Weekend MusicWatch

Even Oregon’s hard working musicians are entitled to a bit of a break from their labors this weekend, but despite the short schedule, plenty of them will still be hard at work bringing some end of summer sounds to the state. Please let our readers know of more in the comments section below. And take it easy!

Oregon Symphony, Portland Taiko, Portland Youth Philharmonic, Metropolitan Youth Symphony etc.
September 3
Gov. Tom McCall Waterfront Park, 1020 SW Naito Parkway, Portland.
Read my Willamette Week preview of the annual kickoff to Portland’s classical music season.

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.

Cadence Festival of the Unknown
September 3
Classic Pianos, Powell and Milwaukie ave. Portland.
The new monthly First Thursday jazz showcase this time features some of Portland’s finest improvisers, including Andre St. James, Tim DuRoche, Gordon Lee, John Gross, Marie Black, Blue Cranes’ Reed Wallsmith, and others, playing in various combinations.

Alam Khan
September 4
The Movement Center, 1021 NE 33rd Avenue, Portland.
The son of one of Indian music’s most revered and recognized musicians, Ali Akbar Khan, plays classical ragas.

Bridgetown Sextet, the Midnight Serenaders
September 4
The Secret Society, 116 NE Russell St. Portland.
Read my Willamette Week preview of this hot vintage jazz show.

MarshAnne Chamber Players
September 7
Wildish Community Theater, 630 Main Street, Springfield.
This afternoon Labor Day concert marks the debut of a new chamber ensemble founded by Eugene Symphony concertmaster Searmi Park, and features music by Richard Strauss  and Beethoven — including the Septet that was one of his most popular works in his time.

Jamison Williams, Sabrina Siegel
September 8
The Projection Museum. 53 SE 80th Ave. Portland.
Improvising solo soprano saxophonist Williams musically deconstructs 75 years of Disney songbook classics (hey, even Miles covered “Someday My Prince Will Come”), while New York free improvising guitarist/singer/composer Siegel also performs.

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3 Responses.

  1. bob priest says:

    Re. your WW preview, yeah, is it really too much to ask that OSO commission a token 5′ overture or somethin’ by an Oregon composer for one of these outdoor, feel good flurries? I mean, WTF already?

  2. Mike Hsu says:

    Well put. There is certainly plenty of compositional talent in Oregon!

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