Weekend MusicWatch

Your guide to an overstuffed week for fans of Oregon music

This week just might boast the greatest number of attractive concerts in one stretch since we’ve been previewing them here on OAW, and this selection doesn’t even include them all. You can find other classical music shows at All Classical events calendar, and please let ArtsWatch readers know about other musical events worth hearing —and seeing — in the comments section below, if you can bear to add still more courses to the menu.

Anat Cohen Quartet
November 11
Jimmy Mak’s, 221 NW 10th, Portland.
The Israeli American clarinetist plays two sets of stylish jazz from her breezy new Brazilian influenced album Luminosa.

“La Serva Padrona”
November 11
Cascadia Concert Opera, Saint Helens Catholic Church, 1350 West 6th Ave. Junction City.
The mini traveling opera company presents a concert reading (in English) of music from Pegolesi’s opera.

Alexander Schwarzkopf
November 12
Portland Piano Company, 711 SW 14th Ave. Portland.
The Eugene pianist plays the Oregon premiere of Figures: 17 Choreographic Etudes for Piano (2006) by Falko Steinbach, which Schwarzkopf will release on record in January.

Schwarzkopf plays Steinbach Thursday.

Schwarzkopf plays Steinbach Thursday.

Eugene Symphony, University of Oregon Symphony
November 12
Silva Concert Hall, Eugene.
Read my Eugene Weekly preview of the orchestra’s American music extravaganza.

New West Guitar Group, Halie Loren
November 12
Jimmy Mak’s, 221 NW 10th, Portland.
The six string jazz trio, featuring a UO alumnus, joins forces with a rising Oregon jazz diva in music from its new album of pop covers, Send One Your Love.

Judy Dunaway
November 12
Performance Works NW, 4625 SE 67th Ave. Portland.
This is mostly a dance show featuring the redoubtable Linda Austin (with music by the intriguing Portland composer Seth Nehil) but the opening act features the musician who’s undoubtedly the world’s leading composer/improviser for amplified latex balloons, ranging from tenor to sub-bass range.

Oregon Symphony, Sara Evans
November 12
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, Portland.
Read Artslandia’s interview with OSO resident conductor Paul Ghun Kim previewing the orchestra’s first venture into country music.

National Choir Festival
November 12–14
Various venues, Portland.
Read Ethan Sperry’s ArtsWatch preview of the biggest choral event in Portland history.

Bonnie Miksch performed at last year's Crazy Jane concert and her music is also featured in this year's edition on Friday.

Bonnie Miksch performed at last year’s Crazy Jane concert and her music is also featured in this year’s edition on Friday.

“Crazy Jane Prevails”
November 13
Lincoln Recital Hall, Portland State University, 1620 SW Park Ave.
Read my Willamette Week preview of the annual Cascadia Composers showcase of new music by Portland’s most accomplished female composers.

Evan Marshall & Brian Oberlin
November 13
The Old Church, 1422 S.W. 11th Ave. Portland
The twin mandolin slingers play classical (Brahms, Rossini, Oberlin originals, Kreisler and more) and swing (Bob Wills and various originals).

“Mortal Sphere”
November 13, Beall Concert Hall, University of Oregon.
Read my Eugene Weekly preview of this mixed-media performance featuring UO profs Laura Decher Wayte, pianist Nathalie Fortin, and saxophonist Idit Shner. It’ll also be live streamed for the enjoyment of anyone who’s not at one of the zillion other shows that night.

Eugene visual artist Lillian Almeida's wire sculptures grace a concert at Beall Concert Hall Nov. 12.

Eugene visual artist Lillian Almeida’s wire sculptures grace a concert at Beall Concert Hall Nov. 13.

Edel Muñoz
November 13
Marylhurst University’s Wiegand Hall
In this Portland Classic Guitar recital, the award winning Cuban American guitarist plays music from Baroque to 20th century classics.

The Julians
November 13
Jade Lounge, 2342 SE Ankeny St, Portland.
The sassy female vocal ensemble brings its mix of modern classical and pop to an intimate venue.

Christopher Houlihan performs at Trinity Cathedral.

Christopher Houlihan performs at Trinity Cathedral.

Christopher Houlihan
November 13
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 147 NW 19th Ave. Portland.
The acclaimed organist plays music by by JS Bach, Saint-Saëns, Vierne and contemporary composer Henry Martin.

Third Angle New Music
November 13 & 14
Studio 2@Zoomtopia, 810 SE Belmont, Portland.
The ensemble’s annual mix of words and music this time involves two newly commissioned works — Portland composer Jay Derderian’s Frozen Smolder, with text by Sandra Stone, and LJ White’s Wilder Shores, with original poetry by Portlanders Matthew and Michael Dickman. The program also includes the late American composer Lee Hyla’s ferocious setting of Allen Ginsberg’s classic Howl.

Portland Youth Philharmonic
November 14
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, Portland.
The young players perform one of the hippest orchestral works of the 21st century, California composer and DJ Mason Bates’s techno-tinged Warehouse Medicine (from his The B-Sides) along with Prokofiev’s dazzling first piano concerto and Sibelius’s first symphony.

Brad Mehldau Trio
November 14
Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave. Portland.
One of jazz’s greatest pianists is also one of its primary proponents of reconnecting jazz to contemporary popular culture, in part through his use of current pop music as source material for dazzling, thoughtful improvisation. This tour arrives at the same time as a multi disk live retrospective.

Forbidden Music
November 14
45th Parallel, The Old Church,1422 SW 11th Ave. Portland.
Ace cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, erstwhile of Kronos Quartet, joins local classical players and the kemancheh (Persian spike fiddle) virtuoso Bobak Salehi (from Seffarine and Shabaka) and santoor player Hossein Salehi in this diverse program featuring the world premiere of Portland composer Kenji Bunch’s Hambone for solo cello; traditional Persian compositions and improvisations; the great California composer and world music pioneer Henry Cowell’s colorful Homage to Iran; a lively concertino by the under-heard early 20th century Czech composer Erwin Schulhoff (who died in a Nazi concentration camp); and more, including a 20th century classic, Shostakovich’s piercing second piano trio.

Darrell Grant and Hamilton Cheifetz performed in Grant's "The Territory." Photo: Jim Leisy.

Darrell Grant and Hamilton Cheifetz performed in the premiere of Grant’s “The Territory” at Chamber Music Northwest. Photo: Jim Leisy.

“The Territory”
November 14
Darrell Grant & Musicians, First Unitarian Church, 1211 SW Main St. Portland.
Read my Willamette Week preview of the great Portland pianist and prof’s 3:30 pm CD release concert featuring some of the most ambitious and quintessentially Oregon music created in this century.

The Portland Cello Project
November 14
Majestic Theatre, 115 Southwest 2nd St, Corvallis.
The flock of cellos descends upon the land of Beavers to play music ranging from hip hop to pop to classical.

Cappella Romana
November 14, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral,  147 NW 19th Ave., and Nov. 15, St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1739 NW Couch St. Portland.
A way station for Crusaders, a prize captured by Richard the Lionheart, a vassal of French, Italian and Ottoman rulers … the island of Cyprus has long occupied, often uneasily, a crossroads of East and West. The variety of occupiers that so roiled the island’s people also contributed to the richness of its musical influences over the last two millennia, including varying amounts of Latin, Turkish, Greek, Byzantine, Italian and other sounds. With help from Greek guest soloist Stelios Kontakiotis, Portland’s Cappella Romana vocal ensemble celebrates the release of its new CD of music from Cyprus by singing medieval Latin and Byzantine chants and polyphonic music from the island found in precious ancient manuscripts.

Vancouver Symphony
November 14 & 15
Skyview Concert Hall, 1300 NW 139th St. Vancouver, WA.
The orchestra plays that most moving of all symphonies, Beethoven’s mighty seventh, along with his Triple Concerto and Samuel Barber’s stirring second Essay for Orchestra.

Henry Kramer
November 14, Beall Concert Hall, Eugene and November 15, Freeman Motor Company, 7524 SW Macadam Avenue, Portland.
Read Gary Ferrington’s ArtsWatch preview of the rising star pianist’s recital featuring a new work by Oregon composer David Crumb.

Oregon Bach Collegium
November 15
United Lutheran Church, 22nd and Washington, Eugene.
The historically informed ensemble plays (on viola da gamba, violin and harpsichord authentic to the period) sonatas by J. S. and C. P. E. Bach.

“Blast Off!”
November 15
Oregon Symphony, Dance West, Pacific Youth Choir, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, Portland.
The orchestra’s first youth concert of the season breaks Earth orbit, courtesy of spacy composers like Gustav Holst and John Williams.

Chris Thile
November 16
Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, Portland.
The Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers songwriter and mandolinist — a recent immigrant to Portland — shows his classical side with a program featuring his arrangements for mandolin of J.S. Bach’s great sonatas and partitas for violin, along with some of Thile’s own compositions.

“Poof, Flies & Everything”
FearNoMusic, November 16 & 17
Artists Repertory Theatre Morrison Stage, 1515 SW Morrison St. Portland.
The veteran Portland new music ensemble offers semi-staged concert performances of three new chamber operas by two Portland composers, John Vergin and Theresa Koon, all with libretti by Portland playwright Sandra Stone, whose words also grace Third Angle’s program (see above). ART’s Allen Nause directs a cast that includes some of the city’s top singers, including Brian Tierney, Hannah Penn and Vergin himself.

Delgani String Quartet
November 17
United Lutheran Church, 22nd and Washington, Eugene.
Read Gary Ferrington’s preview of this concert that includes the world premiere of a new piece by Oregon composer Terry McQuilkin and quartets by Mendelssohn and Prokofiev.

Inevitably the plenitude of terrific shows will prevent some music fans from catching some important concerts, particularly those devoted to new Oregon music. Depending on how you look at it, that’s either a great problem to have and evidence of Oregon’s musical richness — or a darn shame. ArtsWatch is working on a way to prevent some of these conflicts and we hope to announce it by year’s end. Meanwhile, enjoy this landmark weekend in Oregon music!

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One Response.

  1. Event: Solos and Duos: New Music by University Composers
    Tuesday, November 17, 7:00pm
    Collier House 1170 East 13th, Eugene
    Admission: Free
    Reception to follow performance

    An evening program showcasing diverse solo and duo instrumental music by members of the Oregon Composers Forum:

    Madeline Cannon
    Michael Dekovich
    Pedram Diba
    Cara Haxo
    Emily Korzeniewski
    Carolyn Quick
    Martin Quiorga
    Justin Ralls
    Stephen Rawson

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