Weekly MusicWatch: Music takes a holiday

Music from 17th century Europe, Central Asia and India takes center stage during a rare slow stretch of Oregon's music season

Memorial Day is more about reflecting on sacrifice (and of course an excuse for sales and shopping) than hearing live music, but Oregon stages still boast some attractive concerts

Cascadia Viols
May 27
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 147 NW 19th Ave. Portland
Read my Willamette Week preview of this concert of consort music by William Byrd. A workshop follows the next day for those with a history of viol-ence.

The Florestan Trio performs in Portland May 27.

The Florestan Trio performs in Portland May 27.

Florestan Trio and Friends
May 27
The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave. Portland
The esteemed threesome play Mendelssohn’s d minor piano trio, then call for reinforcements to perform Brahms’s big f minor piano quintet.

Tejendra Naryan Majumdar
May 27
The Music Room, 5395 SW Elm Ave, Beaverton
One of the leading sarod masters in Hindustani music is accompanied by Ravi Albright on tabla, then leads a workshop the next day.

“The Knight of the Rose (Der Rosenkavalier)”
May 27
Living Room Theaters, 341 SW 10th Ave. Portland
If you missed the Metropolitan Opera broadcast or PSU’s recent production of Richard Strauss operas, catch the film version of this new Salzburg Festival production of another of the composer’s classics, conducted by the Cleveland Orchestra’s Franz Welser-Most.

“Global Rhythms: Stand Against Violence”
May 28
Portland State Man Choir, Vox Femina and University Choir
Read my Willamette Week preview of the energetic singers’ season-ending concert, featuring a panoply of world musical styles.

PSU Chamber Choir, Man Choir and Vox Femina perform this weekend.

PSU Chamber Choir, Man Choir and Vox Femina perform this weekend.

University of Oregon Spring Concert
May 28
Silva Concert Hall, Hult Center for the Performing Arts, Eugene.
Read Gary Ferrington’s ArtsWatch preview of the premiere of a new Oregon composition at this annual showcase of UO musical munificence.

UO Wind Ensemble joins other University of Oregon performers in the big spring concert.

UO Wind Ensemble joins other University of Oregon performers in the big spring concert.

“San Giovanni Battista”
May 29
Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, 3925 Hilyard Street, Eugene
Renowned UO early music specialist Marc Vanscheeuwijck conducts soloists and a period-instrument orchestra in a reprise of last month’s performance of Alessandro Stradella’s early Baroque oratorio, which sets the story of Salome and John the Baptist that Richard Strauss (see above) famously later rendered as Salome.

Stradella's "St. John the Baptist" repeats in Eugene.

Stradella’s “St. John the Baptist” repeats in Eugene.

Drifting East
May 29
Corkscrew, 1665 SE Bybee Blvd. Portland
Violist Kim Mai Nguyen and cellist Avery Waite met at the Juilliard School and again in Kabul, and when they ended up in the San Francisco Bay area, decided to form an ensemble to perform an evocative original fusion of Indo-Afghan, Western classical, and Central Asian folk music.

Guy & Nadina
May 29
First United Methodist Church, 1376 Olive Street, Eugene
Read my Eugene Weekly preview of the Canadian classical duo, featuring familiar and fabulous Oregon Bach Festival trumpeter Guy Few.

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