Here are our picks for Portland-area arts events for Nov. 30-Dec. 6. “Wolf Tales” Choreographers Andrea Parson, Franco Nieto, Kody Jauron and Anthony Pucci turn Northwest Dance Project’s annual holiday show into an hourlong collection of fractured fairy tales. Their new family-friendly works give new twists to “The Three Little Pigs,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Snow White” and more. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 6-8, Lincoln Hall, 1620 S.W. Park Ave. $34-$58, nwdanceproject.org or 503-828-8285. Takacs QuartetThis storied string quartet is in town for two nights to perform two separate concerts. Both feature Haydn and Shostakovich, with Brahms rounding out the program on the first night and Schubert on the second. The second concert also features guest cellist Hamilton Cheifetz. 7:30 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Dec. 3-4, Lincoln Hall, 1620 S.W. Park Ave. $30-$55, focm.org or 503-224-9842. View this post on Instagram "I think The … [Read more...] about 8 Portland arts picks: Dance, classical music, art, radio drama and theater
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This is the best time of year for classical music. It’s that post-summer, pre-Christmas period when orchestras, chamber groups and vocal companies bring out their most serious work. They know people are paying attention and they try to deliver the high-level goods that keep audiences interested.This year’s mid-fall season comes in a multitude of shapes and forms that remind concert-goers just how varied classical music can be. There are big ensemble moments, superstar turns, some off-beat explorations and, of course, there’s Verdi. There’s always Verdi. The local lineup features more than this list can possibly include, and November is definitely the time to scour the websites of your favorite classical presenter to see what they’re up to. But we did manage to pick out some promising events worth checking out. Britten’s “War Requiem,” Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Fri.-Sun., Nov. 2-4 World War I is the blackest of marks on human … [Read more...] about Did you know now is the best time for classical music in Colorado? Well, it is. And here’s where to hear it.
Heard every holiday season on Classical 94.5 WNED, The Rose Ensemble, now in its 23 (and final) year tours America with a message of peaceful co-existence in their program “Land of Three Faiths” on stage at Canisius College’s Montante Cultural Center, in a free Arts Canisius concert described as a mix of sacred, secular, folk, and classical music (listen below) that will take listeners on an exploration of language, spirituality, and cultural exchange. And some pretty cool sounds that you don’t get to hear everyday. Tickets to this Thursday, October 4, event at 7:30 p.m. are free, but you are asked to check in so they know you’re coming for Thursday evening’s concert as well as the post-concert reception. (Arts Canisius is known for tasty receptions.) According to Jordan Sramek, founder and director of the Minnesota-based Rose Ensemble: “This program is an exploration of faith traditions on an historical level. We look at Medieval Spain. It is … [Read more...] about Music shows path to co-existence between Muslims, Jews, and Christians in free concert with Rose Ensemble at Montante Cultural Center
The New England Conservatory announced Thursday that local non-profit, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, has awarded a $2.5 million grant to launch a new initiative aimed at helping aspiring middle and high school musicians from underrepresented communities. This initiative, named Boston Bridge to Equity and Achievement in Music, or BEAM, will promote inclusivity and diversity for youth in the arts, according to a press release from the New England Conservatory. A coalition of music groups is orchestrating the BEAM initiative, including the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Community Music Center of Boston, Project String Training Education Program and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Catherine Weiskel, executive director of the BYSO, said the groups working on this collaborative initiative recognize the importance of programs that provide early education opportunities in the arts. The consortium is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its Intensive Community Program, which Weiskel … [Read more...] about $2.5 million granted to improve classical music early education programs
By John Boyd Published 9:38 am CDT, Monday, July 17, 2017 The cast of 'La Bamba:' Then & Now, and their real-life inspiration In a career-defining role, Lou Diamond Phillips played the role of singer Ritchie Valens in the 1987 rock'n'roll biopic. See what the cast looks like more than 30 years later, along with the real-life people that inspired their characters ... less The cast of 'La Bamba:' Then & Now, and their real-life inspiration In a career-defining role, Lou Diamond Phillips played the role of singer Ritchie Valens in the 1987 rock'n'roll biopic. See what the ... more Photo: Columbia Pictures Lou Diamond Phillips as "Ritchie Valens" Lou Diamond Phillips played the leading role in "La Bamba" as singer Ritchie Valens (real name: Richard Steven Valenzuela). The role was the first in a long line of big hits for Phillips in the late-80s and '90s that also included the "Young Guns" series. less … [Read more...] about ‘La Bamba:’ Actors then & now, and the real-life people who inspired the 1987 classic music biopic