Weekend MusicWatch

Drawn from our April MusicWatch calendar, here are some of this weekend’s Oregon music highlights. If you attend any of these shows, why not let ArtsWatch readers know, in the comment field of the monthly calendar, how you liked them?

Eugene Vocal Arts
April 10
Beall Concert Hall, University of Oregon
The chamber vocal group drawn from Eugene Concert choir sings a diverse program of music from Korea, China, Russia, Moravia, Japan, and India.

Cascadia Composers
April 10
Temple Baptist Church, 1319 NE 7th Ave., Portland.
Read my Willamette Week preview of a striking, percussion-oriented concert featuring the music of Mark VigilArt ResnickLisa Ann MarshPaul SafarLiz Nedela, and other Oregon composers.

Oregon Guitar Quartet

April 10

Lincoln Recital Hall, Portland State University, 1620 SW Park Ave.

The world premiere of OGQ founder Bryan Johanson’s Republic of Jams highlights the quartet’s final concert of the year, which unfortunately conflicts with the one above that also features top Oregon composers. Violist Anna Schaum joins the guitarists for Antonio Vivaldi’s Viola Concerto in d minor, R.V. 454.

Satori Men’s Chorus
April 11
Satori Men’s Chorus
April 11
Central Lutheran Church, 1820 NE 21st Ave., Portland.
Read my Willamette Week preview of this inventive concert featuring music related to the War Between the States.

Satori Men's Chorus sang at Portland's Old Church

Satori Men’s Chorus performs in Portland.

Musica Maestrale
April 11
Polish Hall, 3832 N Interstate Ave. Portland.
The historically informed early music ensemble plays French chamber music from the era of Louis XIV on period instruments.

Salem Chamber Orchestra
April 11
Christo’s Pizzeria & April 12, Hudson Hall, Willamette University, Salem.
Saturday’s show features Portland cellist Ashia and her Bison Rouge ensemble playing her original Slavic-accented pop/folk music in a cabaret setting, while Sunday’s show adds the band and it’s music to the SCO, which also plays Alberto Ginastera’s beguiling Concertante Variations.

Con Grazia Wind Quintet
April 11
All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 4033 S.E. Woodstock Blvd., Portland.
This subset of the Oregon Chamber Players performs music by Debussy, Ibert, Pierne and other French composers, abetted by French Columbia Symphony bassist Marc Bescond.

April 12
Beall Concert Hall, University of Oregon.
One of America’s great vocal ensembles sings music by Holst, Janáček, Richard Rodgers, Robert De Cormier, and Northwest composer Stephen Hatfield, plus folk and traditional tunes from around the world and a world premiere.

The Ensemble
April 12
St. James Lutheran Church, 1315 SW Park Ave., Portland.
Mozart is most acclaimed for his operas and piano concertos, but he also composed some lovely music for voices and strings, and the choir will sing a quintet of them, including his Missa Brevis K. 275.

Oregon Symphony cellist Nancy Ives plays chamber music in Vancouver.

Oregon Symphony cellist Nancy Ives plays chamber music in Vancouver.

Nancy Ives and Cary Lewis, DTQ String Quartet

April 12, Kiggins Theatre, Vancouver, WA.

The program includes a pair of great Dvorak works — his cello sonata Silent Woods and his famous “American” quartet — and one of Brahms’s gorgeous cello sonatas.

Oregon Symphony
April 12–13
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland.
Renowned French pianist Jean-Philippe Collard joins the band for Bartok’s great final piano concerto, and the orchestra plays Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances and another valedictory work, Sibelius’s Tapiola.

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