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City of Tomorrow wind quintet performs in Portland Saturday.

City of Tomorrow wind quintet performs in Portland Saturday.

This weekend’s concerts feature several small ensembles that specialize in contemporary sounds, plenty of Baroque rarities and favorites, and much more.

eighth blackbird, Friday, Music Recital Hall, Southern Oregon University, and Sunday, Beall Concert Hall, University of Oregon. One of the world’s finest contemporary chamber ensembles performs the haunting Murder Ballades by Bryce Dessner  (the guitarist in The National who also enjoys a burgeoning career as a contemporary classical composer, including an album last year with Kronos Quartet); the ethereal Duet for Heart and Breath by Read Parry (who plays in the Arcade Fire); selections from Slide, a theater work whose music (by another rock/classical composer, Steven Mackey), impressed me when I covered its 2009 premiere in California; another piece whose subject is losing grip on reality, Australian composer Brett Dean’s Old Kings in Exile; a flute and piano arrangement of the great 20th century composer Gyorgy Ligeti’s celebrated piano etudes, and more.

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