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Portland Oregon Classic Music – Don’t Miss These Concerts This Fall

 

Fall is right around the corner in Portland Oregon and there’s no better place to be in the world than here thanks to the beautiful fall colors that come with the changing of the seasons.

Besides fall colors, crisp weather and hot apple cider, another great thing to enjoy in Portland this fall is classical music.

If you’re a classical music fan, don’t miss one of these concerts below:

Fear No Music: “Song of the Swifts”

Since the 1980s, Vaux’s Swifts have come every August to roost in the chimney of Chapman Elementary School in Northwest Portland. It has become such a well-known stop in their migration that more than 2,000 people gather on many evenings to watch the birds swirl above the chimney. Starting with this natural phenomenon, New York pianist (and Portland native) Kathleen Supove will explore borderless travel for birds, humans and other creatures.

7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, The Old Church, 1422 S.W. 11th Ave. $10-$25, fearnomusic.org or 971-220-6366.

Oregon Symphony: Brahms’ Fourth Symphony

The most intriguing piece on this program is a new work by Katherine Balch, composer in residence with the California Symphony. Titled “Chamber Music,” it is inspired by leaves and the sounds you hear lying in grass. It is accompanied by Haydn’s “Hen” Symphony, Copland’s Piano Concerto with virtuoso Inon Barnatan, and the Brahms. The program is led by acclaimed conductor Jun Markl and will mark the first time in Oregon Symphony history that a guest has led the orchestra in a world premiere.

7:30 p.m. Saturday and Monday, Sept. 29 and Oct. 1, 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway. Tickets start at $24, orsymphony.org or 503-228-1353.

45th Parallel: “The Big Bang”

Celebrating a decade of leadership under violinist Greg Ewer, the ensemble, which numbers a dozen of Portland’s best musicians, will offer a veritable cornucopia of chamber music. In the mix are pieces by familiar names, like Haydn, Beethoven, Rossini, and Britten. There will also be music by Aaron Jay Kernis and Elliott Carter, plus Robert Marino‘s intricate “Eight on 3 and Nine on 2” and the rhythmically convulsive “Techno” movement from Jimmy Lopez‘s “Fiesta.”

7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, First United Methodist Church, 1838 S.W. Jefferson St. $15-$40, 45thparallelpdx.org or 503-341-0606.

45th Parallel: “The Big Bang”

Celebrating a decade of leadership under violinist Greg Ewer, the ensemble, which numbers a dozen of Portland’s best musicians, will offer a veritable cornucopia of chamber music. In the mix are pieces by familiar names, like Haydn, Beethoven, Rossini, and Britten. There will also be music by Aaron Jay Kernis and Elliott Carter, plus Robert Marino‘s intricate “Eight on 3 and Nine on 2” and the rhythmically convulsive “Techno” movement from Jimmy Lopez‘s “Fiesta.”

7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, First United Methodist Church, 1838 S.W. Jefferson St. $15-$40, 45thparallelpdx.org or 503-341-0606. Click here to learn more!

 

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