Opening Night Party for Oregon Ballet Theatre’s Chromatic Quartet is High Spirited

Opening Night Party for Oregon Ballet Theatre’s Chromatic Quartet is High Spirited

Portland, April 19th. Oregon Ballet Theatre supporters and dancers waltzed into the RingSide Fish House to celebrate the launch of the company’s newest production: Chromatic Quartet.  (Photo Credit, Lars C. Larsen) Portland Playhouse actor Damian Thompson, OBT Trustee Neville Wellman and Principal Dancer Xuan Cheng enjoyed the party. Chromatic Quartet is at the Newmark Theatre through April 28th.
 
Apprentices Thomas Baker, Jordan Kindell, Company Artists Olga Krochik, Michael Breeden, Martina Chavez, Brent Slack-Wolfe and Ashley Dawn

Apprentices Thomas Baker, Jordan Kindell, Company Artists Olga Krochik, Michael Breeden, Martina Chavez, Brent Slack-Wolfe and Ashley Dawn

 
 
Soloist Lucas Threefoot and Joann Van Ness Menashe

Soloist Lucas Threefoot and Joann Van Ness Menashe

 
Principal Dancer Alison Roper, Music Director and Conductor Niel DePonte and The Lost Dance composer Owen Belton

Principal Dancer Alison Roper, Music Director and Conductor Niel DePonte and The Lost Dance composer Owen Belton

  
Company Artist Grace Shibley with Susie and Dennis Ott

Company Artist Grace Shibley with Susie and Dennis OttGuests mingle at the opening night after party for OBT’s Chromatic Quartet program

 
 
Soloist Lucas Threefoot, Susie Ott, Dennis Ott, Principal Dancer Brett Bauer, OBT Trustees Cheri Cooley-Hick and Ken Hick

Soloist Lucas Threefoot, Susie Ott, Dennis Ott, Principal Dancer Brett Bauer, OBT Trustees Cheri Cooley-Hick and Ken Hick

 
Composer for The Lost Dance, Owen Belton, and NW Dance Project Artistic Director Sarah Slipper at the opening night

Composer for The Lost Dance, Owen Belton, and NW Dance Project Artistic Director Sarah Slipper at the opening night

 
OBT Music Director and Conductor Niel DePonte, Executive Director Diane Syrcle and Artistic Director Christopher Stowell

OBT Music Director and Conductor Niel DePonte, Executive Director Diane Syrcle and Artistic Director Christopher Stowell

 
Principal Dancer Haiyan Wu and Company Artist Martina Chavez

Principal Dancer Haiyan Wu and Company Artist Martina Chavez

 
Justin Englund, Heidi Koenigsmann, The Lost Dance costume designer Adam Arnold and Jared Best

Justin Englund, Heidi Koenigsmann, The Lost Dance costume designer Adam Arnold and Jared Best

 
Retired Principal Dancer and current Artistic Coordinator Anne Mueller, Robert Trotman, Dan Bergsvik, Audience Development Manager Paul Stavish and Company Artist Martina Chavez

Retired Principal Dancer and current Artistic Coordinator Anne Mueller, Robert Trotman, Dan Bergsvik, Audience Development Manager Paul Stavish and Company Artist Martina Chavez

 
Retired Principal Dancer and current Artistic Coordinator Anne Mueller, Ruth Poindexter, Principal Dancer Brett Bauer, Gretchen Alley and Charles Poindexter

Retired Principal Dancer and current Artistic Coordinator Anne Mueller, Ruth Poindexter, Principal Dancer Brett Bauer, Gretchen Alley and Charles Poindexter

 
Sandy Holmes, The Lost Dance choreographer Matjash Mrozewski and Retired Principal Dancer and current Artistic Coordinator Anne Mueller (Left photo) and Retired Principal Dancer and current Artistic Coordinator Anne Mueller and The Lost Dance costume designer Adam Arnold (on Right)

Sandy Holmes, The Lost Dance choreographer Matjash Mrozewski and Retired Principal Dancer and current Artistic Coordinator Anne Mueller (Left photo) and Retired Principal Dancer and current Artistic Coordinator Anne Mueller and The Lost Dance costume designer Adam Arnold (on Right)

 
Principal Dancer Kathi Martuza (right) with OBT Trustee Virginia Sewell and Ivan Gold (center) and guests at the opening night after party for OBT’s Chromatic Quartet program

Principal Dancer Kathi Martuza (right) with OBT Trustee Virginia Sewell and Ivan Gold (center) and guests at the opening night after party for OBT’s Chromatic Quartet program

The next big performance for OBT is Dance United on June 9th.

The 2012/2013 OBT season has also been anounced and includes:

Body Beautiful

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

Swan Lake

American Music Festival

Celebrating Balanchine

Ticket information at: http://www.obt.org/12-13/index.html

 

Portland Opera’s “Galileo Galilei” is Clearly Beautiful Glass

Portland Opera’s “Galileo Galilei” is Clearly Beautiful Glass

Portland, March 26th. The Portland Opera is earning high marks for its production of composer Philip Glass’ Galileo Galilei. (Photo Credit, ©Portland Opera/Cory Weaver.) The Newmark Theatre production features up-and-coming voices and is sung in English. 

Here’s the story: Can you imagine? What it must have felt like? To believe-to know!-that it was the earth that revolved around the sun and not the other way around! To stand against the prevailing thought of the entire world! All the way back to his childhood as he enjoys an opera written by hisfather about-of all things-the magical story of planetary figures. 

Richard Troxell as Older Galileo

Richard Troxell as Older Galileo

We meet the famous astronomer on his deathbed, blind from looking sunward so often, and are guided backwards through his life. Back as the Church strips him of his freedom, back as he kneels to recant his work, back as he is declared a heretic.

Richard Troxell as Older Galileo

Richard Troxell as Older Galileo

Performances continue on:

 Apr 5, 2012
Thursday 7:30 pm

Apr 7, 2012
Saturday 7:30 pm
 
Featuring the Portland Opera Studio Artists
 
Maria Celeste / Duchess Christina Lindsay Ohse
Old Galileo Richard Troxell
Younger Galileo / Salviati André Chiang
Maria Maddalena / A Scribe Caitlin Mathes
Cardinal #1 / Oracle #1 John Holiday
Pope Urban VIII / Cardinal Barberini / Simplicio Nicholas Nelson
Sagredo / Marie de’Medicis / Eos Anne McKee Reed
Cardinal #2 / Servant / Oracle #2 Matthew Hayward
Cardinal #3 / Priest José Rubio
   
Conductor Anne Manson
Stage Director Kevin Newbury
Costume Designer Sue Bonde
Scenic Designer Curt Enderle
Lighting Designer Don Crossley
35th Portland International Film Festival had Sold Out Screenings

35th Portland International Film Festival had Sold Out Screenings

Portland, February 9th. Opening Night of the Portland International Film Festival drew 849 people  The crowd at PCPA’s Newmark Theater enjoyed a screening of CBS Films’ Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. Bridget Smith, Dan Heine, Roberta Heine, Dave Nutter, and Shanelle Pridemore attended as event supporters from Bank of Oswego. The Northwest Film Center, is the parent organization of the Portland International Film Festival.

Jessica Lyness, Abigail Press, and Annika Wagner

Jessica Lyness, Abigail Press, and Annika Wagner

The Portland International Film Festival is the major film event in Oregon. This year the 18-day festival presented more than 93 feature films and 46 shorts from more than three dozen countries in all four quadrants of Portland and even branched out to Lake Oswego. Theater venues included the Portland Center for the Performing Arts, the Regal Cinemas at Pioneer Place and Lloyd Center Mall, the World Trade Center Theater, Cinemagic, Cinema 21, the Lake Twin Cinemas in Lake Oswego, and the Portland Art Museum’s Whitsell Auditorium.
John Yu, Kathy Zhany, Lauren McNerney, Alexei Bein

John Yu, Kathy Zhany, Lauren McNerney, and Alexei Bein

Attendance over the course of the festival is expected to be over 35,000 people.

Opening night was sold out

Opening night was sold out

Now in its 35th year, the Festival is sustained through the encouragement, leadership, and generosity of  sponsors.

Shirly Carlson, Marina Stites, Jane Kennedy

Shirley Carlson, Marina Stites, Jane Kennedy

This year’s Festival features the Portland premieres of 20 films submitted for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, including: Breathing (Austria); Bullhead (Belgium); Monsieur Lazhar (Canada); Habanastation (Cuba); Declaration of War (France); Patagonia (Great Britain); Attenberg (Greece); The Turin Horse (Hungary); Volcano (Iceland); Abu, Son of Adam (India); Footnote (Israel); Postcard (Japan); Where Do We Go Now? (Lebanon); The Orator (New Zealand); Woman in the Septic Tank (Philippines); José y Pilar (Portugal); Morgen (Romania); The Front Line (South Korea); and Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Turkey).

The Portland International Film Festival is sponsored by The Oregonian, Regal Cinemas, LAIKA, The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Alaska Airlines, Wieden+Kennedy, Delta Airlines, James F. Marion Miller Foundation, and many more. Presentation of the Festival in Lake Oswego is made possible by the Bank of Lake Oswego and the City of Lake Oswego.
 
The Festival is produced by the Northwest Film Center, a regional media arts resource and service organization founded to encourage the study, appreciation, and utilization of the moving image arts, foster their artistic and professional excellence, and to help create a climate in which they flourish. In addition to the Portland International Film Festival, the Center produces the annual Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival, Portland Jewish Film Festival and a variety of year-round of film and video exhibition, educational and information programs serving Oregon and residents of the Northwest.
Portland Opera’s Madame Butterfly Takes Flight

Portland Opera’s Madame Butterfly Takes Flight

Portland, February 1st. The Portland Opera production of Giacomo Puccini well-loved work, Madame Butterfly, is getting rave reviews.  Madame Butterfly stars Kelly Kaduce as Cio-Cio-San with Roger Honeywell as Pinkerton.  (Photo credit: ©Portland Opera/Cory Weaver.)

The opera Madame Butterfly (1904), was based upon a play of the same title by David Belasco, which, in turn is based upon a short story by John Luther Long. Long contended his story was based upon actual events as related to him by his missionary sister, Jennie Correll, who spent years in Nagasaki, and knew not only many of the naval officers who put into port, but the local people, too.

The opera Madame Butterfly (1904), was based upon a play of the same title by David Belasco, which, in turn is based upon a short story by John Luther Long. Long contended his story was based upon actual events as related to him by his missionary sister, Jennie Correll, who spent years in Nagasaki, and knew not only many of the naval officers who put into port, but the local people, too.

Kelly Kaduce as Cio-Cio-San with Roger Honeywell as

Kelly Kaduce as Cio-Cio-San with Roger Honeywell as Pinkerton

As part of its commitment to the community, Portland Opera makes the final dress rehearsal of each opera available to the region's students.

As part of its commitment to the community, Portland Opera makes the final dress rehearsal of each opera available to the region's students.

Here’s a link to the YouTube video of Madame Butterfly. It will break your heart–Kelly Kaduce is just amazing! The whole company is world-class! This video is worth watching if you love opera.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-g5hFNAJuJc&context=C389118bADOEgsToPDskLh2DNvvdFdoTg2_YSUW5tS

From Portland Opera.

When the American naval officer stepped onto that foreign land, he should have known. And if he didn’t, the simple sincerity of Cio-Cio-San’s tender voice should have told him. To be careful. That she would believe his every word. That she was delicate, like … like a butterfly.

But he didn’t. And in that suddenly changed world plays out one of the most emotional and unforgettable of all operas.

Feb 3, 2012
Friday 7:30 pm              

Feb 5, 2012
Sunday 2:00 pm              
Feb 9, 2012
Thursday 7:30 pm
              
Feb 11, 2012
Saturday 7:30 pm              

Puccini at his best! Music so powerful, so achingly beautiful, that it has never failed to wring the tears and win the hearts of audiences throughout the world!

Sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage. Performances held at the Keller Auditorium. Estimated running time 3 hours, 15 minutes

CAST

Cio-Cio-San Kelly Kaduce
Pinkerton Roger Honeywell
Suzuki Kathryn Day
Sharpless John Hancock
Goro Jon Kolbet
Prince Yamadori / Registrar André Chiang
The Bonze Gustav Andreassen
Commissioner Nicholas Nelson
Kate Pinkerton Caitlin Mathes
Conductor Anne Manson
Stage Director Christian Smith

With members of the Portland Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Winter Roses Bloom for All Classical 89.9

Winter Roses Bloom for All Classical 89.9

Portland, January 13th. Music lovers converged on The Old Church for A “Winter Roses” benefit for All Classical 89.9. The popular 24-hour not-for-profit classical music station raised an estimated $2,500 at the event. (Photo credit, Joe Cantrell and Paul Rich) 89.9 staffers Katherine Lefever, Mary Evjen and Andrea Rennie enjoyed the evening.

Pianist Janet Coleman and violinist Greg Ewer. 89.9 on-air personality Robert McBride greets concert goers.

Pianist Janet Coleman and violinist Greg Ewer. 89.9 on-air personality Robert McBride greets concert goers.

 

45th Parallel musicians Janet Coleman, piano, and Angela Niederloh. Cellist Hamilton Cheifetz, on-air host Robert McBride, Janet Coleman and pianist Bill Crane.

45th Parallel musicians Janet Coleman, piano, and Angela Niederloh. Cellist Hamilton Cheifetz, on-air host Robert McBride, Janet Coleman and pianist Bill Crane.

From All Classical 89.9,

All Classical FM is Portland, Oregon’s classical radio station. Established in 1983, All Classical’s mission is to advance knowledge of and appreciation for classical music; to build and sustain culturally vibrant local and global communities around this art form; to reflect the spirit of the Pacific Northwest; and to foster integrity, quality, and innovation in all that we do.

The stations of All Classical rebroadcast the All Classical signal from Portland.

Classical music for the Hood River area became a reality with the launch of KQHR 90.1FM in November 2001.

All Classical  has added its newest permanent station this Halloween, KQDL 88.1 The Dalles. In May 2008, a long-time dream to have a classical station at the Oregon Coast became reality when KQOC 88.1 FM went on the air from Cape Foulweather. Our strongest signal in Oregon, this station reaches Tillamook and Cannon Beach to the north and Yachats to the south.

As non-commercial public radio stations, KQAC, KQHR, KQDL and KQOC rely on listener contributions, which provide over 60% of our budget. We also receive financial support from local businesses and arts organizations that underwrite our programming through on-air sponsorships. Additionally, a small portion of our annual budget comes from various foundation grants and from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Your contribution is held by All Classical Public Media, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preserving classical music radio and radio broadcast education in Portland. Tax-ID # 93-1042868.

Sundance Film Festival Draws Portlanders

Sundance Film Festival Draws Portlanders

Park City, Utah, January 19th- 29th.  Considered one of the premier platforms for independent film, the 2012 Sundance Film Festival is a popular draw for Oregon film lovers and winter sports enthusiasts.

The nonprofit Sundance Institute  was founded in 1981 by Robert Redford.

Sundance Film Festival 2012

The nonprofit Sundance Institute has introduced audiences to some of the most original stories of the last three decades including Reservoir Dogs, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, American Splendor, Little Miss Sunshine, and The Cove.

Portlanders Peter Johnson, Heather Mahoney,. Heather Mahoney is with Razorfish, the creative firm at the Bing Bar.

Portlanders Peter Johnson and Heather Mahoney took in the sights. Heather Mahoney is with Razorfish, the creative firm at the Bing Bar.

Portlanders Peter Johnson and Heather Mahoney celebrated success. Each year the Sundance Film Festival selects about 200 films for exhibition from thousands of submissions and more than 50,000 people attend screenings in various nearby  locations. Many years Oregon filmmakers have been represented including last year when Peter Richardson’s How to Die in Oregon won the prestigious Documentary Feature competition. This year, there were few Oregon films in the running.

The only Oregon-related feature film at Sundance 2012 was The Perception of Moving Targets, by Portland director Weston Currie, an film with a soundtrack by Portland musician Liz Harris.

The only Oregon-related feature film at Sundance 2012 was “The Perception of Moving Targets” by Portland director Weston Currie. It has a soundtrack by Portland musician Liz Harris.

 

The Big Bar at Sundance is an invitation only three story hub for VIP entertainment

The Big Bar at Sundance is an invitation only three-story hub for VIP entertainment

Rapper Lil John at the Bing Bar

Rapper Lil John at the Bing Bar

Bing Bar is a multi-faceted event space/bar hosting celebrity interviews, guest speakers, VIP parties, film premiere pre and after-parties and musical performances.

Bing Bar is a multi-faceted event space/bar hosting celebrity interviews, guest speakers, VIP parties, film premiere pre and after-parties and musical performances.

Rapper Wiz Khalifa entertains the crowd - photo by

Rapper Wiz Khalifa entertains the crowd at the Bing Bar, photo from Bing

 

The Sundance 2013 Film Festival begins Thursday, January 17, 2013, and ends Sunday, January 27, 2013.

Be Our Guest and Preview Photos from Beauty and the Beast

Be Our Guest and Preview Photos from Beauty and the Beast

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the Broadway musical, is coming to Portland’s Keller Auditorium February 14-19th. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated film, this production has won over 35 million people worldwide, especially children. It’s a musical love story filled with lavish sets, costumes and grand production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the popular title song. (Photos by Joan Marcus)

Dane Agostinis as Beast and Emily Behny as Belle.

Dane Agostinis as Beast and Emily Behny as Belle.

Broadway Across America’s Beauty and the Beast, is the next production in the Portland Opera’s Broadway Series. Other upcoming shows include: Wicked – March 14th – 8th, Million Dollar Quartet – May 22nd – 27th, and Jersey Boys July 18th – August 12th.

Emily Behny as Belle and the Cast of Beauty and the beast

Emily Behny as Belle and the Cast of Beauty and the beast

On the production’s website, there’s a preview video of the show:

Artists Thrive in Coastal Galleries

Artists Thrive in Coastal Galleries

Northern Oregon Coast. The 4th Street Studio and Gallery in Manzanita is a venue many Portlanders check out when looking for coastal themed art. It has featured the work of talented local and regional artists for over fifteen years. Tom McCallum’s eye-catching fish are popular with collectors; the fish are made of cut glass and copper foil. There are over 50 galleries drawing art lovers to coastal areas. It’s great place to live and work explains owner and weaver, Kathleen Kanas. She showcases her natural fiber basketry alongside paintings, stained glass, ceramics, semi-precious stone beaded jewelry, and mixed-media designs.

Self-taught Kathleen Kanas weaves, coils and twines a large variety of styles.

Self-taught Kathleen Kanas weaves, coils and twines a large variety of styles.

 

Baskets are made from materials gathered in the coastal environment

Baskets are made from materials gathered in the coastal environment

People who venture in find original oil paintings interpreting views of local towns and beaches. Acrylic and watercolor paintings depict gardens, regional wildlife and landscapes.

The gallery has colorful origional items

The gallery has colorful original jewelry as well

A variety of art is on display

A variety of art with coastal imagery is on display

Tom McCallum makes spider webs, beach art and other items in addition to his fish

Glass artist, Tom McCallum makes spider webs, beach scenes and other items in addition to his fish

A listing at the website, 101 Mile by Mile has other listings of art galleries along the Oregon Coast.

 

First Thursday Artists Celebrated

First Thursday Artists Celebrated

Portland, January 5th. Art lovers were toasting their favorites at The Laura Russo Gallery’s First Thursday Opening Reception. The Gallery on NW 21st was buzzing with excitement over new works by two prominent artists. Marlene Bauer and Gina Wilson.  Zoe Wilson is pictured with her mother, artist Gina Wilson, and their friend, Paris Hart.

Gina Wilson's Ceramics are hand built with clay slip

Gina Wilson's Ceramics are hand built with clay slip.

Martha Lee is the Director of Laura Russo Gallery inc. pictured here with artist Gina Wilson

Martha Lee, the Director of Laura Russo Gallery Inc., is pictured with artist Gina Wilson

The other artist featured in January is Marlene Bauer. Her recent work is acrylic, ink, and graphite on paper.

Michi Kosuge and artist Marlene Bauer

Michi Kosuge and artist Marlene Bauer

Observers say, “Marlene Bauer’s paintings combine precisely arranged color with elusive sketches from the artist’s observations, creating an enigmatic language of unique experience and inhabited space. ”

Laura Russo Gallery on  NW 2st, Street

First Thursday at the Laura Russo Gallery on NW 2st Street

Celeste Goguen and Will Gibbs (Marlene Bauer's son)

Celeste Goguen and Will Gibbs (Marlene Bauer's son)

Wilson and Bauer will be featured at Laura Russo through January 28th.

 

 

Oregon Ballet Theatre’s production of “George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker” Delights Families

Oregon Ballet Theatre’s production of “George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker” Delights Families

Each year George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker sets the season a-sparkle, creating memories for Portland area families. This year 7 performances will feature the full OBT Orchestra. Ballet lovers got to take a trip into a land where toy soldiers fight rat armies, snowflakes come dancing to life and the  sugarplum fairy presides over it all with the wave of a wand. Oregon Ballet Theatre continues to delight.

Kelsie Nobriga in Oregon Ballet Theatre’s 2011 production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, December 10-24 at the Keller Auditorium, Portland, OR. Photo by Blaine Truitt Covert.

Kelsie Nobriga in Oregon Ballet Theatre’s 2011 production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, December 10-24 at the Keller Auditorium, Portland, OR. Photo by Blaine Truitt Covert.

 

Oregon Ballet Theatre’s production of "George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker" Photo by Blaine Truitt Covert.

Oregon Ballet Theatre’s production of "George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker" Photo by Blaine Truitt Covert.

 

Veyoncé Ratcliff as “Marie” and Wyatt McConville-McCoy as “The Little Prince” in Oregon Ballet Theatre’s 2011 production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, December 10-24 at the Keller Auditorium, Portland, OR. Photo by Blaine Truitt Covert.

Veyoncé Ratcliff as “Marie” and Wyatt McConville-McCoy as “The Little Prince” in Oregon Ballet Theatre’s 2011 production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, December 10-24 at the Keller Auditorium, Portland, OR. Photo by Blaine Truitt Covert.

 

Principal Dancer Kathi Martuza as "Arabian Coffee" in Oregon Ballet Theatre’s production of "George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker" Photo by Blaine Truitt Covert.

Principal Dancer Kathi Martuza as "Arabian Coffee" in Oregon Ballet Theatre’s production of "George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker" Photo by Blaine Truitt Covert.

 

Principal Dancers Haiyan Wu and Yang Zou as the "Sugar Plum Fairy" and "Her Cavalier" in Oregon Ballet Theatre’s 2011 production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, December 10-24 at the Keller Auditorium, Portland, OR. Photo by Blaine Truitt Covert.

Principal Dancers Haiyan Wu and Yang Zou as the "Sugar Plum Fairy" and "Her Cavalier" in Oregon Ballet Theatre’s 2011 production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, December 10-24 at the Keller Auditorium, Portland, OR. Photo by Blaine Truitt Covert.

 

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