Here are some of All Classical Portland’s top picks for arts events this fall. Enjoy!
Napoli, Oregon Ballet Theatre (October 6-13, Keller Auditorium)
Danish Choreographer August Bournonville’s Napoli is known for its vibrant depiction of Neapolitan street life. This iconic and beloved Danish ballet tells the story of Teresina, a simple Italian girl, who falls in love with Gennaro, a poor fisherman. Her mother, hoping for a wealthy suitor, is against the match. But the young couple cannot be kept apart, even when Teresina is lured away by sea nymphs to a beautiful underwater world ruled by an evil sea spirit. It is the couple’s true love for each other that breaks the spell and saves them. Powered by Bournonville’s signature mix of graceful and technically thrilling footwork, it’s easy to see why this uplifting and beautiful ballet has become a symbol of The Royal Danish Ballet. LEARN MORE.
Heaven and Earth: A Song of Creation, Capella Romana (October 13-14, Multiple Locations)
A musical meditation on Psalm 103 (“Bless the Lord, O my soul”), the Orthodox Vesperal Psalm, and a reflection on God’s glory revealed in creation. The program premieres a new setting of Psalm 103 by six Orthodox composers, including a double-choir motet by the late Richard Toensing, sung in English with the traditional Orthodox refrains. John Michael Boyer, composer and Cappella Romana associate music director, conducts. FREE pre-concert talk and discussion with John Michael Boyer (Cappella Romana) and Richard Barrett (Psalm 103 Project) 1 hour prior to each performance. LEARN MORE.
Vivaldi: The Red Priest, The Poet, Portland Baroque Orchestra (October 19-21, Multiple Locations)
We welcome you to our 35th-anniversary season with PBO’s star team of violinists and Czech soprano Hana Blažíková, praised by Opera News for her “clean lines, immaculate tuning, and attention to rhythmic detail.” Showcasing Vivaldi’s contribution to developing the violin as a solo instrument alongside his exploration of the human voice as an instrument, this program is a tribute to one of Monica Huggett’s mentors, Christopher Hogwood, a leading figure in early music revival who was known for his pioneering and carefully curated programs. LEARN MORE.
Hidden Voices, Resonance Ensemble (October 21, Bethel A.M.E. Church)
Community coming together to amplify the voices of composers of color writing music that speaks to experiences of racial inequality in the United States. Resonance will be joined by members of the NE • PDX Ensemble, a new collective of gospel and spiritual singers from the region, and by the BRAVO Youth Orchestra. Music will include the world premiere of a movement of bass-baritone and composer Damien Geter’s forthcoming Requiem, with texts by African-American men killed by police, and the West Coast premiere of Melissa Dunphy’s American Dreamers, with texts by five young Americans who came to the U.S. as undocumented children. LEARN MORE.
Tchaikovsky’s 4th Symphony, Oregon Symphony (October 27-29, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall)
A foreboding opening from the horns sets the stage for an epic journey through fate and destiny in Tchaikovsky’s powerful Fourth Symphony. Portland favorite Jeffrey Kahane performs a “hyper-active fantasy for piano and orchestra,” composed especially for him. LEARN MORE.
Play Like A Girl, Third Angle New Music (November 1-2, Studio 2 @ N.E.W.)
Virtuoso percussionist Luanne Warner Katz in a tour-de-force evening of thrilling music for percussion that proves a woman’s place is on the stage. Featuring works by Eve Beglarian and Steve Reich. LEARN MORE.
La Traviata, Portland Opera (November 2-10, Keller Auditorium)
A crown jewel of grand opera, La Traviata tells the story of the brilliant and beautiful Parisian courtesan Violetta Valéry as she falls deeply in love with Alfredo Germont. Haunted by her reputation and illness, Violetta navigates sexual politics and confronts societal expectations as she braves the most broken of hearts. Classic sets and costumes honor tradition on the grandest scale. Romanian soprano Aurelia Florian, whose performance of Violetta at the San Francisco Opera was called “incandescent” by the San Francisco Chronicle, makes her Portland Opera debut as our tour de force heroine. Tenor Jonathan Boyd returns to Portland Opera as Alfredo. LEARN MORE.
Autumn Music, 45th Parallel (November 9, Old Church Concert Hall)
Virtuosity is in the air with the debut of the Arcturus Quintet, featuring American masterworks for winds by Jennifer Higdon, Irving Fine, and Samuel Barber. LEARN MORE.
The American Scene, Portland Youth Philharmonic (November 10, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall)
Portland’s locally-grown orchestra since 1924 opens its landmark 95th season with distinguished composer William Grant Still’s The Far West from his much larger work The American Scene. Known as “the Dean of African-American composers,” Still’s suite captures themes that depict the age-old cultures and natural beauty of America’s West Coast. Still, who was of African-American, Spanish, Native American, Irish and Scots ancestry, envisioned a proudly multicultural America, as harmonious in race and ethnic relations as his music. The result was his American Scene: Five Suites for Young Americans (1957), beautifully illustrating his vision of a unified country for future generations of Americans. LEARN MORE.
Feminine Love, NW Art Song (November 27, Old Church Concert Hall)
New works exploring the inner lives of a woman through the different kinds of love she experienced over a lifetime – filial, romantic, erotic, maternal, and divine/transcendent. Featuring NWAS’s own Arwen Myers, Laura Thoreson, and Susan McDaniel and 45th Parallel violinists Greg Ewer & Adam Lamotte and cellist Nancy Ives. LEARN MORE.
Looking for even more events? Visit our award winning Cultural Events Calendar, for an extensive list of local arts offerings taking place across our region, from chamber music to circus arts!