Listings for December 23 – January 1, 2021

Concert Listings

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Willamette Valley Chamber Music Festival: Holiday Toast
Wednesday, December 23 @ 7:00PM PST
Virtual Concert. Ticket/registration required – $25.
http://www.wvchambermusic.org/

Our Holiday Toast is a joyous program of music designed to bring light into the darkness, featuring a diverse seasonal selection of familiar and lesser known gems spanning almost four centuries. 

We open the concert with Corelli’s Christmas Concerto, which includes one of the most gorgeous Pastorale movements, perfectly capturing the timely spirit of comfort and peace.

Kenji Bunch’s Three American Folk Hymns begins with a reflective, tranquil prologue that gradually segues into more boisterous explorations of traditional American folk traditions. The parts interweave beautifully and explore a wide variety of sound colors. The final tune says it all, “I come with Joy.”

Born in 1610 in Antwerp, Belgium, Leonora Duarte in Antwerp was part of a prominent Portuguese-Jewish family and the only known female composer of music for Viol Consort. Seven Sinfonia survive, of which we will perform the first two. These rich, mystical fantasies, originally written for five parts, invite you to pull up a comfortable chair by the fireplace to pause in repose for a few moments.

Written nearly 400 years later, Kevin Day’s Variation V will get your toes tapping and maybe even inspire you to take a quick spin around the room. This single movement string quartet is a quick romp full of bright dancing energy paired with a singing melody that passes around.

We conclude the program with a selection of Scandinavian folk melodies as arranged by the brilliant Danish String Quartet. If Variation V doesn’t get your toes tapping, these imaginative, colorful settings will for sure. These pieces convey the infectious, universal joy that music brings cultures all around the world.

We’ve had such a great time choosing music that captures some of what we love most about this time of year, from the natural need to turn inward for reflection and repose on these short days, as well as the need for celebration and warmth and hope. We hope you enjoy as much as we do, and that this music brings you comfort and light.

Purchase tickets at https://www.wvchambermusic.org/calendar


Metropolitan Youth Symphony Holiday Spectacular
Wednesday, December 23 @ 7:00PM PST
Virtual Concert. Free. Registration required. Donations accepted.
https://www.playmys.org

Metropolitan Youth Symphony (MYS) is excited to continue our partnership with the Oregon International Ballet Academy (OIBA) with our first-ever virtual Holiday Spectacular. The concert will premiere Wednesday December 23 at 7 pm on the MYS YouTube Channel, and will celebrate holiday music from around the world, including Carol of the Bells, a jazz rendition of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride, and more! The festive evening will culminate in a virtual holiday extravaganza featuring dances from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker,” performed by OIBA dancers with music by MYS musicians. 

Register for this concert here:

https://playmys.org/product/mys-holiday-spectacular-concert/


Saturday, December 26, 2020

Portland Youth Philharmonic:
59th annual Concert-at-Christmas
Saturday, December 26 @ 7:00PM PST
Virtual Concert. Pay-what-you-can. Registration required. Donations accepted.
https://portlandyouthphil.org/

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Looking for something inspiring for the whole family? Portland Youth Philharmonic, the nation’s first and oldest youth orchestra, invites you to their 59th annual Concert-at-Christmas! 

The virtual concert will feature performances by all of PYP’s ensembles. Highlights include Tchaikovsky’s Russian Dance from ‘The Nutcracker,’ BTS’s ‘Dynamite,’ John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s ‘All You Need is Love’ with alumnae Kate and Emma Davis as guest singers, and much more!

Register for free or “pay what you can” at www.portlandyouthphil.org/concerts.


Thursday, December 31, 2020

Trinity Music New Year’s Eve Concert
Thursday, December 31 @ 7:00PM PST
Live stream concert. Pay-what-you-can ticketed admission.
Proceeds benefit Trinity Hunger Ministries.
https://www.trinity-episcopal.org/

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Join us virtually as we bid farewell to 2020 with an all-star lineup of artists from across the region, including Trinity’s organists, Brent Follis Quartet featuring Mia Nicholson, mezzo-soprano Hannah Penn, Renegade Opera, and bagpiper Mark Mullaney! Help us ring in the new year in style!

Tickets: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=csdtc

Listings for December 18-25, 2020

Concert Listings

Friday, December 18, 2020

Pianist Stephen Lewis Plays the Christmas (Non)Classics
Friday, December 18 @ 5:00PM PST
Live stream concert. Ticketed event: $15 admission.

Stephen Lewis performs non-traditional Christmas music with many exciting, clangorous bell sounds by Chopin, Messiaen, Bartók and Beethoven.

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stephen-lewis-plays-the-christmas-nonclassics-tickets-130631429121


Fridays with 45th Parallel: Cellocracker!
Friday, December 18 @ 6:00PM PST
Virtual Concert. Free. Donations accepted.
https://www.45thparallelpdx.org/stars/fridays

On this week’s Fridays With 45th Parallel, we proudly present Cellocracker. Members of the Oregon Symphony cello section perform the suite from Tchaikovsky’s Christmas classic.

Patreon members get an exclusive post-concert Zoom reception with the performers. Click here for information.

PERFORMERS:

Seth Biagini, cello
Pansy Chang, cello
Trevor Fitzpatrick, cello
Antoinette Gan, cello
Kevin Kunkel, cello
Marilyn de Oliveira, cello

WORKS:

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (suite)

Watch this concert on Patreon, Facebook, or Youtube.

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Trinity Music – Christmas Concert Livestream
Saturday, December 19 @ 7PM PST
Livestream concert. Pay-what-you-can.
https://www.trinity-episcopal.org/

Join the Cathedral musicians as they perform a broad range of music, new and old, in celebration of the Nativity! A Bach cantata with members of Portland Baroque Orchestra will be framed by festive music by Isabella Leonarda, Chiara Margarita Cozzolani, Olivier Messiaen, Judith Wier, Stacy Gibbs, Dieterich Buxtehude, Cecilia MacDowell, and more!

Purchase pay-what-you-can tickets at: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=csdtc


In Mulieribus: Visions of Mystery
Saturday, December 19 @ 7:00PM PST
Free Virtual Concert – registration required. Donations accepted.
https://inmulieribus.org/

Photo credit: Miriphoto

We find ourselves in an environment of stress and change. Thankfully, In Mulieribus’ holiday concert is one tradition that continues. Join us for this healing contemplation and celebration of the season. Our program will feature some of your favorite music and ancient carols, presented with a new film by Ben DeMarco.

Register for this free event at https://inmulieribus.brownpapertickets.com/


Willamette Master Chorus:
Holiday Concert with the Trail Band Sextet

Saturday, December 19 @ 3:00PM PST (Premiere)
Free Virtual Concert.
https://www.willamettemasterchorus.org/index.php

A concert of Holiday music including new arrangements of carols that will feature the WMC with our guest performers separately and combined.

Guest choir: Judson Middle School, David Loney, Director
Guest artists: The Trail Band Sextet (a popular Oregon based group)

A concert of Holiday music including new arrangements of carols that will feature the WMC, Judson Middle School, and the Trail Band Sextet separately and combined.

Watch the concert here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqlq_keDqTqIasGvkISsOHw


Oregon Mozart Players: Noël
Saturday, December 19 @ 7:30PM PST
Virtual Concert. Admission: $5 and up.
http://oregonmozartplayers.org

“One of Mozart’s most famous and recognizable works gets the yuletide treatment as the center of an intermission-free program with repertoire featuring arrangements of carols for the Holiday season.”
— Kelly Kuo, Artistic Director & Conductor


Join OMP online for the premiere of this festive, holiday-themed virtual concert on Saturday, December 19 at 7:30pm PST. 

You can access this virtual concert with a Pay-What-You-Can donation (Suggested Donation $25; Minimum $5) online at oregonmozartplayers.org/noel. On-demand access is available for up to 30 days following the premiere.

PROGRAM

Gruber: Calm and Bright*
Corelli: Concerto Grosso in G Minor, Op. 6, No. 8 “Christmas Concerto”
Mozart: Serenade in G Major, K. 525 “Eine kleine Nachtmusik”
Schönberg: Weihnachtsmusik*
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Christmas Carols*
Pierpoint/Mozart: Mozart in the Jingle Bells* 
*OMP Premiere

Purchase tickets here: http://oregonmozartplayers.org/noel

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Portland Baroque Orchestra: Pocket Messiah
Sunday, December 20 @ 3:00PM PST
Free Virtual Concert – Donations accepted.
https://www.pbo.org

Portland Baroque Orchestra brings you their annual production of Handel’s Messiah in a handy pandemic-friendly, pocket-sized edition! Performing arias and highlights, Northwest-based soloists – soprano Arwen Myers, alto Hannah Penn, tenor Zach Finkelstein, and bass-baritone Daniel Mobbs – are joined by an organist and a string quartet in this holiday favorite. For more than 25 years PBO has presented Messiah annually and is proud to be able to continue the tradition in a way that puts the health and safety of our audiences, musicians, and staff first.

Watch this concert at https://pbo.org/concerts-events/pocket-messiah


Willamette Master Chorus:
Holiday Concert with the Trail Band Sextet

Saturday, December 20 @ 3:00PM PST (Premiere)
Free Virtual Concert.
https://www.willamettemasterchorus.org/index.php

A concert of Holiday music including new arrangements of carols that will feature the WMC with our guest performers separately and combined.

Guest choir: Judson Middle School, David Loney, Director
Guest artists: The Trail Band Sextet (a popular Oregon based group)

A concert of Holiday music including new arrangements of carols that will feature the WMC, Judson Middle School, and the Trail Band Sextet separately and combined.

Watch the concert here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqlq_keDqTqIasGvkISsOHw


Pacific Youth Choir: Candlelight Carols
Sunday, December 20 @ 5:00PM PST
Free Virtual Concert – Donations accepted.
https://www.pacificyouthchoir.org

In addition to fabulous performances of the past, you’ll have the honor of hearing and seeing 4 amazing PYC alumni! Isaac Chapelle: tenor, would have been at Peabody Conservatory right now. Since he is here, we asked him to come in and sing the stunningly beautiful Every Valley from Handel’s Messiah, James Walton: who graduated from PYC 3 years ago as a bass is now singing countertenor and has applications out to some of the finest music schools in the land. Ian Schipper: bass and recent graduate of St Olaf College sings an amazing Verdi aria. He’ll be pursuing a master of music  of vocal performance at UCLA. Cara Gabrielson: soprano now located in San Francisco went on last year to become a National Semi Finalist at the Metropolitan Opera. Last January Cara soloed on a wonderful Mozart aria with Amadeus Chamber Orchestra.

Watch this concert at:

https://www.pacificyouthchoir.org


Bach Cantata Choir: The Four Sundays of Advent: Favorite Selections from the Christmas Oratorio
Sunday, December 20 @ 2:00PM PST
Free Virtual Concert – Registration required – Donations accepted.
http://www.bachcantatachoir.org/

The Bach Cantata Choir soloists and orchestra, along with either recorded previous performances by the Bach Cantata Choir, and new virtual choir recordings, will present favorite selections from The Christmas Oratorio. Follow along with the score and sing along!

Register to view concert here: http://www.bachcantatachoir.org/advent-registration.html

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Metropolitan Youth Philharmonic Holiday Spectacular
Wednesday, December 23 @ 7:00PM PST
Free Virtual Concert – Registration required – Donations accepted.
https://www.playmys.org

Metropolitan Youth Symphony (MYS) is excited to continue our partnership with the Oregon International Ballet Academy (OIBA) with our first-ever virtual Holiday Spectacular. The concert will premiere Wednesday December 23 at 7 pm on the MYS YouTube Channel, and will celebrate holiday music from around the world, including Carol of the Bells, a jazz rendition of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride, and more! The festive evening will culminate in a virtual holiday extravaganza featuring dances from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker,” performed by OIBA dancers with music by MYS musicians. 

Free registration and donation link: https://playmys.org/product/mys-holiday-spectacular-concert/

Listings for December 11-18, 2020

Concert Listings

Friday, December 11, 2020

Fridays with 45th Parallel:
A Cool Yule with Members of the Oregon Symphony Brass

Friday, December 11 @ 6:00PM PST
Free virtual concert, donations accepted.
https://www.45thParallePDX.org

Members of the Oregon Symphony Brass perform holiday classics for brass quintet. Patreon members get access to a post-concert Zoom reception.

Watch: Patreon | Facebook | YouTube


Saturday, December 12, 2020

Christmas with Cappella Romana
Saturday, December 12 @ 7:30PM PST
Free virtual concert, donations accepted.
https://www.cappellaromana.org

The evening will include selections from our Christmas recordings including When Augustus Reigned, Sun of Justice and carols from Richard Toensing’s Kontakion on the Nativity & Orthodox Christmas Carols.You’ll also see interviews with a number of your favorite Cappella Romana singers.

Watch: Facebook | YouTube


Snowed In! With the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus
Saturday, December 12 @ 8:00PM PST
Free virtual concert, registration required, donations accepted.
https://www.pdxgmc.org/

The Portland Gay Men’s Chorus is proud to present Snowed In!, a special musical broadcast. Snowed In! imagines what would happen if Portland were blanketed in eight feet of snow!
Snowed In! will feature a wide array of songs performed by socially-distant chorus members. Appearances by PGMC’s a cappella group – Cascade – and our contemporary dance ensemble – Locomotions – will also be a highlight of the evening. In addition, PGMC welcomes guest artist Jimmie Herrod, a recently featured soloist with the Oregon Symphony and guest vocalist with Portland’s own Pink Martini. The event will conclude with PGMC’s annual holiday tradition of a group sing-along.
Tickets are free, however PGMC is asking you to “pay what you can” to help continue the support of our musical mission during this trying time. Opportunities for donations will also be available throughout the broadcast.

Register at https://live.pdxgmc.org/


Amazonita with A Far Cry
Saturday, December 12 @ 5:00PM PST
Virtual concert, ticketed event: starting at $8 for 24 hour pass.
https://afarcry.org/

“Amazonita” is musically grounded in the cultural traditions of Peru, Colombia, and Brazil – countries that touch the Amazon River and surround the Amazon rainforest. Struck by these natural wonders, the program revels in the awe and beauty of the Earth and ancestral societies, and contemplates how modernity interacts with them. In Milagros (Miracles), Gabriela Lena Frank imagines a visit to her mother’s native Peru and the “little miracles” she encounters along the way, from artifacts of long-gone indigenous civilizations, to the breathtaking vision of Lake Titicaca. Composed and recorded in 1972, Jacqueline Nova’s Creation of the Earth modifies recordings of creation chants of the U’wa peoples of Northeastern Colombia. The soundworld is both beautiful and terrifying, graphically depicting the ways technology and modernity can impact language, traditions, and human culture. Inspired by Bach and Villa-Lobos, Brazilian guitarist Paulinho Nogueira’s painfully lyrical Bachianinhas Nos. 1 and 2 follow in response. Brazilian-American composer Clarice Assad’s energetic Obrigado loosely follows the arc of a traditional Umbanda religious ceremony drawing on Afro-Brazilian Umbanda religious chants and dancesand ending with a “powerful message of gratitude for the gift of life.”

Tickets: https://afarcry.secure.force.com/ticket/#/instances/a0F3b00001573fIEAQ


Sunday, December 13, 2020

Snowed In! With the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus
Sunday, December 13 @ 3:00PM PST
Free virtual concert, registration required, donations accepted.
https://www.pdxgmc.org/

The Portland Gay Men’s Chorus is proud to present Snowed In!, a special musical broadcast. Snowed In! imagines what would happen if Portland were blanketed in eight feet of snow!
Snowed In! will feature a wide array of songs performed by socially-distant chorus members. Appearances by PGMC’s a cappella group – Cascade – and our contemporary dance ensemble – Locomotions – will also be a highlight of the evening. In addition, PGMC welcomes guest artist Jimmie Herrod, a recently featured soloist with the Oregon Symphony and guest vocalist with Portland’s own Pink Martini. The event will conclude with PGMC’s annual holiday tradition of a group sing-along.
Tickets are free, however PGMC is asking you to “pay what you can” to help continue the support of our musical mission during this trying time. Opportunities for donations will also be available throughout the broadcast.

Register at https://live.pdxgmc.org/


Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Open Space: A Far Cry with Violinist Zenas Hsu
Wednesday, December 16 @ 4:00PM PST
Live stream concert. Ticketed event: $12 admission.
https://afarcry.org/

A Far Cry violinist Zenas Hsu will perform an odyssey of some of his favorite pieces. These will include Shih-Hui Chen’s take on folklore and legends from the aboriginal Ami tribe in Taiwan, Steve Mackey’s musical language in recreating texture and light in different rooms of a house, Jessie Montgomery’s rhapsodic and touching homage to J.S. Bach, one of Fritz Kreisler’s ‘fictional’ compositions ‘by’ Pugnani (with a guest appearance by his wife, violinist Janny Joo), and an iconic and fantastical sonata by Grazyna Bacewicz.

Tickets: https://open-space-music.com/collections/events-1/products/open-space-a-far-cry-december


Amadeus Chamber Orchestra:
Hump Day House Concert
Wednesday, December 16 @ 7:00PM PST
Free live stream concert. Donations accepted.
https://www.amadeuspdx.org/

Violinist Greg Ewer plays Bach’s brilliant Partita in B minor.

Watch: YouTube


Thursday, December 17, 2020

Open Space: A Far Cry with Violinist Zenas Hsu
Thursday, December 17 @ 4:00PM PST
Live stream concert. Ticketed event: $12 admission.
https://afarcry.org/

A Far Cry violinist Zenas Hsu will perform an odyssey of some of his favorite pieces. These will include Shih-Hui Chen’s take on folklore and legends from the aboriginal Ami tribe in Taiwan, Steve Mackey’s musical language in recreating texture and light in different rooms of a house, Jessie Montgomery’s rhapsodic and touching homage to J.S. Bach, one of Fritz Kreisler’s ‘fictional’ compositions ‘by’ Pugnani (with a guest appearance by his wife, violinist Janny Joo), and an iconic and fantastical sonata by Grazyna Bacewicz.

Tickets: https://open-space-music.com/collections/events-1/products/open-space-a-far-cry-december


Friday, December 18, 2020

Pianist Stephen Lewis Plays the Christmas (Non)Classics
Friday, December 18 @ 5:00PM PST
Live stream concert. Ticketed event: $15 admission.

Stephen Lewis performs non-traditional Christmas music with many exciting, clangorous bell sounds by Chopin, Messiaen, Bartók and Beethoven.

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stephen-lewis-plays-the-christmas-nonclassics-tickets-130631429121