This year’s March Music Moderne, the annual classical music extravaganza, is all about Claude Debussy. Portland composer, fest founder and impresario Bob Priest commemorates the centennial of this influential composer’s passing with a unique trio of concerts March 23-25 at the Community Music Center, 3350 SE Francis St. Concerts begin each night at 7:30 pm, are free for all ages and each night brings another treat.

Claude Achille Debussy in a 1909 portrait.

• Friday 23 March – Marzena The Free Marz String Trio: Music at the Speed of Sound II;

• Saturday 24 March – Heave-Ho Productions presents Music in the Time of Absinthe

• Sunday 25 March – Cascadia Composers: Tombeau de Claude Debussy à Travers la Mer.

Priest brings MMM to the airwaves for those of you at home or stranded in your cars or offices. Listen either Friday March 16 to Double Bummer on XRAY 91.1 FM at 11 pm or Monday March 19 to A Different Nature on KBOO 90.7 FM at 8 pm. Both shows are filled with live music, interviews, pre-recorded MMM samples, new commissioned works and surprises galore. “Turn on, Tune in, Listen Up”.

Sounding the Cinema: The Debussy Film by Ken Russell, screens Thursday March 22 at 7 pm, free at Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st Ave.

The program is at