Northwest Horn Orchestra

Weekly MusicWatch: Space frogs, party operas, new music

It's time to celebrate in Oregon music this week

On stage this weekend around Oregon: pair of opera parties—one set at a masked ball, the other featuring music for wedding parties and drinking songs—joins new music by Oregon composers in no fewer than eight shows, a pair of top choral concerts, and a musical for horns about interplanetary frogs. Plus chamber music, orchestra music, Indian music, Japanese music and more.

Third Angle New Music
April 21-2
Studio 2@Zoomtopia, 810 SE Belmont, Portland
Multitalented Oregon Symphony bassoonist Evan Kuhlmann programmed, arranged and stars in a show featuring music by Pulitzer Prize winning American composers Steve Reich (his zingy Electric Counterpoint, composed for jazz guitar god Pat Metheny, here somehow transformed into a bassoon showcase) and David Lang (the wittily titled Press/Release, which refers not to media relations but to operating a keyed instrument), plus compositions by Frank Zappa and Kuhlmann himself.

Northwest Horn Orchestra
April 21
Alberta Rose Theater, 3000 NE Alberta, Portland
For their tenth anniversary party, a dozen and a half of the region’s top horn players play music by Bach, Barber, the Beach Boys, the Beatles, Debussy, and more — including the world’s first French horn musical, Marshification, about alien amphibian invaders. Does Trump know about this?

PICA brings Japanese sound artist Tetsuo Amide's latest creation.

PICA brings Japanese sound artist Tetsuo Umeda’s latest creation to Portland.

Tetsuya Umeda
April 22
Old Freeman Factory, 2638 NW Wilson St., Portland
Portland Institute of Contemporary Art brings the Osaka-based sound and installation artist to “create a sonic landscape from characteristics found above the ceiling or behind the wall, in lighting systems and structures, and construction of the building.”