Here are some of All Classical Portland’s top picks for arts events this Spring. Enjoy! Events are listed in chronological order.
Young Artists Debut!, Metro Arts Inc.Hear eight breathtaking young classical musicians showcase their talents alongside members of Oregon Symphony and Oregon Ballet Theatre orchestras. These extraordinary instrumentalists and vocalists distinguished themselves through a series of rigorous auditions for the chance to appear at this unique annual concert.
Dreamers’ Circus, Friends of Chamber MusicAn endlessly innovative approach, coupled with outstanding musicianship, has brought Dreamers’ Circus to the forefront of the Nordic folk and world music scene. Frequent collaborators with the Danish String Quartet and the Copenhagen Philharmonic, Dreamersʼ Circus is comprised of Nikolaj Busk on piano and accordion, Ale Carr on Nordic cittern, and Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen on violin.
Verselandia!, Literary ArtsThis city-wide event features students from Parkrose, Roosevelt, Metropolitan Learning Center, Benson, Lincoln, Gresham, Franklin, Madison, Wilson, Jefferson, Grant, and Cleveland high schools competing for poetic glory. Verselandia! is the Grand Slam for the winners from individual school slams hosted by public high school library media specialists. Students will perform original work in front of a panel of judges and a live audience.
White Light: The Music of Arvo Part, Oregon Repertory SingersA full program of music by Arvo Pärt. The 82-year-old Estonian-born composer is known for using simple musical triads that recall the sound of bells; Pärt calls this style “tintinnabuli,” Latin for “bells.” He spoke these words about his music: “I could compare my music to white light, which contains all colors. Only a prism can divide the colors and make them appear. This prism could be the spirit of the listener.”
The Revolutionists, Artists Repertory TheatreWho runs the world? GIRLS! In 1793, during France’s Reign of Terror — a playwright, an assassin, a former queen, and a Caribbean spy walk into a room and attempt to save the soul of France while avoiding the edge of the guillotine’s blade. In a blisteringly funny portrayal, The Revolutionists depicts four badass women who fight for the equality of all women and for the love of their country.
PETER/WENDY, Bag&BaggageThis tale digs deep into the darker side of Neverland, breaking the story down into its most essential and imaginative parts, and creating a much more adult exploration of the psychology and meaning underlying one of the most famous “children’s” stories ever told. This show is decidedly not for children, but instead is a uniquely Bag&Baggage exploration of one of the great classics of Western literature.
Masterworks Old and New, Choral Arts EnsembleChoral Arts Ensemble of Portland closes their 50th anniversary season with full orchestra accompaniment and an homage to great chorus and orchestra works, past and present, including Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna, Haydn’s Te Deum, Handel’s Coronation Anthem, The King Shall Rejoice, and selections from Bach’s Mass in B Minor and Mozart’s Requiem.
Young Artists Concert, Beaverton Symphony OrchestraThe Young Artist Concerto Competition winners appear on stage with the BSO like a breath of fresh air, full of promise like spring itself. The BSO is proud to sponsor this annual performance showcase and scholarship opportunity for the best young musicians in Washington County. The winners will perform as soloists with the orchestra.
Mozart's Clarinet, Delgani String QuartetInternationally acclaimed clarinetist Wonkak Kim joins Delgani for quintets by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. Opening the program is Samuel Barber’s quartet, which includes his timeless Adagio.
America’s Florence, Metropolitan Youth SymphonyMYS illuminates the diversity of our nation’s rich cultural tapestry with "America’s Florence." Named for the pioneering African-American composer Florence Price, this concert features what is believed to be the West Coast Premiere of her Symphony No. 1 in E minor. Also on the program is a performance by the MYS Concerto Competition winner, and a World Premiere by MYS violinist and composer, Katie Palka. Part of "The Authentic Voice” series, a partnership between MYS and Fear No Music, and developed through the Fear No Music’s Young Composers Project, Palka’s Letter to Florence Price honors this incredible female pioneer while lending a modern voice to the continuing musical story of our nation.
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