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March Music Moderne in the Press

March Music Moderne preview: celebrating Debussy

Priest deserves toutes nos félicitations for putting together such an amazingly diverse — and free — festival on a baguette budget. That range, richness and freshness are also a tribute to the vital Portland classical music scene and of course to Debussy himself.

—Brett Campbell, Oregon ArtsWatch (read the full article)

March Music Moderne Festival Pays Tribute to Claude Debussy

“MMM pays homage to a composer who managed to synesthetically expand our artistic vision,” said Priest, “as the 21st century more inclusively melds music, arts and cultures from around the world and within our very own Global Village PDX.”

—James Bash, The Oregonian/Oregon Live (read the full article)

All Classical Portland host will go off air with live studio show

For the past 17 years, listeners of All Classical Portland (KQAC-FM) have grown familiar with the melodious baritone of senior announcer Robert McBride…But McBride’s voice will soon no longer be wafting over the air, because he has decided to retire from radio.

—James Bash, The Oregonian/Oregon Live (read the full article)

12 Portland Classical Music Events to Keep Your Winter in Tune

Composer and impresario Bob Priest has refreshed the March Music Moderne festival with a unique trio of concerts dedicated to Claude Debussy on the 100th anniversary of his death. Free Marz String Trio and Cascadia Composers will be featured, as will local composers who have been inspired by Debussy. Each concert is free and will offer complimentary refreshments as the music fades away.

—James Bash, The Oregonian/Oregon Live (read the full article)

Hendrixology 101: A Profile of Bob Priest

For this article, we climb into the way-back machine and visit the University of Victoria ca. 1996.

This unorthodox approach to post-secondary education seems to work for the students. Many of them, including myself, have come out of Priest’s class with a feeling that they have gained a unique insight into the subject being taught. Continue reading

Live Music at Club Mod a Real Hit

Club Mod uncorked a special live show at the studios of All Classical Radio on Saturday evening (December 3) that was delightful, informative, and extremely well played. The show was part of the Messiaen Mélange Musique festival that celebrated music created by or connected with Olivier Messiaen….McBride mentioned that Club Mod was in its ninth year. So it was high time to present a live concert, and this one was exceptional.

—James Bash, Northwest Reverb (read the full article)

MusicWatch Weekly: It’s beginning to look a lot like…

Oregon ArtsWatchThe former March Music Moderne has moved, for the nonce, to December, to coincide with the Oregon Symphony’s performances of the biggest music of one of its patron saints: Olivier Messiaen’s massive Turangalila symphony.  The December 2 concert includes a song cycle setting the composer’s own surrealist poems and more, while December 4’s show features string trios by Messiaen, Debussy, Gorecki and other composers, including MMMpresario and Portland composer Bob Priest.

—Brett Campbell, Oregon ArtsWatch (read the full article)