Several of Oregon’s symphony orchestras open their seasons this weekend, two of them featuring operatic music, and there’s more from Greece, Tuva, Brazil and beyond to greet autumn’s arrival. If you have more music recommendations for ArtsWatch readers, please note them in the comments section below.
Hult Center for the Performing Arts, Eugene.
The orchestra opens Danail Rachev’s final season as music director with Brahms’s fourth symphony, Schumann’s cello concerto (starring the cool Seattle cellist Joshua Roman, who does much hipper things there), and Webern’s Passacaglia.
Similar Fashion, Mike Gamble and Bonepocket
Turn Turn Turn, 8 NE Killingsworth, Portland.
Logan Hone’s LA-based sax-viola-guitar-drum ensemble draws on jazz, contemporary classical music and rock, which isn’t too far from Portland guitarist-composer Gamble’s influences.
Liima, Blue Cranes
Doug Fir Lounge, Portland.
The Danish/Finnish improvisatory band includes members of avant-garde rockers Efterklang plus percussion, while Blue Cranes cooks up jazz that’s always worth hearing.
Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra
September 23, First United Methodist Church, 1838 SW Jefferson, Portland; September 25, Mt. Hood Community College Theater, NE 29th and Kane Street, Gresham.
Star Wars, Harry Potter, Schindler’s List, and on and on. The orchestra plays movie music by world’s leading film composer, John Williams.
Huun Huur Tu
Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St. Portland.
The amazing Tuvan throat singers add electronica and other Western music to their traditional influences.
September 24 & 25
Newport Performing Arts Center.
The orchestra plays an unusual program of mostly rarely heard yet attractive mid-20th century music by Stravinsky (his first little small orchestra suite), longtime Oregon coast resident Ernest Bloch (Suite Modale for flute and strings), American composer Gunther Schuller’s Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee, plus a Mozart overture and a Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody.
Portland Chamber Orchestra
September 24, Nordia House, 8800 SW Oleson Rd., Portland, and September 25, Agnes Flanagan Chapel, Lewis & Clark College, Portland.
Read my Willamette Week preview of one of the most intriguing orchestral concerts of the season, featuring Grigory Frid’s “monodrama” The Diary of Anne Frank and an early Shostakovich gem.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland.
“You can open any door in my castle,” the mysterious middle aged prince told his new young bride, “except that one.” Read the rest of my Willamette Week preview of the orchestra’s performance of another operatic drama, Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Ghost, a new piece commissioned from 27-year-old composer Chris Rogerson, and more.
Beaverton Symphony Orchestra
Village Baptist Church, 330 SW Murray Blvd, Beaverton.
This free multicultural concert celebrates contributions of refugees and immigrants with performance of Japanese koto music by Oregon Koto-Kai, Iraqi music by composer-singer-guitarist Ronny Hermiz, and Latin American music by Grupo Condor, plus Western classical music from the BSO strings.
Oregon Bach Collegium
United Lutheran Church, 22nd and Washington Streets, Eugene.
The historically informed early music group features rarely heard early 17th century German music for voices, organ and Baroque trombones.
Márcia Guimarães and Julia Brown
First United Methodist Church, 1376 Olive, Eugene.
The respected veteran Sao Paolo-based lyric soprano joins the veteran Rio de Janeiro-born Eugene pianist in a free afternoon concert of Brazilian art songs.