Church hosts recital
by Seattle organist
Seattle organist and radio host Roger Sherman will play a free recital at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, 3925 Hilyard St., at 5 p.m. today.
Sherman is the associate organist of St. Mark's Cathedral in Seattle and executive director of the Westfield Center for Early Keyboard Studies.
He also is host of "The Organ Loft," a radio program about choral and organ music that is broadcast throughout the Northwest and heard in Eugene on KWAX 91.1 FM. And he is president of Loft Recordings, which publishes CDs under the Loft, Gothic and ReZound labels.
Sherman specializes in the works of J.S. Bach, and today's program will include an alternative version of Bach's ``Clavierubung III'' by Bach, along with some Advent and Christmas music.
Lord Leebrick to host
Leon Johnson, John Schmor and Cameron Carlisle from the Creative Material Group will hold the premiere reading of their forthcoming intermedia theater production, "Blue Hammer" at 7 p.m. Monday at Lord Leebrick Theater, 540 Charnelton St.
Tickets are $75 and include wine and appetizers before the show. Call 465-1506.
Creative Material Group is a nonprofit arts collective and describes itself as ``a convergence of artists ... from all disciplines creating and promoting an expansive range of cultural engagements.''
UO museum plans
The University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History will hold a family-based winter solstice celebration Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Children can have their faces painted and make solstice masks, sun catchers and snowflakes.
Eugene photographer John Flinn will give a slide show featuring photographs of aurora borealis and other celestial imagery.
Activities and performances will take place at the museum, 1680 E. 15th Ave., and at the nearby University of Oregon Many Nations Longhouse, 1630 Columbia St.
A lighted path will lead from the museum to the longhouse, for 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. performances by Asian fan dancers and Eugene storyteller Paulette Ansari, who will share African and African-American stories and folktales.
Admission is $3 per person and $5 for families (two adults and up to four youths).
Chorus to put on
noon-hour Hult show
The Sharps and Flats, a 40-member chorus from the Willamalane Adult Activity Center, will sing a free concert at 12:15 p.m. Thursday in the lobby of the Hult Center, Seventh Avenue and Willamette Street.
The group, directed by Annadon Sage, has performed for 21 years in residence center and retirement homes, as well as for other community groups. Its program will include holiday music and will end with a sing-along.
The performance is sponsored by SHO, the Support Hultcenter Operations organization. Audience members may bring lunches to the lobby. Beverages and light snacks will be available for purchase.
Children's choirs plan
holiday concerts today
The Oregon Children's Choir will present its 24th annual Holiday Concert at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. today in Beall Concert Hall at the University of Oregon School of Music, 961 E. 18th Ave.
In the matinee concert, three elementary-aged choirs will perform songs celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza. The concert features the Junior Boychoir (ages 7 to 12), directed by Tama Rowan; the Junior Girlchoir (ages 9 to 11), conducted by Randall Moore; a marimba band arranged in a Zimbabwean style by Walt Hampton; and the Prelude Choir (for girls in grades two and three), conducted by Suzanne Light.
The evening show will feature four choirs made up of middle school and high school students: the Young Men's Ensemble, directed by Jason Caffarella, the a cappella ensemble The Classics; the middle school Boychoir, conducted by Christopher Dobson; the high school Young Women's Choir, led by Paul Westlund; and the middle school Girlchoir, directed by Jennifer Searl.
Tickets, $10 to $12, are available at the door one hour before the shows. One ticket is good for both concerts.
Cascade Chorus holds Christmas show
The Cascade Chorus presents its annual `Cascade Community Christmas Celebration' at 2:30 p.m. today at South Eugene High School Auditorium, 400 E. 19th Ave.
The concert will also feature the Sheldon High School Varsity Choir, Willamette High School Topnotchers Choir, Cottage Grove High School Choir and a brass quartet, and the After Five quartet from the Cascade Chorus.
Tickets are $10 and $12 for reserved seating. Call 729-4630.
Motet Singers perform this afternoon
The Motet Singers, a women's a cappella ensemble of 11 singers based in Eugene, presents a Christmas concert titled ``Lux - Winter Lights,'' at 4:30 p.m. today, at Ebbert Memorial United Methodist Church, 532 C Street, Springfield.
The program features choral music from around the world evoking the light, mystery and beauty of the season. Guitarist Peter Thomas will provide accompaniment.
The program includes a medieval chant with a candlelight processional, the contemporary classic "O Magnum Mysterium" by Morton Lauridsen and renaissance motets. The concert ends with a short audience sing-along.
Admission is $7 at the door, $5 for seniors. Children are admitted free.