As we approach the height of the fall music season, we have room to hit only the highlights of the music happening on Oregon stages this weekend. For plenty of other classical music shows, check the All Classical events calendar, and please let ArtsWatch readers know about other musical events worth hearing —and seeing — in the comments section below.
Golden Retriever Chamber Ensemble
The Old Church, 1422 S.W. 11th Ave. Portland.
The ever-inventive experimental music duo (synthesist Matt Carlson and bass clarinetist Jonathan Sielaff), augmented by a chamber ensemble of string quartet, wind quartet, piano, percussion, vibes, pipe organ, and synthesizer, perform a major new composition.
Red Chamber Ensemble
October 21, Evans Music Center, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, October 23, Beall Concert Hall, University of Oregon, Eugene.
Read my Willamette Week preview of the Chinese-Canadian new music quartet.
Turn Turn Turn, 8 NE Killingsworth, Portland.
Portland experimental music vets Sage Fisher (harp, vocals, electronics) and Mike Erwin (synthesizer, electronics) improvise chamber-drone music under vocal loops.
Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main Street, Vancouver, WA.
The accomplished Portland composer/pianist Beth Karp brings her spooky score for the famous silent film back from the tomb.
Liszt Birthday Celebration
Beall Concert Hall, University of Oregon, Eugene.
A half dozen graduate pianists from the studio of UO prof Alexandre Dossin team up to perform Liszt’s epic Transcendental Etudes.
Joey DeFrancesco Trio
Jimmy Mak’s, 221 NW 10th Ave. Portland.
One of jazz’s greatest organists brings his Hammond B3, Leslie cabinet and giant grooves back to Oregon.
October 23, Smith Auditorium, Willamette University, 270 Winter Street SE, Salem. October 24-26, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, Portland.
Read my Willamette Week preview of the orchestra’s performance with the great harpist Yolanda Kondonassis.
Masonic Cemetery, E. 26th and University ave., Eugene.
The early music vocal ensemble sings appropriately necromantic memorial music by Renaissance and Baroque composers Monteverdi, Tomas Luis de Victoria (movements from his great Requiem), William Byrd, Scarlatti, Josquin, Gesualdo and Gombert.
Disjecta, 8371 N Interstate Ave. Portland.
Part of the north Portland art center’s ambitious Book of Scores exhibition, LA artist Alison O’Daniel’s Skater’s Score is a large-scale sculptural floor installation inscribed by Zamboni (one of the rare examples of Zamboni art), read as a score (composed by Ben Kamen) for violin trio and simultaneously played like an instrument by skateboarders.
Lincoln Recital Hall, Portland State University.
The students play the Oregon premiere of Hrim, 2010 composition by Anna Thorvalsdottir, whose 2015 album made her the hottest Icelandic composer since Bjork, plus works by Mozart and Raff.
Lise de la Salle
Lincoln Hall, Portland State University.
In this Portland Piano International recital, the rising star plays a delicious program of Debussy, Ravel, Brahms and Beethoven on Saturday, followed by Bach (arranged by Busoni), Brahms and Schumann on Sunday.
Portland Symphonic Choir
Rose City Park United Methodist Church, Portland.
Read Bruce Browne’s ArtsWatch preview of the venerable choir’s 70th anniversary concerts and accompanying exhibition.
Eugene Vocal Arts, Eugene Concert Orchestra
Beall Concert Hall, University of Oregon, Eugene.
The vocal ensemble and its new accompanying orchestra perform Haydn’s too rarely heard choral orchestral masterpiece St. Cecilia Mass, named for the patron saint of music.
Portland Gay Men’s Chorus, Portland Boychoir
Kaul Auditorium, Reed College, Portland.
Mary McCarty leads the big chorus’s biennial classical concert, featuring music by Henry Purcell, Schubert, Verdi, Puccini, and more, including contemporary Oregon music by former PGMC director David York and choir member Amir Shirazi.
Portland Youth Philharmonic
Austin Auditorium, LaSells Stewart Center, Oregon State University, 875 SW 26th St, Corvallis.
The orchestra plays the excellent Bay Area composer Mason Bates’s electronica-enhanced “Warehouse Medicine” from his popular The B-Sides and Jean Sibelius’s Symphony No. 1.
Oregon Media Project
October 25, Benton Hall, Oregon State University, October 27, Beall Concert Hall, University of Oregon.
Read Gary Ferrington’s ArtsWatch preview of this multimedia show that pairs new Oregon music with Oregon history and images.
Bach Cantata Vespers
St. James Lutheran Church, 1315 SW Park Avenue, Portland.
The reliable series resumes with one of J.S. Bach’s most famous cantatas (no. 51), Exult in God in every land, with soprano Chrstine Welch Elder and Oregon Symphony trumpet titan Jeffrey Work snagging a solo. The church choir will also sing a Magnificat by Heinrich Schutz and Benjamin Britten’s Jubilate Deo.
“The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of Goddesses”
Keller Auditorium, Portland.
Read my Willamette Week preview and Maria Choban’s ArtsWatch feature about this concert involving a big orchestra, chorus, and images from the classic video game.