A maestro returns

Oregon Symphony Orchestra

The return of James DePreist, who led the Oregon Symphony for more than two decades, is always a two-way celebration.

The orchestra and its fans get to honor the man who helped put Portland on the classical music map before departing in 2003. DePreist and his wife get to savor that loving embrace.

'After having lived there for 25 years, it's a matter of Portland being in our blood,' he said this week from New York. 'It always is a part of us.'

DePreist, the symphony's laureate music director, spends most of his time nowadays at the prestigious Juilliard School, where he is director of conducting and orchestral studies. He also is permanent conductor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.

DePreist's Portland visit this weekend reunites him with a concert of Russian classics as beloved as the conductor himself.

Guest artist Valentina Lisitsa performs a once-reviled Tchaikovsky concerto for piano and orchestra. Before that, DePreist conducts Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances, Opus 45, as well as Suite No. 1 from 'Gayane' by Aram Khachaturian, composer of the stirring 'Sabre Dance.'

- Eric Bartels

7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 8 p.m. Monday, March 10-12, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, 503-228-1353,, $20-$88; also available through Ticketmaster (503-224-4400), subject to service charges



Jacques Rivette Retrospective

Often mentioned in the same breath as Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut, French director Jacques Rivette has received considerably less screen time on the art-house circuit, in part because some of his most acclaimed works run to unwieldy lengths.

In the four-plus hours of 1968's 'L'Amour Fou' (6 p.m. Saturday) he explores the overlap between art and life, as the ensemble-generated drama weaves among the romances of a theater company.

Rivette also is known for focusing on the lives of women, as in 1966's 'The Nun' (7 p.m. Friday), a portrait of a young woman of the 18th century (Anna Karina) who is forced into a convent.

- Anne Marie DiStefano

Through March 31, Portland Art Museum, Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., 503-221-1156,, $7


'Ireland: Bloody Beautiful'

Brushing the St. Patrick's Day mythology aside, Readers Repertory Theatre sees the real Ireland through the eyes of playwright Thomas McLaughlin, whose play, 'Greatest Hits,' will be read.

The event also will feature contemporary Irish poetry and the fiddling talents of Brongaene Griffin.

- EB

8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 9-10, Blackfish Gallery, 420 N.W. Ninth Ave., 503-295-4997, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., $8



Sacred Fire, Healing Voices

Music has healing properties, and while it can't bring back Kendrick Perala, a local choral singer who died last year after a kitchen fire, it can remind people of Kendrick's passion and help other burn victims.

Perala's friends and former colleagues in Cappella Romana and Oregon Repertory Singers are joining to remember Perala through music and to raise money for the Oregon Burn Center.

The program promises passages by Rachmaninoff, Britten and Duruflé, as well as a beautiful experience in service of a great cause.

- Barbara Mitchell

7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1624 N.E. Hancock St., 503-287-1289, $25, all ages

'Piano Men'

The Portland Gay Men's Chorus performs the music of piano geniuses from Schubert to Fats Waller to Carole King.

- EB

3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 10, Portland Center for the Performing Arts, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, 503-226-2588,, $20-$30



Shamrock Run

Where else but Portland do you have the opportunity to run in the hopes of winning your weight in beer?

This weekend, runners can take part in 5k, 8k and 15k runs; walkers can stride along a 3.25-mile course; and kids can take part in the 1k Leprechaun Lap as part of the annual Shamrock Run.

Post-race, winners from the runs can counterbalance on a teeter-totter to see how much bubbly Widmer Bros. brew they have won. The Shamrock Celebration Garden will offer fruit and clam chowder alongside beer in the tent, along with bagpipe music by the Clan Macleay Pipe Band.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation. Be sure to 'spring forward' for daylight saving time before going to bed Saturday night so you don't miss the race.

- Suzie Ridgway

6:30 a.m. registration, race start times staggered between 7:45 a.m. and 8:56 a.m., 10 a.m. awards ceremony, Sunday, March 11, Gov. Tom McCall Waterfront Park between Southwest Oak and Stark streets, 503-638-1305,, $10-$60 event day registration

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