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September 2022

MusicWatch Monthly: October Surprises

Classical mainstays move into their seasons, a choir dissents, new music sounds out, electronica and rock get experimental, plus jazz and post-punk.

The Bird Boys’ Swan Song

As dance presenters Walter Jaffe and Paul King move into their 25th season of running White Bird, the elite company they founded, they prepare to pass the torch.

Dancing Shakespeare’s Dark Lady

How Elizabethan: The new and old of Nashville Ballet’s “Black Lucy and the Bard” on PBS’s Great Performances.

News & Notes: A resonating ‘Hallelujah’

A PSU choir’s link to Leonard Cohen’s most famous song; a Covid cancellation; Afro-Topia Pop-Up; remembering Hilary Mantel & Louise Fletcher; Corey Brunish & “The Music Man.”

Review: “The Art of Food”

The show, now open at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at PSU, presents food-related works from Schnitzer’s impressive collection. The result is a sumptuous feast (for the eyes).

Artists Rep welcomes its new leader

New artistic director Jeanette Harrison brings a commitment to a diversity of voices to Portland’s second largest theater company.

Oregon Bach Festival: Weathering the Storm

Emerging from the pandemic and into its second half-century, Eugene’s summer music extravaganza pulled off worthy concerts while seeking new artistic leadership.

DramaWatch: (more than) just clowning around

CoHo Clown Festival gets down with some feisty physical comedy; “The Hombres” land at Artists Rep; “tick, tick” heads for its final boom; the enduring wit of Louise Brooks.

A sculpture to celebrate Louis Southworth

Southworth is the namesake of Waldport’s newly announced park. Pete Helzer’s life-sized bronze portrait will celebrate and pay tribute to Southworth and his remarkable life story.

Evan Baden’s Push Pull Editions

Evan Baden’s photobook publishing venture is a passion project two years in the making. Blake Andrews visits Baden in his Corvallis garage, the home of Push Pull Editions, to discuss process and motivation.

Keller Auditorium: Renovate or replace?

Either way, seismic concerns are pushing a decision. A recent tour of Oregon’s biggest performance hall demonstrated the building’s need and its untapped potential.

A Portland ballet star moves on to Hong Kong

Xuan Cheng, principal dancer for Oregon Ballet Theatre, is the new principal dancer and ballet mistress for Hong Kong Ballet. She’ll split the next year between Hong Kong and Oregon.

DramaWatch: TBA, taking a chance on art

PICA’s experimental extravaganza hits the boards again. Plus openings, from sci-fi to farce to ghosts, pajamas, book clubs, stony hearts, midsummer dreams and a mushroom hunt.

Performers relax together onstage as they wait for their turns at the Siletz Bay Music Festival Sept. 4 at the Lincoln Cultural Center on the Oregon Coast. Photo by Angela Allen.

Tapas in Siletz Bay

Multi-week Siletz Bay Music Festival brings classical, jazz, hip-hop, and a relaxed vibe to Lincoln City Cultural Center.