Weekend MusicWatch July 22-24

Mezzo-soprano Sasha Cook. Credit: Nick Granito

With this summer’s fascinating Portland International Piano Festival ending last weekend, and Chamber Music Northwest wrapping  up this Sunday, Portland classical music fans face a period of recuperation from this month’s flurry of fine concerts and will just have to settle for the gorgeous weather that we’ve earned after this sodden spring and winter.

But first, tonight’s CMNW’s final Protege Club showcase (featuring extraordinary young performers) is sold out, and tomorrow night’s Chris Thile/Edgar Meyer show was canceled, which is why we didn’t taunt you by previewing them. That leaves a dwindling number of tickets for Sunday’s closing CMNW concert, a tribute to festival founder and violinist Sergiu Luca, that includes the Miro Quartet and several of the Proteges (including Yale University’s Wanmu Percussion Trio, who contributed to a riveting rendition of Bela Bartok’s landmark “Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion” Thursday night), plus festival stalwarts David Shifrin, Fred Sherry and so many others — and, happily, mezzo soprano Sasha Cooke, a first-season CMNW artist who gave a ravishing account of Johannes Brahms’s two songs for alto, viola and piano Thursday night.  I’ll have a lot more to say about the revitalized CMNW and PIPF, soon.

If you miss out on Sunday night’s CMNW concert, you can catch Classical Revolution PDX performing music by Philip Glass that evening at 6 pm at PDX Pop Now. Or head east to catch the Arnica Quartet at emeritus Oregon Repertory Singers artistic director Gil Seeley’s new Gorge Music Festival.

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