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Lisa Lipton: New Executive Director of 45th Parallel Universe / Coffeeshop Conversations @ Artichoke Music #411

By TOM D'ANTONI // Lisa Lipton has added another Executive Director title to her vast list of accomplishments, this time with 45th Parallel Universe. She visited the Artichoke Cafe on her first day on the job. Yes, she was psyched. 

The last time Lisa Lipton sat here in the Artichoke Music Cafe was in August of 2020. I noted at the time what a busy person she was with multiple artistic and executive directorships, plus teaching and a full schedule of her clarinet playing.

She still does all that but recently she was brought on as Executive Director of 45th Parallel Universe in addition to retaining the same position with Opera Theater Oregon, as well as Co-founder/Co-owner of Mendelssohn’s, Portland's first classical music-themed bar.

We recorded our conversation a few weeks ago on her first full day as the capo di tutti capi at 45th Parallel and to say she was psyched is putting it mildly.

They have a concert on Tuesday March 5, Pulse and Pillars: an Evening with Andy Akiho and Gemini Percussion. But now let’s hear what Lisa Lipton has to say about her big day.


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