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.

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.

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

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. 

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!