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James DePriest

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James DePreist was a mythic enough figure in Portland history to demand poetic descriptions, similes and metaphors, because simple, direct language seemed inadequate to the task of encompassing him. That in itself is strange, because as Olympian as he could be, practically Promethean at the podium conducting the Oregon Symphony, …

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The Usual Suspects – Maria Choban

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 PIANIST, PROVOCATEUR  “I resist and resent fetishing the past. I live in the here and now,” Maria Choban wrote last spring on her blog for her label Alista Records. It pretty much sums up the Portland pianist’s attitude toward the music she loves and champions. Choban recognizes the vitality in …

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The Usual Suspects – Greg Ewer

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VIOLINIST “I felt nostalgia for something I never had,” recalled 45th Parallel Artistic Director Greg Ewer about his youth. Raised in inner city Houston, Ewer felt his attraction to classical music never really aligned with those of his peers where basketball and fist fights ruled the schoolyard. It’s not that …

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The Usual Suspects – Chris Murray

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ACTOR A stripped down Hamlet on a tiny stage. A small-town high school dropout in Annie Baker’s The Aliens. A wise-cracking walk-on in a staged version of the trash movie hit, Weekend at Bernie’s in a Southeast Portland bar. A ranting mythological suitor at the bottom of a swimming pool …

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Let’s Get to Know: Adriana Baer

  Originally from the San Francisco Bay area where she grew up surrounded by a vibrant arts-and-culture scene, she takes her inspiration from visual art, modern and classical dance, literature, architecture, new media, and music. Profile Theatre directing credits include The Road to Mecca and My Children! My Africa! While …

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