Weekly MusicWatch: Chamber crossovers and early music explorations

Some excellent chamber music, both classical and jazz style, highlight the week's Oregon sounds.

Orchestra musicians dabble in chamber music, a University of Oregon conference offers sounds and scholarship for early music fans, other concerts celebrate mid-20th century jazz and vocal stars. Check the All Classical Portland calendar for more classical events, and let ArtsWatch readers know about others in the comments section below.

Harlem Quartet
April 14
Alberta Rose Theatre, Portland
Read my Willamette Week preview of this highly recommended concert by the Sphinx Organization-spawned ensemble.


Eugene Symphony
April 14
Hult Center, Eugene
The orchestra’s all-Russian showcase features familiar classics — Glinka’s Ruslan and Ludmila overture, Borodin’s rollicking Polovtsian Dances, Tchaikovsky’s warhorse Violin Concerto (with soloist Adele Anthony) — and, on the 125 anniversary of his birth, Prokofiev’s not so often played third symphony, drawn from the music for his opera, The Fiery Angel.

Joy Spring
April 14
Alberta Abbey, Portland
Read my Willamette Week preview of this tribute to the great 1950s jazz trumpeter/composer Clifford Brown.

Musicking Conference on Early Music
April 14-17
University of Oregon, various venues
Read my Eugene Weekly preview of this multifarious event, including performances by Collegium Vocale Gent (singing Lassus’s Tears of St. Peter), Stradella’s John the Baptist, and much more.

“Do I Move You?”
April 14-16
The Shedd, Eugene
Singer Siri Vik pays heartfelt tribute to chanteuse Nina Simone, the subject of an already controversial upcoming biopic.

“The Overview Effect”
April 15-23
Portland Center Stage
Read my ArtsWatch preview of composer Tylor Neist’s music-infused theater project.

“Dvorak and the Boston Six”
April 15
The Old Church: 1422 SW 11th Avenue, Portland
String players from the Oregon Symphony, Mousai Remix, play American music by Antonin Dvorák, George Chadwick and Arthur Foote.

April 16
Keller Auditorium, Portland
The popular Croatian cello duo rock the classics (and vice versa) from AC/DC to Vivaldi.

Tribute to Billie Holiday
April 16
Alberta Rose Theatre, Portland
Another tribute to a famous 20th century diva features a slew of Portland singers including Carra Barratt, Emily Overstreet, Mia Nicholson, The Dolly Partners, Ezza Rose and more, in a benefit for Siren Nation.

April 16
Clinton Street Theater, Portland
This director’s cut of Milos Forman’s film of Peter Shaffer’s Mozartian not-entirely-historically accurate biopic benefits Opera Theater Oregon’s upcoming original web series of the composer’s Cosi Fan Tutte.

Sangeeta Bandopadhyay and Saraswathi Ranganathan
April 16
First Baptist Church, 909 SW 11th Avenue, Portland
Vocalist and veena virtuosa join forces with North and South Indian percussionists (on tabla and mridangam drums, respectively) in a Kalakendra concert featuring both great traditions of Indian classical music.

The Ensemble
April 16, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 426 E. 4th Plain Blvd. Vancouver WA and April 17, First Presbyterian Church, 1200 SW Alder Street, Portland.
Read my Willamette Week preview of the excellent Portland vocal consort’s intimate performance of J.S. Bach magnificent Mass in b minor.

Beaverton Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players
April 17
Village Baptist Church, 330 SW Murray Blvd, Beaverton
Small ensembles from the orchestra play music by Schubert, Popper, Saint-Saens, Mozart’s great g minor viola quartet, and the world premiere of BSO member Vitas Nagisetty’s 346.

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Chamber Series
April 17
Higgins Theatre, 1011 Main Street, Vancouver, WA.
Orchestra musicians play music by Mozart, Vivaldi, Bach, Brahms and more.

Chamber Music Amici
April 17-18
Wildish Theatre, Springfield
Read my Eugene Weekly preview of this collaboration between Eugene’s top chamber musicians (including present and former Eugene Symphony players) and exotic guest artists.

Oregon Bach Collegium
April 18
United Lutheran Church, 22nd and Washington, Eugene
A quartet of early music experts affektively explore emotional states through music by C.P.E. Bach and other composers.

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