MusicWatch Weekly: Musical Estivation 

Your compact guide to this week’s slim musical pickings 

It’s been a little quiet around here lately, with so few classical/jazz/world music concerts that we couldn’t muster enough words to fill a weekly preview last week, and not much more this week. Better to be outside anyway, and if you need noise, well, there’s always the presidential campaign to tune into. But fear not, the music scene begins to revive next week, and we’ll provide your guide. And as always, if you know of other musical events of interest to ArtsWatch readers, please add them to the comments section below. We now return to our regularly scheduled estivation.

Pink Martini's Thomas Lauderdale (l) joined Hunter Noack at the other piano in the landscape of Portland's Director Park.

Pink Martini’s Thomas Lauderdale (l) joined Hunter Noack at the other piano in the landscape of Portland’s Director Park.

“In a Landscape”
August 31, Stein-Boozier Barn at Memorial Park, Wilsonville, and September 1, Cathedral Park, Portland.
Read my ArtsWatch preview of the last two shows in Portland pianist Hunter Noack’s inventive outdoor series, the first featuring chamber music (Mendelssohn, Mozart, Schubert), the second sporting piano music by Ravel, Cage, Schumann, Liszt and poetry readings.

Waterfront Concert
September 1
Tom McCall Waterfront Park, 1020 Naito Pkwy. Portland.
Read my Willamette Week preview of the Oregon Symphony-sponsored annual kickoff to the classical music season, featuring many of the city’s choirs, orchestras and ensembles; click the link above for the full lineup. Running from 1230 pm till dark, it will be simulcast on All Classical Portland (KQAC 89.9 fm), although you won’t be able to see the fireworks that way….

Music and fireworks will light up Portland's Tom McCall Waterfront Park Thursday.

Music and fireworks will light up Portland’s Tom McCall Waterfront Park Thursday at the Oregon Symphony’s annual outdoor extravaganza.

Bobby McFerrin Get Well Concert & Community CircleSong 
September 1
Classic Pianos, 3003 SE Milwaukie Ave. Portland.
Read my Willamette Week preview of the audience-participation edition of the monthly Festival of the Unknown dedicated to the ailing singer and spearheaded by one of his proteges.

Farewell Bash
September 1 & 2
Vie de Boheme, 1530 SE 7th Avenue, Portland.
The southeast industrial district’s little wine bar that hosted so many classical, jazz and world music shows bids adieu, a victim of the city’s arts affordability crisis.

Lamiae Naki and Nat Hulskamp perform at Seffarine's concert.

Lamiae Naki and Nat Hulskamp perform at Seffarine’s concert.

Seffarine, with Randy Porter
September 2
Jimmy Mak’s, 221 NW 10th Ave. Portland.
Read my Willamette Week preview of the splendid Middle Eastern music duo’s collaboration with the eminent Portland jazz pianist and other fine musicians.

Faerieworlds
September 4-6
Horning’s Hideout, North Plains.
The annual gathering of tribes includes some fine folk-world music oriented musicians (Delhi2Dublin, cellist Adam Hurst, and more as part of a multi sensory experience in a sylvan setting.

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