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Wildish Theater hosts Chamber Music Amici

SPRINGFIELD - Chamber Music Amici presents its fourth concert of the season at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Richard E. Wildish Community Theater, 630 Main St.

Former Amici musician Amy Goeser Kolb returns to Eugene to perform in the world premiere of Hal Owen's "The Amici Quintet."

Owen, the choirmaster at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Eugene, was a professor of composition at the University of Oregon from 1962 to 2001.

Owen has created hundreds of works for chorus, orchestra, solo instruments and chamber ensembles, both vocal and instrumental, as well as church anthems, organ music and trumpet descants.

"The Amici Quintet" was composed in 2010 for the original five Amici musicians, who include violinist Pilar Bradshaw, cellist Steven Pologe, violinist Sharon Schuman and pianist Victor Steinhardt.

For this performance, Steinhardt and Kolb will be joined by Amici violinist Holland Phillips and two guest musicians: violinist Fritz Gearhart and cellist Anne Ridlington.

Owen will give a free preview lecture at 6:45 p.m. in the theater.

Tickets are $20 to $25, or $5 for students with vouchers, available at 541-953-9204.

LCC presents eclectic dance concert

The Dance Program at Lane Community College presents "Collaborations Dance" 2013 today through Saturday at the Ragozzino Performance Hall, in Building 6 on the LCC main campus, 4000 E. 30th Ave.

Curtain for all three performances is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general admission or $8 for students and seniors, at and at the door.

"Collaborations" will feature the choreography of San Francisco Bay Area dance artist Melecio Estrella.

As a performer, Estrella has spent the last decade flying in unusual places with the aerial dance company Bandaloop. Concurrently, for the last eight years he has been a member of the Joe Goode Performance Group.

Also featured is Bonnie Simoa's original piece "Devi Slays the Leyak," her first composition in Balinese dance. The score for the piece was composed by Jeffery Allen.

Choreographer and LCC dance instructor Sarah Nemecek brings a costume piece to the stage, "sketches in a journal from a year I can't remember."

The work rekindles the dancers' experience of being in the moment of a memory, with emphasis placed on their sensations in performing movement.

The concert is rounded out by Margo VanUmmersen's "Formalities," set to the music of Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann; and two hip-hop pieces by Anita Sanford.

'Beowulf' told through shadow puppets

Gamelan Sari Pandhawa will present an evening of wayang kulit, the traditional shadow puppet theater of Indonesia, in a retelling of the Old English epic poem "Beowulf" this weekend.

The performance will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Eugene, 1685 W. 13th Ave.

Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $5 to $10.

"Beowulf: An Anglo-Saxon Wayang Kulit" features new music composed for gamelan, the traditional Indonesian percussion orchestra; songs in Old English and Scots Gaelic; a script in both old and modern English; and intricate, handcrafted shadow puppets from the Indonesian island of Java.

Music is provided by Gamelan Sari Pandhawa, a Eugene-based ensemble specializing in the traditional music of Indonesia.

Although it is a puppet show, some material may be unsuitable for young children.
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Feb 28, 2013
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