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PORT L A ND S TAT E CH A MB ER CHOIR Here, at last, is a choral ensemble capable of doing justice to the Oregon Symphony. –Brett Campbell, Oregon ArtsWatch

KNOWN FOR Lively concerts that mix modern masterworks with pop and world music.



At the performances, conductor Ethan Sperry does a great job explaining what the pieces are about, what to listen for, and when to clap. This makes the concerts more comfortable and meaningful for newbies and aficionados alike.

PSUCHAMBERCHOIR.COM 503.725.3307 (BOX OFFICE) TICKETS: $7 & UP Left: Chamber Choir. Photo by Paige Baker. Right: Ethan Sperry. Photo by Chad Lanning.


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he Portland State Chamber Choir is beloved far and wide, with accolades as impressive as their voices. They’ve won international competitions on two continents: They brought home the Grand Prix trophy from the 2017 Bali International Choral Festival, which is the largest choral competition in Asia, and were the first American choir to win the Seghizzi International Competition for Choral Singing in Italy in 2013. The choir performs an eclectic range of music, from avantgarde pieces and classical masterworks to virtuosic arrangements of pop tunes and world music. Two perennial crowd-pleasers are their arrangements of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah and Ballelaikka, a song from a popular Indian movie. (Look for their YouTube video of the choir rehearsing Ballelaikka in the Singapore airport that went viral!) In August, the Chamber Choir released The Doors of Heaven, the fi rst American recording of works by Latvian composer Ērik Ešenvalds. The recording was released by Naxos, the world’s largest classical label—an uncommon achievement for a university choir! The choir will perform The Doors of Heaven for Portland audiences in November, and Ešenvalds himself will be at the concert. Later in the season, the Chamber Choir collaborates with the Oregon Symphony, Portland Youth Philharmonic, and NW Film Center for multidisciplinary performances featuring a silent fi lm about Joan of Arc and the video game Final Fantasy. The group will spend summer 2018 touring Argentina following a farewell concert at Weiden+Kennedy, another first of its kind. Let there be no doubt: The future is bright for this acclaimed choral ensemble! .

THE FIRST TEARS November 10 & 12, 2017 First United Methodist Church F 7:30pm; Sun 4:00pm Celebrate the Choir’s new recording of works by Latvian superstar composer Ēriks Ešenvalds; The First Tears tells the Native American legend of The Raven and the Whale; Ešenvalds himself will attend VOICES OF LIGHT January 26, 2018 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall F 7:30pm Richard Einhorn’s oratorio accompanies Carl Dreyer’s famous silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc

DISTANT WORLDS: MUSIC FROM FINAL FANTASY February 3, 2018 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Sat 7:30pm A multimedia experience with the Oregon Symphony

L AST TANGO IN PORTL AND May 18, 2018 Wieden+Kennedy Before the Chamber Choir departs for a competition in Argentina, special guest pianist Thomas Lauderdale joins them for a truly festive send-off

A BERNSTEIN CENTENNIAL March 2 & 4, 2018 First United Methodist Church F 7:30pm; Sun 4:00pm Celebrating 100 years of Leonard Bernstein, featuring Chichester Psalms and excerpts of his mass, Candide, and more

GLOBAL RHY THMS VII: VALERIE NAR ANJO June 1–2, 2018 Lincoln Performance Hall, PSU F & Sat 7:30pm The Native American composer and percussionist for the Saturday Night Live Band returns to Portland for a concert featuring African and Native American music

R AVEL’S DAPHNIS AND CHLOE April 7–9, 2018 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Sat–M 7:30pm Ravel’s finest score, with the Oregon Symphony

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