PORTLAND OPERA // MARCH 15–23
Portland Opera’s annual Newmark productions are always among its most anticipated, not just for the intimate nature of the theater, but for the ability of the company to take risks. With the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia as its coproducer, the opera is tackling an original production of Handel’s Rinaldo, a fantastical tale of a knight in the First Crusade who must battle sorcerers, spirits, and dragons to save the woman he loves—a fitting plot for the opera that first introduced magic effects and magnificent stage machines to London audiences in 1711. Fortunately, our knight will have at his side the fine musicians of Portland Baroque Orchestra as his accompaniment, the second such collaboration for the two organizations. (PBO will also perform its own Handel concerts March 22–24). —AS
Premonitions | May 4 & 5
Fronted by singer Storm Large and a full cast, the Oregon Symphony will tempt us with the satirical ballet chanté (“sung ballet”) of German composer Kurt Weill, The Seven Deadly Sins, which follows a girl as she travels through the US, encountering a deadly sin in each city. Macabre compositions by Schubert, Ravel, and others round out the evening. —Genevieve Hudson
Third Angle Ensemble | Mar 21 at 7:30
Now in its second year, Third Angle’s Russell New Ideas in Music competition awards three composers—one regional, one national, and one international—and invites audiences to the first performances of the winning compositions. —AS
Cappella Romana | June 16 at 4
Few local groups cover more ground—musically or in the breadth of their touring—than this a cappella ensemble. This performance is no exception. Titled “From Constantinople to California,” the program takes a 1,000-year journey from Ancient Byzantine chants to contemporary Greek-American choral music, a similar journey to the group’s own that resulted in its 2011 recording Cappella Romana Live in Greece. —Sam Coggeshall
Chamber Music NW Summer Festival | June 24–July 28
At age 43, this festival remains one of the city’s most anticipated and enjoyable events, with performances running over five weeks in the lush climes of Catlin Gabel School and Reed College. This year’s highlights include the Darrell Grant Ensemble, the Miro Quartet, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, and violinist Philip Setzer. —SC For concert times and locations, call 503-294-6400 or visit cmnw.org.
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