela’s review. Photo by Chad Lanning. Read More