Weekend MusicWatch: Calm Before the Swarm

OAW's weekly musical guide is a quick read this time — but brace yourself for next weekend.

While taking a break from your labors, consider relaxing at one of the relatively sparse set of musical performances available this weekend. And save some energy for next week, because music lovers are gonna need it to keep up with the swarm of recommended music events coming to Oregon stages then.

Cappella Romana  laments the fall of Constantinople Saturday at St. Mary's Cathedral.

Cappella Romana laments the fall of Constantinople Saturday at St. Mary’s Cathedral.

Oregon Symphony, Metropolitan Youth Symphony, Portland Youth Philharmonic, Portland Taiko, et al. Thursday, Waterfront Park, Portland. Read my Willamette Week preview of the restored annual free concert, paid for in part by Oregon taxpayers and heretofore featuring mostly music composed by dead Europeans instead of live Oregonians. Let’s hope that changes this time.

MusicRx Heals, Friday, Portland Art Museum. Piano!PushPlay! organizer Megan McGeorge, pianist and teacher Stephanie Cooke, and the Portland Art Museum team up for a donation-only outdoor concert to raise funds for the Children’s Cancer Association. A variety of performers including Cooke, McGeorge, jazz keyboard master Asher Fulero, and many more will play one of the P!PP! pianos for a good cause, and it starts early enough (6:30) to drop by and donate on your way to another event.

Cappella Romana, Saturday, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Portland. Read my Willamette Week preview of the Portland choir’s last performance before heading to the Netherlands to sing this mesmerizing music at the Utrecht Early Music Festival. I’ve twice covered the annual gathering of some of the world’s finest performers of music composed before the Classical era, and can attest that the festival should make an ideal showcase for Oregon’s own — and that they’ll add an important dimension.

Black Spirituals, Jessika Kenney, Mamiffer, Saturday, Disjecta, Portland. Seattle visitors perform (and sometimes improvise) electronic, percussive, and vocal music and soundscapes, augmented by video.

Mel Brown Septet, Joe Manis Trio, Tuesday, Jimmy Mak’s, Portland. Read my Willamette Week preview

As always, if you know of other events that should be listed, please let us know. And get ready for a busy, artsy September.

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