Weekend MusicWatch: Resurrected!

Sacred and secular sounds greet Oregon's spring.

Jamuna Chiarini’s weekend dance preview prompted the ArtsWatch music department to retaliate with this temporary revival of our Weekend MusicWatch — mostly to remind readers that we’re now posting previews monthly, and updating them occasionally, so you should be sure to consult those monthly posts to help plan your weekend musical excursions. We’ve added several events to this weekend’s previews (which are copied here from the  March monthly preview) since we published March’s overview, and we’ll have April’s edition next week. Be sure to let your fellow readers know in comments if we’ve left off anything especially enticing!

Cantores in Ecclesia performs Sunday.

Cantores in Ecclesia performs Sunday at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Portland.

Punch Brothers and Gabriel Kahane
March 27
Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave., Portland.
Read my Willamette Week preview of mandolin master Chris Thile’s band and Kahane’s opening set.

Portland Baroque Orchestra
March 27–28
First Baptist Church, SW Taylor at 12th Ave., Portland.
Read my Willamette Week preview of this concert featuring music inspired by Venice by Handel, Campra, Marcello and more — including selections from Stravinsky’s neb-baroque Pulcinella ballet.

The Kora Band
March 28
Secret Society, 116 NE Russell St., Portland.
Read my Willamette Week preview of erstwhile Portland pianist/composer Andrew Oliver‘s band’s CD release show, featuring the 21-string West African harp. Listen to a sample here.

Flour, Salt and Moonbeams
March 27, 28
Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N. Alberta St., Portland.
Vagabond Opera founder/singer/accordionist Eric Stern concocted his new opera , like some of his band’s music, from a potpourri of early 20th century opera and other classical styles, Django/Stephane era hot club jazz, and Eastern European folk music, with emphasis on the jazz. The preview I saw last fall involved a foul-mouthed waitress, a thug, a cook, and a penny-pinching restaurant manager, plus physical theater comedy. It’s also the premiere of Stern’s welcome new opera company, Hungry Opera Machine, devoted to fostering new, low-budget, locally produced operas.


Newport Symphony Orchestra

March 28-29

Newport Performing Arts Center, 777 W. Olive Street, Newport.

Pianist Alexander Tutunov joins the band for that most famous Romantic piano concertos, Rachmaninoff’s second, and the orchestra stays in a Russian mood with Shostakovich’s Symphony no. 6.


Musica Maestrale

March 28
First Christian Church, 1314 Park Ave., Portland.
MM lutenist Hideki Yamaya joins a trio of Seattle early music specialists in chamber music from 17th- and 18th-century England by Orlando Gibbons, Tobias Hume, Nicola Matteis, and Francesco Geminiani.

Northwest Piano Trio
March 28
Lincoln Hall, Portland State University.
Read my ArtsWatch preview.

Oregon Bach Collegium
March 29
Church of the Resurrection, 3925 Hilyard, Eugene.
In conjunction with the Christian Holy Week, singers Heather Holmquest and Jan Nelson, accompanied by historically informed, period instrument performers Margret Gries on harpsichord and Ann Shaffer on viola da gamba perform settings of two of the most famous Christian texts: Stabat Mater (about the grieving Mary, mother of Jesus) with music by 17th-century composer Giovanni Felice Sances, and the Lamentations of Jeremiah (about the destruction of Jerusalem), with music by the great French Baroque composer François Couperin.

Cantores in Ecclesia
March 29
St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, 1112 SE 41st Ave., Portland.
The superb large choir celebrates the Christian holy week with music by a wide range of composers, from the Renaissance (Allegri and Victoria) to Romantic (Bruckner) to 20th century (Poulenc) and more.

Bravo! Vancouver Chorale, Washington Chamber Orchestra
March 29
Crossroads Community Church, 7708 NE 78th Street, Vancouver, WA
Some top Portland singers — baritone Douglas Webster, tenor Scot Crandal, alto Valery Saul and soprano Jocelyn Claire Thomas — join a large orchestra and chorus for Felix Mendelssohn’s 1846 sacred oratorio, Elijah.

Trinity Choir & Portland Baroque Orchestra
March 29-30
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral , 147 NW 19th Ave., Portland.
Two justly renowned Portland institutions join forces for one of the greatest works in all music, J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion.

Katrina Galka
March 31
Whitsell Auditorium, Portland Art Museum
The Portland Opera Resident Artist’s debut recital program, accompanied by pianist Nicholas Fox and flutist Georgeanne Ries, includes music by Handel, Strauss, Massenet, Faure, Delibes and Debussy.

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