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Classical Uprising

Classical Uprising

Mixed Choral Chorus

Based in Portland, ME

We believe that classical music enriches lives, inspires souls, and strengthens communities. At the same time, we recognize that traditional concerts may have limited appeal to 21st-century audiences. For some, a traditional concert may feel like an ordeal: put life on hold (kids not welcome), sit quietly in a cathedral-like symphony hall (no chatting, refreshment, or dancing), and observe mysterious rules of etiquette (don't you dare clap between movements!).

Classical Uprising offers a bold rethinking of the classical music experience through immersive events, performances, and educational programs. Formed in 2020 as a merger between Oratorio Chorale and Portland Bach Experience, Classical Uprising is a 501(c)3 nonprofit committed to community development, creative expression, inclusivity, lifelong learning, and artistic excellence.

We chose the name "Classical Uprising" because we believe that classical music must rise up, challenge current norms, and re-envision where, how, and for whom we are making music. Now, with the fight against systemic racism at the forefront, classical music must fully embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our goal is a holistic approach to classical music that enlivens, strengthens, and connects communities. Join us!

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