Rosemary Anderson High School Celebrates Most Successful Gala to Date

Rosemary Anderson High School Celebrates Most Successful Gala to Date

Portland, OR. The 11th annual Rosemary Anderson High School (RAHS) Gala drew 325 supporters and raised $265,000 to fund education and mental health services for RAHS youth – making this the largest and most successful Gala to date for the nonprofit. Joe McFerrin II, RAHS President & CEO, posed for a photo with award winners John Shreiber and Summy To of Myoptic Optometry.

RAHS Board Member and Emcee Tanasia Bishop addresses the audience at the November 1st gala at Pure Space.

RAHS is part of Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc., a non-profit education management organization, established for 42 years in North Portland, serving over 560 students and work trainees annually, across three programs: Rosemary Anderson High School, Rosemary Anderson Transitions, and Work Opportunities Training. Here’s a video about the program:

Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc., reconnect alienated at-risk youth affected by poverty, family instability and homelessness; with high school education through Rosemary Anderson High School (RAHS), and with career training through POIC Work Opportunity Training programs (WOT). The program continues to mentor and support graduates in post-secondary education until they reach the age of stable maturity at 25, through Rosemary Anderson Transitions program (RATR).

RAHS President & CEO Joe Mcferrin II explains the importance of the programs at the gala.

RAHS Board Members Kristin Valente and Sally Leisure are honored at the event.

Attendees celebrate on the dance floor.

From RAHS:

We would like to give a special thank you to our major sponsors: EY and The Renaissance Foundation; Cheryl’s on 12th & As Good As It Gets Catering for providing a wonderful meal; and to all of our outstanding table sponsors. Thank you as well to Stark Photography and Shields Films; Marjorie Belson & Mel Shulevitz, our Honorary Gala Co-Chairs; Brigitte Dortmund Ting & Marjorie Belson, our Auction Co-Chairs; Tanasia Bishop for emceeing our evening’s program; and to Rosie and Malik for bringing our video to life and sharing what RAHS means to them.

Oregon Symphony Awaiting Grammy Awards Honoring Music for a Time of War

Oregon Symphony Awaiting Grammy Awards Honoring Music for a Time of War

Portland, February 6th, 2013. The GRAMMYs are almost here and The Oregon Symphony was nominated for two Awards – Best Orchestral Performance and Best Engineered Album – for its 2011 recording of “Music for a Time of War.” The CD was recorded live during the May 2011 performance at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. The GRAMMY Awards will be officially announced on February 10th. These are photos of the release party October 30th, 2011. Raising flutes of champagne, supporters crowded The Nines Hotel to celebrate the release of Music for a Time of War.

Pam Erickson and Terrence R. Pancoast, President of the Board of Directors

Pam Erickson and Terrence R. Pancoast, President of the Board of Directors

Immediately following its  release, the CD hit the classical Billboard charts and amassed an international  collection of positive reviews, including being named among the year’s best  classical recordings by The New Yorker’s Alex Ross. The nomination for Best  Orchestral Performance was shared with recordings from the San Francisco Symphony,  the London Symphony Orchestra, the Budapest Festival Orchestra and the  Minnesota Orchestra.

Last month the Symphony  released its second CD under the musical direction of Carlos Kalmar—“This  England”—also on the PentaTone label, featuring works by Elgar, Vaughan  Williams and Britten.

Jerry Giesy, Bill Bennett, Elaine Calder, Barbara Giesy and Laura Fay

Jerry Giesy, Bill Bennett, Elaine Calder, Barbara Giesy and Laura Fay

Neil DePonte, Principal Percussion and Jonathan Greeney, Principal Timpani

Neil DePonte, Principal Percussion and Jonathan Greeney, Principal Timpani

Christa Wessel and Robert McBride, from KQAC, All Classical 89.9 FM, the 24-hour classical music station in Portland

Christa Wessel and Robert McBride, from KQAC, All Classical 89.9 FM, the 24-hour classical music station in Portland

The Oregon Symphony orchestra recorded the CD here, then went on to perform it live, to triumphant reviews, at New York’s legendary Carnegie Hall last May.

From September through May each year, the Oregon Symphony presents a full range of concerts – in Portland, Salem and elsewhere.

From September through May each year, the Oregon Symphony presents a full range of concerts – in Portland, Salem and elsewhere.

 

Ginny Wheeler and Alix Goodman

Ginny Wheeler and Alix Goodman

Peter Frajola, Associate Concertmaster, Nancy Weyler and Walter Weyler, Board of Directors Vice Chair

Peter Frajola, Associate Concertmaster, Nancy Weyler and Walter Weyler, Board of Directors Vice Chair

Ken Marks and Laura Fay

Ken Marks and Laura Fay

It’s the first recording of the Oregon Symphony under Music Director, Carlos Kalmar. Kalmar is in his ninth season with the orchestra. The Music for a Time of War is available at Amazon. On the site, you can also listen to a sample of the Oregon Symphony Orchestra.

Works by composers: Ives, Adams, Britten, and Vaughan Williams.

Works by composers: Ives, Adams, Britten, and Vaughan Williams.

Garnering two nominations is something of a first. In 2003, Principal Percussionist Niel DePonte was nominated for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance with an Orchestra, for his exceptional performance of Tomas Svoboda’s Percussion Concerto.

The album, released on the  PentaTone label, includes Ives’ “Unanswered Question,” Adams’ “The Wound-Dresser,”  Britten’s “Sinfonia da Requiem,” and Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No. 4.  It was recorded in hybrid multichannel Super  Audio CD format live in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in May, 2011 by  Boston-based Soundmirror.  CD recording  was engineered by Jesse Lewis and John Newton, with master engineer Jesse  Brayman.

The CD was also included  in the Grammy nomination of Blanton Alspaugh for Producer of the Year,  Classical.

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
Oregon Shakespeare Festival Opens with a Bang

Oregon Shakespeare Festival Opens with a Bang

Ashland, February 24th.  The Tony Award–winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival is off and running; watch out for flying pies because Animal Crackers is one of the eleven productions this season. It’s the 1930s vaudevillian musical farce made famous by the Marx Brothers. (Photo credit, Jenny Graham)

John Parker (Eddie Lopez) and Mary Stewart (Laura Griffith) sing and dance their love for each other as Captain Spaulding (Mark Bedard) and Ravelli (John Tufts) prepare to join in. Photo: Jenny Graham.

John Parker (Eddie Lopez) and Mary Stewart (Laura Griffith) sing and dance their love for each other as Captain Spaulding (Mark Bedard) and Ravelli (John Tufts) prepare to join in. Photo: Jenny Graham.

Captain Spaulding (Mark Bedard), Ravelli (John Tufts), Jamison (Eddie Lopez) and The Professor (Brent Hinkley) serenade themselves and Mrs. Rittenhouse (K.T. Vogt). Photo: Jenny Graham.

Captain Spaulding (Mark Bedard), Ravelli (John Tufts), Jamison (Eddie Lopez) and The Professor (Brent Hinkley) serenade themselves and Mrs. Rittenhouse (K.T. Vogt). Photo: Jenny Graham.

“This season celebrates the adventurous spirit of our company and our audience,” explained Artistic Director Bill Rauch. “I can’t wait to share these productions. They are a delicious blend of old and new, tragedy and comedy, and the vastly divergent settings will transport audiences around the globe.”  

 The timeless tragedy of Romeo and Juliet comes once again to OSF’s stage, this time in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.

Romeo's (Daniel José Molina) heartache for Rosaline is forgotten as soon as he sees Juliet (Alejandra Escalante) at the Capulet party. Photo: Jenny Graham.

Romeo's (Daniel José Molina) heartache for Rosaline is forgotten as soon as he sees Juliet (Alejandra Escalante) at the Capulet party. Photo: Jenny Graham.

Director Laird Williamson has set the star-crossed lovers and their feuding families in the late 1840s Alta California—a period of California history rich with the culture of the Spanish-speaking Californios.

Romeo (Daniel José Molina) and Tybalt (Fajer Al-Kaisi) fight for the honor of their families as Benvolio (Kevin Fugaro) watches over the fallen Mercutio (Jason Rojas). Photo: Jenny Graham.

Romeo (Daniel José Molina) and Tybalt (Fajer Al-Kaisi) fight for the honor of their families as Benvolio (Kevin Fugaro) watches over the fallen Mercutio (Jason Rojas).

 

Doña Capulet (Vilma Silva) explains to Juliet (Alejandra Escalante) that Don Capulet hopes to marry her to Captain Paris. Photo: Jenny Graham.

Doña Capulet (Vilma Silva) explains to Juliet (Alejandra Escalante) that Don Capulet hopes to marry her to Captain Paris. Photo: Jenny Graham.

The White Snake, a new work adapted from a Chinese fable, will have its world premier in Ashland. In this beloved Chinese legend, a snake spirit disguised as a beautiful woman falls in love with a young scholar. The production is staged by Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman

Green Snake captures the attention of White Snake (Amy Kim Waschke) and the customers in the pharmacy. Photo: Jenny Graham.

Green Snake captures the attention of White Snake (Amy Kim Waschke) and the customers in the pharmacy. Photo: Jenny Graham.

 

White Snake (Amy Kim Waschke) reveals her fears about Xu Xian (Christopher Livingston) to Green Snake (Tanya McBride). Photo: Jenny Graham.

White Snake (Amy Kim Waschke) reveals her fears about Xu Xian (Christopher Livingston) to Green Snake (Tanya McBride). Photo: Jenny Graham.

 

Green Snake (Tanya McBride) and White Snake (Amy Kim Waschke) ride the clouds to the earth below. Photo: Jenny Graham.

Green Snake (Tanya McBride) and White Snake (Amy Kim Waschke) ride the clouds to the earth below. Photo: Jenny Graham.

OSF’s 2012 season runs through November 4th, offering 790 performances of 11 productions. The season is sponsored by U.S. Bank.

From Oregon Shakespeare Festival:

Founded in 1935, the Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) is among the oldest and largest professional non-profit theatres in the nation. Each year OSF presents an eight-and-a-half-month season of eleven plays in three theatres plus numerous ancillary activities, and undertakes an extensive theatre education program. Operating on a budget exceeding $26 million, OSF presents more than 780 performances annually with attendance of approximately 400,000.

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.
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