Weekend MusicWatch

Welcome return appearances on Oregon stages this week

Some happy return engagements from visitors and home state stars highlight this week’s Oregon music: a reprise of Darrell Grant’s 21st century Oregon-inspired masterpiece, star pianist Andre Watts’s latest of many Oregon appearances, composer Christopher Corbell’s follow up project to his debut opera, the return of Seattle’s Northwest Boychoir after its successful first appearance in Portland last year, Chamber Music Northwest stalwart Ida Kavafian’s guest slot with the Columbia Symphony, and Portland native Becky Anderson’s visit to her old hometown after successes with major orchestras and study at major musical institutions.

Some of Portland's finest musicians performed Darrell Grant's 'The Territory' at First Unitarian Church.

Some of Portland’s finest musicians performed Darrell Grant’s ‘The Territory’ at Portland’s First Unitarian Church last year.

Darrell Grant & The Territory Ensemble
March 17
Jimmy Mak’s, Portland
Portland jazz pianist and composer Darrell Grant joins drummer Brian Blade, Steve Wilson, Joe Locke,  Hamilton Cheifetz, Clark Sommers, Marilyn Keller, Thomas Barber and Kirt Peterson in a reprise of his epic chamber jazz composition inspired by Oregon history. See my review of its most recent Portland performance in a CD release concert.

Eugene Symphony
March 17
Hult Center, Eugene
Read my Eugene Weekly preview of the orchestra’s performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, featuring celebrated soloist Andre Watts, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, with solo singer Alexandra Schoeny.

Cult of Orpheus
March 18
Abbie Weisenbloom Presents house concert, Portland
Composer/guitarist/vocalist Christopher Corbell, fresh off the success of his opera debut Viva’s Holiday, and cellist Zach Banks’s new duo explores the “intersection of indie band, chamber music, poetry, and singer-songwriter” music. This house concert also features chamber-folk songwriter/cellist Samantha Kushnick and friends.

Colleen Adent and Neil Patton
March 18
Glenwood Community Church, 12201 NE 72nd Ave. Vancouver, WA
In this free, family friendly performance, one of Portland’s more impressive pianists joins forces with award winning Eugene pianist/composer Patton in music by Debussy, Chopin, J.S. Bach, Mussorgsky, Gottschalk and Patton himself, plus improvisations.


Northwest Boychoir sings at Portland's Trinity Cathedral on March 18. Photo: Ben Van Houtem.

Northwest Boychoir sings at Portland’s Trinity Cathedral on March 18. Photo: Ben Van Houtem.

Northwest Boychoir
March 18
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Portland
The acclaimed Seattle chorus makes its second appearance in Portland  to sing Faure’s famous Requiem, Pergolesi’s great Stabat Mater and one of Handel’s Coronation Anthems.

Northwest Boychoir Choral Tradition 2016 from Northwest Boychoir & Vocalpoint! on Vimeo.

Duo Deloro
March 18, Marylhurst University’s St. Anne’s Chapel, 17600 Pacific Highway (Hwy. 43), Marylhurst, and March 20, St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, 36335 N Hwy 101, Nehalem
This Portland Classical Guitar recital features a pair of international award winning, Los Angeles-based guitarists: flamenco/classical guitarist and composer Adam del Monte (who’s performed at major venues around the world) and Slovenian-born guitarist/ composer Mak Grgic performing music by Ginastera, Guastavino, Granados, Albeniz, traditional Argentinian tangos, and original flamenco compositions by del Monte.

Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra
March 18, First United Methodist Church, 1838 SW Jefferson, Portland, and March 20, Mt Hood Community College Theater, Gresham
The popular and accomplished American composer Michael Daugherty’s three-movement violin concerto Fire and Blood portrays in music the factory blast furnaces, assembly lines, the colossal River Rouge car factory that inspired famous murals by Diego Rivera (as well as another recent contemporary classical work by composer Missy Mazzoli), along with musical references to the Mexican composer’s homeland and his wife, artist Frida Kahlo. Frequent Chamber Music Northwest violinist Ida Kavafian reprises her starring role in the Detroit Symphony’s 2003 world premiere. The orchestra also performs Prokofiev’s “Classical” symphony and Mozart’s Coronation Mass, with the church choir.

Oregon Symphony
March 18, Smith Auditorium, Willamette University, Salem, and March 19-20, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland
Guest cellist Christian Poltéra and estimable Portland violist (and OSO principal) Joël Belgique cross bows in Richard Strauss’s colorful symphonic poem Don Quixote, and the orchestra also plays Brahms’s Variations on a Theme by somebody other than Haydn, and a sneaky and superb symphony (#90) that’s definitely by Haydn.

“The Music of Arvo Pärt”
The Ensemble, March 19, Central Lutheran Church, 1857 Potter Street, Eugene, and March 20, Lincoln Recital Hall, 1620 SW Park Avenue, Portland
Read Justin Graff’s ArtsWatch preview of these recommended contemporary vocal and instrumental concerts.

Portland Gay Men’s Chorus 
March 19 and 20
Kaul Auditorium, Reed College, Portland
The big chorus continues its transformation of various pop forms (Motown, jazz, folk, show tunes) into choral music, this time featuring all-new blues compositions by Portland composer Dave Fleschner and performed along with his group Blues Cabaret.

Junior Symphony of Vancouver
March 20
Northside Baptist, 5201 NE Minnehaha Street, Vancouver, WA
Collin Heade leads the young players in music by Marcello, Liszt, Lehar and others.

Trio Tsuica
March 20
Mississippi Pizza Pub, 3552 N Mississippi Ave., Portland
The Portland band’s CD release concert includes music of Central and Eastern Europe performed on violin, cymbalom, accordion, and bass.

“The Magic of Opera”
March 20, Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main Street, Vancouver WA, and March 21, Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW Fifth Street, Beaverton
Portland Opera resident artists Katrina Galka, Felicia Moore, Abigail Dock, Aaron Short and Ryan Thorn, accompanied by Assistant Conductor and Chorusmaster Nicholas Fox, preview the company’s upcoming summer season with arias from Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and Rossini’s The Italian Girl in Algiers.

Rebecca Anderson and friends
March 22
In this benefit for Portland’s valuable BRAVO Youth Orchestras, the violinist, Portland native, Curtis Institute and Juilliard School grad, and current fellow at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music joins flutist Adam Eccleston and Bulgarian pianist Anna Petrova to perform music inspired by New York City and composed by Gershwin, Copland, Ravel, Philip Glass, Carter, and John Corigliano.

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