Weekend MusicWatch

This weekend's Oregon music highlights range from improvisation to ecstasy.

Here’s a smattering of some of Oregon’s musical highlights this weekend. For more classical listings, consult All Classical Portland radio’s cultural events calendar. And please be sure to alert ArtsWatch readers to your own recommendations in the highlights section below.

Drama! Dance! Drums!
June 3
Lincoln Recital Hall, 1620 SW Park Ave, Portland.
Taiko drumming, Kabuki theater, dance, and more highlight the fourth annual Portland State multimedia production, in a play written by PSU students.

Eric Banks brings The Esoterics back to Portland Saturday.

Eric Banks brings The Esoterics back to Portland Saturday.

Improvisation Summit of Portland
June 4–6
Creative Music Guild, Disjecta, 8371 N Interstate Ave., Portland.
Read my Willamette Week preview of the annual convocation that brings together musicians, dancers, and visual artists from Portland and beyond in creative interactions. Check out the videos below of some of this year’s performers.

Secret Drum Band – B-Sides #3 from INTOTHEWOODS.TV on Vimeo.

GORDON ASHWORTH from Liebig12 on Vimeo.

“In a Time of Extinctions, a Call to Life”
June 5
Kathleen Dean Moore and Rachelle McCabe, Central Lutheran Church, 1820 NE 21st Ave., Portland.
While pianist McCabe plays Rachmaninoff’s “Variations on a Theme from Corelli,” the renowned Oregon philosopher/writer/nature advocate Moore interpolates her words about how humans can avoid extinction from our environmental destruction. Their recital benefits 350PDX, the local branch of a diverse national grassroots movement to address the challenge of climate change.

Malgorzata Kellis
June 5
Polish Hall, St. Stanislaus Parish, 3916 N. Interstate Ave., Portland.
Read my Willamette Week preview of the Polish soprano’s recital of Polish classical music.

EKSTASIA: Pursuing ecstasy and the search for the divine
June 6
The Esoterics and Skyros String Quartet, First Christian Church, 1314 SW Park Ave., Portland.
The superb Seattle choir adds strings in contemporary music by Aaron Jay Kernis, acclaimed British composer Tarik O’Regan, Charlie Leftridge and the group’s music director, Eric Banks.

Metropolitan Youth Symphony
June 6
Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, Portland.
The orchestra closes its 41st season with a major 20th century monument: Shostakovich’s Symphony #5, plus Brahms’s popular Hungarian Dances and Concerto Competition winner Renée Zhang soloing in Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto #2.

Gilbert & Sullivan's "Iolanthe" comes to Marylhurst University June 6-7.

Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Iolanthe” comes to Marylhurst University June 6-7.

June 6-7
St. Anne’s Chapel, Marylhurst University campus, 17600 Pacific Highway, Marylhurst.
Alistair Donkin, an award-winning British director of Gilbert & Sullivan productions and former member of G&S’s own D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, directs this Marylhurst University production of one of the team’s finest satirical operettas.

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