Pianist Tom Grant has been a Portland jazz piano staple for decades, and CGOA is thrilled that he sat down to talk to us about his career and music making during the pandemic. Tom is appearing during our first-ever online auction, "The Show Must Go On," April 8-11. You can get a preview of our dozens of items up for bid at charityauction.bid/cgoa.
Music this month: Angel's Crossing by Tom Grant.
We're changing up the format, faithful listeners. Look for podcasts whenever we have a special guest or event coming up. This time, Mark sits down with Aaron Eckert, formerly of the CGOA Jazz Collective, now with the US Army Blues Jazz Band. Aaron is an amazing musician and his arrangement of "There is No Greater Love" will be performed by the Collective as part of CGOA's upcoming online auction April 8-11.
Cohosts Elaine and Michele catch us up on CGOA News, and Mark talks at length with long-time CGOA fan, supporter, sometime performer and donor Dr Tina Castanares, who has just commissioned a new choral and orchestra work based on Joy Harjo's poem, Remember.
We mix things up for December! Michele welcomes CGOA president elect Elaine Thompson as this month's co-host. Mark interviews some of the stars of the Stay-at-Home Holiday Musical Spectacular, now showing on YouTube (tickets at gorgeorchestra.org), including Larry Wyatt (from the Hapa Hillbillies), Loop Ninja Tony Smiley and singer Bre Gregg.
On this episode we welcome a singer/songwriter, a recording artist with 17 albums to her credit, a passionate activist and superstar in Korea!, Tish Hinojosa. Tish will be appearing soon with the Sinfonietta in a new virtual performance. Plus, all about CGOA's grants with Kathryn McElwee and bad music jokes.
Season Two kicks off with an interview with the legendary singer/songwriter Sam Baker, who has just collaborated with CGOA on a new virtual performance. Plus, Michele's vacation, Mark's suspiciously tall tale of bird rehab, and info about the CGOAcademy. With Mark Steighner and Michele Firsching. gorgeorchestra.org or join our Patreon at patreon.com/cgoa
Remember when you got your high school yearbook signed by all your friends? That's kind of what this episode is. Mark and Michele recap the season and lots of folks send audio and text messages. It's just like your yearbook, minus the boring parts and kids you didn't like.
It's our biggest episode of all time. Interviews with Gorge musical legend Alonzo Garbanzo (Dennis Castanares), Mamma Mia star and Open Mic Diva Lesley Saunders, plus current and upcoming CGOA Presidents Ed Price and Hugh Amick talk about post-pandemic plans for CGOA. Plus, ALL the songs on this episode are new and include Carried Away, How Does, Road Song, and The Plague Years, all with Lyrics by M. Steighner and Music by Dennis Castanares (and performed by Dennis), plus Self-Inflicted Wound and Around Again, with music and lyrics by M Steighner, performed by Michele Firsching. Check out Alonzo Garbanzo's 500+ videos on YouTube! Check out Lesley's All Love Open Mic on Facebook.
This month we have an extended round table interview with the cast of WEST SIDE STORY! Plus news, and Michele tries to explain just what a production coordinator does. Be sure to stick around for the ending, and the premiere of Michele's new dance floor hit.
Tickets and information at gorgeorchestra.org
Buckle up! February and March are jam-packed with performances you don't want to miss. This month we have the WORLD PREMIERE of a new radio dramedy about the composers Brahms and Bruckner (starring Tom Burns and Richard Withers), plus an interview with saxophone virtuoso Erik Steighner, who will be returning to the Gorge to play with the Sinfonietta on February 28/March 1. Plus West Side Story 10 Ten Trivia and a CONTEST. Comments? Write us at email@example.com
This month's episode is short and sweet as we prepare for a very busy February and March. Michele chats with choreographer and dance teacher Susan Sorensen about West Side Story and we have our first Top Ten list. Plus news, the contest, Chill Chamber Music and "Mark's Classroom." Send ideas for future episodes to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's our biggest show ever, including a very special interview with Sam Baker about his upcoming appearance with the Sinfonietta, plus we talk to Voci member and early music devotee Brian Litt about our newest ensemble, Canticum. We talk holiday music, and some new trends in symphony concert etiquette. Weigh in at email@example.com and you might win our limited edition CGOA t-shirt. Tickets and more at gorgeorchestra.org. Listen to Sam Baker with Terry Gross on NPR's Fresh Air here (https://www.npr.org/2014/05/06/310089151/sam-baker-finding-grace-in-the-wake-of-destruction)
This month, interviews with music educators and CGOA performers Corin Parker (director of the CGOA Youth Chorus) and Dan Kenealy (Hood River Valley HS). We learn why jazz rocks, what Clint Eastwood has to do with the podcast and there's A NEW NAME THAT TUNE CONTEST. Find out what's coming up at gorgeorchestra.org!
We've got a very full month of performances, including MURDER BALLAD opening October 3, a special celebration at the Hood River County History Museum on October 9, and the WORLD TOUR concerts with Sinfonietta. Special guests on this episode are Jim Garrett (Principal viola) and Erica Roulier, who has helped create our new exhibit at the museum. Oh, and a NEW CONTEST! Tickets and info at gorgeorchestra.org.
CGOA Stages presents MURDER BALLAD, a rock musical written in 2012 by Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash. It opens on October 3 at the River City Saloon. This special podcast episode includes an extended interview with the composer, and a roundtable discussion with the cast. Plus, clips of the songs! Tickets available at gorgeorchestra.org
Welcome! This month we focus on the Last Chance Dance (September 28) with an interview with Jazz Collective drummer Mike Grodner. Plus a little information about Stages' MURDER BALLAD and Emily Vawter talks about becoming a CGOA volunteer. Ticket and season info at gorgeorchestra.org