Us Portlanders are quite lucky to live in a city that boasts a thriving classical music scene. Not just the Portland Symphony and their regular large scale events, but small chamber ensembles, free weekly noon time concerts at the Old Church, daring groups like Classical Revolution PDX, and the gent behind March Music Moderne.
The third edition of this freewheeling event is ready to get underway on March 7th, and the schedule leaves me speechless with anticipation. There’s a multi-evening run through all of Shostakovich’s string quartets, a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the premier of The Rites of Spring, new works by NW composers, and the debut of some of the finalists from Classical Revolution’s composer contest. As well, for broke folk like myself, many of the events are free or have an inexpensive ticket option.
I’m hoping to get a sit down with Bob Priest, the man behind these events for an interview to be published here or as part of my Willamette Week column, so stay tuned for that. But until then, check out the schedule below and start marking up your calendars as you see fit.