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Portland Opera's Manager of Education and Outreach, Alexis Hamilton, delivers a spellbinding presentation on Rossini's opera "La Cenerentola" (Cinderella). She is joined by Portland Opera's new rehearsal pianist, Joel Ayau, and additionally the singing talents of mezzo-soprano Kate Farrar, tenor Alasdair Kent and baritone Ryan Thorn.

Description of the opera from the Portland Opera website,

"A storybook tale that is sure to charm audience members who are young, and young at heart, this new production of Rossini’s classic opera will glitter as brightly as Cinderella’s royal ball gown."

Recorded Live at Central Library: July 8, 2018.

Direct download: Opera-Preview-Cinderella-7-8-2018.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:46pm PST

Portland opera previews their production of Charles Gounod's opera "Faust" with the sets designed by John Frame. This 50-minute program is hosted by Chorus Master & Assistant Conductor Nicholas Fox with musical highlights by singers Thomas Cilluffo, Kate Farrar and Shi Li.

Description the opera from the Portland Opera website,

"Lyricism and legend converge in Gounod’s unforgettable masterpiece. When the devil appears and offers Faust a second chance at youth in exchange for his soul, he makes the pact, and then uses his newfound powers to seduce the youthful and innocent Marguerite—with tragic consequences."

Recorded Live at Central Library: June 3, 2018


Direct download: Opera-Preview-Faust-6-3-2018.mp3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:52am PST

Join us for a special preview of Portland Opera’s upcoming production of Verdi’s Rigoletto. This 50-minute program is hosted by Chorus Master & Assistant Conductor Nicholas Fox with musical highlights performed by Thomas Cilluffo, Helen Huang, Shi Li and Kate Farrar.

Recorded Live at Central Library: April 29, 2018

For more information, visit Portland Opera.

Direct download: 20180429_Opera_Rigoletto.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:56am PST

Join us for a special preview of Portland Opera's upcoming production of Cosi Fan Tutte.

The preview is hosted by Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor Nicholas Fox with musical highlights performed by singers Antonia Tamer, Kate Farrar, Aaron Short and Ryan Thorn --in a total of seven arias from the opera.

For more information, visit Portland Opera.

Recorded Live at Central Library: July 9, 2017


Direct download: opera-preview-cosi-fan-tutte-20170709.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:35am PST

Speaker: Dr. Cohen Tal

A healthier brain leads to a happier person. We will discuss the latest research on supplements, food, and lifestyle to improve the function of your brain. After this lecture, you will know how to boost your memory, your ability to relax, to concentrate and to be happy.


Recorded Live at Central Library: September 7, 2016

Direct download: BoostYourBrainPowerNaturally_20160907.mp3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:31am PST

Speaker: Tsipora Dimant

Emotional intelligence (EQ) grows as we develop the ability and skills to recognize, understand and use emotions successfully when managing day-to-day interactions with others. Develop the four basic core competencies of Emotional Intelligence which are self-awareness, self-management, social-awareness, and relationship management. 

Cosponsored by Portland Community College, these free programs help you develop and increase your professional skills.


Recorded Live at Central Library: April 9, 2015

Direct download: Brownbag_BuildingEmotionalIntelligence_Dimont_20150409.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:31am PST

Join us for our 15th annual celebration of the work of Oregon's most famous and beloved poet, William Stafford. Born in 1914, Stafford was a celebrated poet, teacher, mentor, and champion of free speech and thought. He was a professor at Lewis and Clark College, received the National Book Award for Traveling Through the Dark in 1963, was poetry consultant to the Library of Congress (1970-71), and served as Oregon’s Poet Laureate in 1975.  A conscientious objector during World War II, Stafford died in 1993.


The program is hosted by Joseph A. Soldati, poet, long-time member of Friends of William Stafford and former chair of its board of trustees.  He is the author of four poetry books, including most recently the chapbook, On Account of Darkness.

Speakers:  Martha Gatchell, Paulann Petersen, Ingrid Wendt, Shelley Reece, Ralph Salisbury, Ann Staley, Patty Wixon, and Vince Wixon

Recorded Live at Central Library: January 25, 2015

Direct download: William_Stafford_Birthday_Celebration_20150125.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:11pm PST

Speaker: Tasha Harmon

Learn simple, effective ways to shift your approach from a dynamic of complaint to a dynamic of cooperation


Recorded live at Central Library: February 9, 2012

Category:general -- posted at: 1:55pm PST