The season opens with the Big Night concert, as music director George Manahan leads soloists, orchestra and chorus in an evening of opera's greatest hits — works by Verdi, Wagner, Mozart, Rossini and Bizet, as well as Broadway favorites. Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., www.portlandopera.org, starting at $25.
'Rain — A Tribute to The Beatles'
The tribute band celebrates the 50th anniversary of the release of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" by playing the album in its entirety. Details: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, April 17-18, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., www.portland5.com, $30-$60.
Coming to venues this week (tickets still available at press time):
• The Oregon Symphony returns from a break for a concert with Rick Springfield, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway. Tickets start at $30, and are available at www.orsymphony.org. Springfield, the 1980s star, brought us "Jessie's Girl," "Don't Talk to Strangers," "An Affair of the Heart," "I've Done Everything for You," "Love Somebody" and "Human Touch" among his 17 top-40 hits.
• Federale is celebrating 10 years of "La Rayar" with a reissue release show, 9 p.m. Friday, April 13, at the Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St. Fernando and Evan Thomas Way also perform. Tickets: $12-$14, www.dougfirlounge.com.
• Ural Thomas and the Pain play the Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St., 9 p.m. Saturday, April 14. Tickets: $13-$15, www.dougfirlounge.com. Band leader/drummer Scott Magee has arranged a setlist compiled from the gilded age of soul, R&B and Thomas originals.
• Heavy metal legends Judas Priest, newly inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, play Portland on its most recent tour, 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. It's the band that brought us "British Steel," "Screaming for Vengeance," "Painkiller" and more. Tickets: $41-$91, $13 parking, www.rosequarter.com.
A lot of shows sell out. We'll occasionally try to alert you to certain events that don't have tickets for sale anymore, which would allow you to ask — bother? — friends to take you. Or, evaluate the secondary market.
Cry Cry Cry is made up of Dar Williams, Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky, and they just released a new recording of "Cathedrals" and will play the Aladdin Theater on Saturday, April 14. It's sold out.
Buy your tickets soon ...
• The Counting Crows have announced dates for their "25 Years and Counting" tour, and they include a June 30 stop at Sunlight Supply Amphitheater in Ridgefield, Wash. Tickets are on sale at www.LiveNation.com.