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Stages about to get busy again.

Byline: Bob Keefer The Register-Guard

As the weather begins to cool, the performing arts scene heats up.

Violinist Itzhak Perlman returns to town this fall for a performance with the Eugene Symphony, which has also snagged this year's Van Cliburn Piano Competition winner for its opening night concert.

Eugene Ballet brings "Giselle" to the Hult Center and Eugene Opera reprises its vocal competition from last February, before opening with "Barber of Seville" at year's end.

In theater, musical comedy is solidly in fashion. A singing cowboy Christmas musical leads off for Willamette Repertory Theatre; "Urinetown the Musical" leads off for Actors Cabaret of Eugene; and "Assassins" kicks off the season for Lord Leebrick Theatre.

Here is a look at the fall performing arts season in detail:


Eugene Symphony kicks off its season with a piano concert by the Cliburn winner. Alexander Kobrin plays piano, and Giancarlo Guerrero conducts in the season opener Sept. 22. The program includes Claude Debussy's "Prelude to an Afternoon of a Faun," Sergei Rachmaninov's "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini" and Modest Mussorgsky and Maurice Ravel's "Pictures at an Exhibition."

Perlman and his violin join the symphony for an operatic program Oct. 17 that includes the overture from Gioacchino Rossini's "Barber of Seville," selections from Georges Bizet's "Carmen," and a violin concerto by Ludwig van Beethoven.

The symphony comes back with Gustav Holst's "The Planets" on Oct. 20 and P.I. Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 1, "Winter Dreams," on Nov. 17, with guest conductor and pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn.

Eugene Opera opens its season with what it calls the "second annual" - actually, they're doing it for the second time this year - Belle Voci National Competition and Concert, bringing emerging talent to Eugene for an operatic sing-off.

The fun begins Friday Oct. 21 at the University of Oregon's Beall Concert Hall, with morning and evening performances for 25 semi-finalists. Then, 10 finalists go to the Hult Center on Sunday Oct. 23 for the final shot at $10,500 in prize money.

Actual opera by the Eugene Opera kicks off Dec. 30 and 31 with "Barber of Seville."

Eugene Concert Choir performs F.J. Hayden's "Lord Nelson Mass" and Antonio Vivaldi's "Gloria" on Oct. 29 and 30.

Oregon Mozart Players, who will celebrate their namesake's 250th birthday with a Hult Center blowout in January, start off the season with pianist Lisa Leonard and trumpeter Mark Reese in a concert of music by Dmitry Shostakovich on Oct. 1 and 2; on Nov. 5 and 6 the players play "Music About Music," with cellist Ronald Leonard and a program of Ravel, Tchaikovsky and W.A. Mozart.

The University of Oregon School of Music has a steady stream of performances and concerts through the fall. Highlights include the Mozart Piano Quartet on Oct. 6; saxophonist Otis Murphy and pianist Haruko Murphy on Oct. 13; violinist Andrew Manze on Oct. 30; and pianist William Chapman Nyaho on Nov. 15.

The Shedd Institute is bringing a solid lineup to Eugene this fall. Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys go Cajun at the Shedd this Friday; trumpeter Dave Douglas plays music inspired by Fatty Arbuckle on Oct. 25; Alison Brown sings, with banjo, on Oct. 27; country/folk singer/songwriter Ian Tyson plays on Nov. 9; Eugene's Ken Peplowski and the Emerald City Jazz Kings jazz it up Nov. 11; and Iris DeMent sings on Dec. 2.

Jazz at Lincoln Center's Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra dance party, featuring Arturo O'Farrill and Paquito D'Rivera, takes place at the Cuthbert on Sept. 11. And "Sophisticated Ladies," a re-creation of the Duke Ellington big band sound hits the Hult stage on Sept. 18.


Willamette Repertory Theatre launches into its seventh season on Oct. 3 with "Ashland Salutes Willamette Rep," a benefit for its student program; the $100-a-seat evening features actors from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Willamette Rep's regular season begins Nov. 23, with "Chaps! A Jingle Jangle Musical."

Lord Leebrick Theatre Company opens "Assassins," a musical comedy. on Sept. 23; and continues in a comic vein with "Fully Committed" on Nov. 11.

"Urinetown the Musical" opens Friday at Actors Cabaret of Eugene; ACE comes back with "The Rocky Horror Show" on Oct. 21. The ACE Youth Academy opens "Cinderella" on Sept. 24.

Very Little Theatre kicks off its new season with "Lend Me a Tenor," a farce by Ken Ludwig, on Oct. 21.

A traveling production of "The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial," based on the 1925 Scopes trial, comes to the Hult Center on Oct. 25; the cast includes Ed Asner, Marsha Mason and James Cromwell.

University Theatre at the UO stages Neil Simon's "Rumors" beginning Nov. 11; UO's Second Season kicks off with "A Piece of My Heart," Oct. 26.

At Lane Community College, "Noises Off" opens on Sept. 16.

Cottage Theatre in Cottage Grove opens "Sugar," a musical adaptation of "Some Like It Hot," on Oct. 7; "A ... My Name is Alice" opens Dec. 2.


Eugene Ballet stages a full-length production of "Giselle" in October.

The Agnieszka Laska Dancers come to the WOW Hall for two back-to-back shows with live music by Tessa Brinkman's East West Continuo on Oct. 26.

LCC's Fall Collage Faculty Dance Concert is on Oct. 28 and 29; among the dancers will be Dance Theatre of Oregon.


"The Stinky Cheese Man," a touring performance by Dallas Children's Theatre, arrives on Oct. 29.


Actors Cabaret of Eugene performs "A Christmas Carol" on Nov. 11.

Eugene Concert Choir puts on "An Old-Fashioned Christmas - With a Splash of Salsa," with performances by Dance Theatre of Oregon, on Dec. 4.

The Oregon Mozart Players do a "Candlelight Concert: Baroque for the Holidays" on Dec. 12 and 13.

Eugene Ballet brings ``Nutcracker'' to the Hult Dec. 16-18.

Giancarlo Guerrero conducts the Eugene Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in Handel's "Messiah" on Dec. 10. And the symphony's "Yuletide Celebration," complete with tap-dancing Santas, lightens up the Hult on Dec. 22.


FALL ARTS PREVIEW Eugene Ballet's fall performance will be ``Giselle,'' a classic romantic ballet about a courtship between a peasant woman and a nobleman. The Eugene performances will be Oct. 8 and Oct. 9.
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Date:Sep 4, 2005
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