Jazz at the PAC: A Benefit for the Performing Arts Center Featuring the North Coast Big Band
On Sunday, April 6th, the North Coast Big Band will present a fantastic jazz concert at 2 P.M. to benefit the Performing Arts Center at 16th and Franklin. Admission will be $10.00. Band leader Lee Stromquist says, " This is a concert where everyone will hear familiar enjoyable easy listening music of the past, through the music of today, including many new updated arrangements".
Action packed features include guitarist David Drury performing "All The Things You Are" by Jerome Kern, jazz saxophonist Peter Hinsbeeck performing "Someone To Watch Over Me" by Gershwin and arranged by Oregon's own jazz composer and arranger Charlie Gray. Dee Wooley from Clatskanie will perform Neil Sedaka's "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" on alto saxophone and vocalist Jeanne Bellinger will sing “What Kind Of Fool Am I” along with several other selections. Seaside High School’s band teacher and trumpet player Terry Dahlgren will perform the blues on "Black & Blue". Several of the tunes to be performed have been arranged by North Coast composer and arranger David Robertson, including "Girl Talk” and “Learning the Blues.” Other soloists performing throughout the concert include Bill Painter, Cory Pederson, Bill Sutton, Todd Pederson, Ken Kirby on Neal Hefti's "Cute," and Astoria's own local treasure jazz trombonist, Bob Joiner.
The North Coast Big Band was formed nearly forty years ago by the late Dennis Thiel and Dr. John Banholzer. Proceeds from the jazz concert will benefit the CCC Performing Arts Center so local groups such as the North Coast Big Band can continue to rehearse and perform there.
Spring Student Guitar Recital & Concert with Dave Drury
Partners for the PAC is proud to present this year’s Spring Student Guitar Recital and Concert, Saturday, March 15, 2014, 7:00pm, at the CCC Performing Arts Center (PAC), 16th and Franklin in Astoria, to showcase the talents of students studying guitar with noted musician David Drury.
The evening will also include music by outstanding local musicians who are donating their time and talent to illustrate the importance of the Performing Arts Center as a cultural venue. There will be solo and ensemble music featuring David Drury, Janet Bowler, Todd Pederson, Ken Kirby and others.
David Drury began playing professionally in the early 1960’s. Upon graduation from Phoenix College he attended Arizona State University as music major. He has performed in much of the U.S., including engagements at major night clubs, concert halls and resorts in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Denver, and Portland. His credentials also include recordings with a number of bands and artists in Phoenix, Tucson, Los Angeles, and Portland.
Other notable performances include concerts with the Phoenix Symphony, one under the direction of David Rose another with Percy Faith conducting.
In 1969, he and the group he worked with contracted with R.C.A. Records and moved to L.A. where they recorded a nationally released album entitled “Myrth,” which contained 10 original songs. The single, “Gotta Find A Way” was listed in Billboard Magazine’s poll. Following an additional period of performing and writing, Drury recorded another album of original material in 1975 at Lee Furr’s Studio in Tucson, Arizona.
Currently he divides his time between performing, writing and recording music, and is in his 23nd year offering private instruction in guitar at Clatsop Community College.
Suggested donation: $10 per person, children under 12 free.
Music at the PAC for the PAC by Ensemble Columbiana
Partners for the PAC and the North Oregon Coast Symphony presents “Music at the PAC for the PAC” by Ensemble Columbiana; a return performance for the PAC by Marten King on Clarinet, Elizabeth Goy on Cello, Michael Liu on Piano, and Rebecca Fromherz vocalist.
Don't miss this exciting program to benefit the college Performing Arts Center on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the CCC Performing Arts Center 16th and Franklin in Astoria. Admission $12.00, with children 12 and under admitted free with an adult.
Soprano vocalist Rebecca Fromherz is the 2008 recipient of the Lillian and Paul Petri Foreign Music Study Award from the Benton County Foundation, Oregon. Rebecca grew up in Dallas, Oregon, and started her west coast performance career by winning the ‘Young Artists Live’ competition in Portland in 1996, and the chance to sing at Schnitzer Concert Hall as a seventeen year old. In the same year she was also honored to attend the San Francisco Girls Chorus Opera Training Program, after which she obtained a B.A. in Vocal Performance from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and was honored as ‘Outstanding Vocal Student’. Rebecca then moved to Vienna, Austria, where she has lived for much of the last twelve years. Her teachers there have included Kammersängerinnen Christa Ludwig and Hilde Zadek, and Professor Konrad Leitner at the University of Vienna. Her European Professional Resume lists appearances at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, and outdoor opera festivals in Holland, Germany, Italy, Austria, and Slovakia.
Dr. Elizabeth (Betsy) Goy, cello, is a clinical geropsychologist at the Portland VA Medical Center, a VA Health Services Research and Development Career Development Awardee, and core researcher with the PVAMC Columbia Center for the Study of Chronic, Comorbid Mental and Physical Disorders. Dr. Goy is currently the Director of the VA Postdoctoral Fellowship in Palliative Care Psychology.
She studied cello with Roman Dukson (Portland/Oregon Symphony), Lowell Creitz (Pro Arte String Quartet), and Dmitri Markevitch (L’Institut des Hautes Etudes Musicales, Geneva, Switzerland). She is grateful to the Beaverton School District of better days, when music and orchestra were important formative parts of her regular school curriculum. She has played with symphony orchestras and chamber groups across the country and recorded with Patti Larkin, the New England Women’s Symphony, the original Bagels Forever radio jingle, and a glorious but microscopic period of airtime on MTV’s Head Banger’s Ball as a dead ghost cellist.
Dr. Michael Liu, piano, has been in the practice of family medicine for more than ten years, having worked in Minnesota, the island of Guam, and Vancouver, WA. He is a life-long supporter of the arts & has been the pianist for the Vancouver Symphony since 2003. He performs with several different chamber music groups but mainly focuses his musical abilities towards fundraising and community service events. He also enjoys cycling, ping-pong, martial arts, travel, and gourmet cooking. He enjoys being able to do full-spectrum family medicine & has a particular affinity for the care of children, sports medicine, and obstetrics, as well as the rigors and challenges of inpatient medicine. He particularly enjoys being able to mentor and participate in the training of medical students and family medicine residents.
Marten King, clarinet, spent most of his early years in Sutherlin, Oregon. He received a BA from Linfield College, studying with John McManus, & began graduate study at The New England Conservatory in Boston as a student of Felix Viscuglia of the Boston Symphony. He served in the US Army in NY City, where he studied privately with Leon Russianoff, & in Berlin, Germany where he was released from the US Army & remained to gain a MM in clarinet performance, studying with Karl Leister, then principal clarinetist of the Berlin Philharmonic. Marten then returned to the US to take up an MA program in music history at the University of Oregon, while playing with the Eugene Symphony Orchestra. He then auditioned for & was appointed to the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra in Canada and has also played with the Sunriver Festival Orchestra & the Astoria Music Festival. Marten has most recently been associated with Intel Corp in the metrology lab & performed with several community orchestras & bands in both the Portland area & on the north Oregon coast & has performed solos with both the North Oregon Coast Symphony & the North Coast Symphonic Band. He particularly enjoys chamber music.
Glorious Sound: The Estey Opus 1429 Organ at CCC
After many years of silence, the Estey Opus 1429 organ at the Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center (PAC), 588 16th Street, Astoria OR, will gloriously sound again. An inaugural concert for the newly repaired instrument entitled “Saints and Sinners” will be held Saturday, November 2 at 2pm. Tickets are on sale through www.brownpapertickets.com for $25 with a small processing charge. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door on November 2 beginning at 1pm. Proceeds from this benefit concert will be shared by the Save the PAC Fund and the Clatsop Community College Foundation Scholarship Fund.
The concert features three visiting organists. Jason Neumann-Grable has been working on repair of the organ since last December. He will briefly describe his process and give a short demonstration of the organ’s restored capacity. Neumann-Grable completed his degree in music at the University of Oregon with a minor in Organ Performance. He worked with the Rodgers Organ Company for 12 years as Tonal Director, and has served as a church organist for 48 years. He has worked on organs in Carnegie Hall, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan and Italy as well as many instruments throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Neumann-Grable’s presentation will be followed by a recital by Christopher Wicks, composer and organist. Wicks is a Fellow of the American Guild of Organists and holds an M.Mus. in Composition from the University of Montreal and an M.Mus. in Organ from the University of Oregon. He is the organist and choir accompanist at Christ the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Salem, OR. His compositions have been performed throughout North America, in Korea and in many European countries.
The afternoon program will close with a recital by Paul Tegels. Tegels is Associate Professor of Music at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. He received his Musical Arts Degree in Organ Performance and Pedagogy and his Master of Arts Degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Iowa. He is active in the American Guild of Organists and has performed in the U.S. Europe, Japan and New Zealand.
Repair of the Estey Opus 1429 organ was made possible through donations from the Bloomfield Family Foundation, the John C. and Janet A. Nybakke Memorial Fund of the Lutheran Community Foundation, the Clatsop Community College Foundation, the North Coast Chorale and numerous individual donors.
Denise Reed, Director of the North Coast Chorale who spearheaded the repair effort says, “The Mighty Estey is not dead, only sleeping. Witness an historic awakening, connecting Astoria's past, present, and future of endless possibilities.”
Please direct inquiries to: Patricia Warren, 503-338-2306; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Partners for the PAC Community Forum
Partners for the PAC will hold a public meeting Wed. June 26, at 6:30 pm (with refreshments at 6:00) at Columbia Memorial Hospital Community Center in the Coho Room on the second floor of the Duncan Law Building at 2021 Marine Drive. The purpose of the meeting is to hear feedback from Kathi Jaworski who facilitated a public meeting in March to plan for the future of the Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center and how to maintain the PAC as a community asset.
This visioning process has been funded by a technical assistance grant from the Ford Family Foundation and local donors. Kathi Jaworski of Write to Know Consulting will share information she has gathered since the March meeting including information about similar programs and how they are operated. The group will also review its strategic focus of preserving the PAC building as a venue for community based arts and performances well as developing a sustainable structure and business plan.
Jazz at the PAC Features The North Coast Big Band
On Sunday April 28th, at 2:00, the North Coast Big Band will present a jazz concert to benefit the Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center at 18th and Franklin in Astoria. Admission will be $10.00. This program features show tunes from the "Tonight Show" and memorable television theme songs. In addition there will be traditional big band jazz, stretching from "Dixieland" through the music of the present. Composers include Richard Rogers, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Count Basie, and the band's own arranger, Dave Robertson.
Highlights include David Drury, the band's well known guitar player, featured on a bluesy arrangement of "Willow Weep For Me". Drummer Ken Kirby, will be featured on Neal Hefti's "Cute". Other featured soloists include Bryce Peltier, Terry Dahlgren, Bob Joiner, Cory Pederson, Dee Wooley, Mike Evans, Todd Pederson, vocalist Jeanne Bellinger, and Bill Painter. Our own NCBB Dixieland Band will be featured on "12th Street Rag".
The North Coast Big Band was formed over thirty-five years ago by its first leader Dennis Thiel and Dr. John Banholzer. The band's current leader is Lee Stromquist who says "This year's band is the best it has ever been and our concert on the April 28th will be fantastic."
All proceeds from the April 28th North Coast Big Band concert will go to the "Save The PAC" fund” at the Clatsop Community College Foundation.
Spring Student Guitar Recital & Concert
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Clatsop Community College is proud to present this year’s Spring Student Guitar Recital and Concert to showcase the talents of students studying guitar with noted musician David Drury, Saturday, March 16, 2013, 7:00pm at the Performing Arts Center (PAC), 16th and Franklin in Astoria. The event will benefit the PAC. Participating students are: Liz Hylton, Evan Janac, Thomas Stewart, John Snyder, and Komi Siekro.
The evening will also include a concert by outstanding local musicians who are donating their time and talent to illustrate the importance of the Performing Arts Center as a cultural venue for the college and the community. David Drury will be performing, both solo and with Basin Street NW, the trio that also features pianist Chuck Wilder and bassist Todd Pederson. Basin Street NW is a refined, cosmopolitan-style trio, performing mainstream jazz classics with taste intelligence and heart. Recently returning to the U.S. after extensive guitar studies in Spain, classical guitarist, Ryan Walsh will also perform. Ryan is a remarkably sensitive musician, and a former CCC guitar student and alumnus. Vocalist Louise Goyena, soprano and member of the North Coast Chorale will sing a Villa Lobos Aria.
Columbia Coffee Roaster will provide beverages.
Suggested donation at the door: $10 per person, children 12 and under free.
Clatsop Community College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. ADA accessible: for other accommodations call 503-338-2474; TDD 503-338-2468 at least 24 hours in advance of the event.
February 7-9 and 15-17
7:30 pm, except 2 pm on the 17th
Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center
16th & Franklin, Astoria
$15 – adults, $10 – students and seniors
Partners for the PAC presents Hitchin’, a musical play written by Ned Heavenrich, with music composed by Heavenrich, Robert Stevens and Dan Sutherland of the Brownsmead Flats.
Performed to sellout crowds at the PAC in 1997 and again in 1999, Hitchin’ tells the story of a middle-aged man confronted with his rebellious teenage son and his past in what Heavenrich described as a “partially autobiographical tale about coming of age and letting go, a result of a mid-life crisis brought on by my dad’s death in ‘88.” In 2004, Hitchin’ was revived at the River Theater.
Walter Newman is a clothing store owner and workaholic whose 20-year-old son, Matt, is getting ready to leave the house to “find his own path.” Walter finds his journal from his days on the road, and the journal’s entries come to life on the stage. Walt (as he was known then) meets Lulu, a fellow hitchhiker who knocks his socks off and heads on down the road; Mary and James Erickson, a farm couple whose oldest son was killed in the Vietnam war, and whose other sons are now estranged, with the marriage suffering; Howie, a hippie gypsy and former Peace Corps volunteer who keeps a load of pot in his Deadhead VW van; Jack, a draftee at an air force base in North Dakota who’s not especially eager to go to Vietnam; Edna (named for Edna Packard, who played the original role as Ethel), an older widow who invites Walt to her house in the middle of nowhere to reminisce on her life; Marian, Georgia and Debbie, three lesbians on a camping trip; and Sylvester, a bat-swinging hitcher who’s headed “towards his destination.” The play ends with Matt leaving, Walter still leery and the cast singing Isn’t It Exciting!
“I would say that half the characters in the play I met on the road and half are composite characters from my life and other people’s experiences,” Heavenrich explained.
The orchestra for the musical is the Browsmead Flats, who will be joined by Janet Bowler, a flutist with the North Coast Symphonic Band and other musical groups in the area. Directed by Jayne Osborn, with musical direction by Allison Wilski, stage direction by Amy Coughlin, set design by Craig Shepherd, manager of the Coaster Theatre in Cannon Beach, set construction managed by John Fenton of the Brownsmead Flats, sound and lighting by Josef Gault, former manager of the PAC, costume design by Lenna Smith, and choreography by Marco Davis, who played Jack in the original production of Hitchin’.
The cast includes: Jordan Okoniewski, Sandi Hilton, Bob Goldberg, Stephen Shannon, Sara Drage, Destiny Lish, Lenny Noller, ChrisLynn Taylor, Eddie Knick, Luke Hanflin, Lori Honl, Stephanie Rowe, Bree Heavenrich, Amy Coughlin, Jonathan Osborne, Dave Bergquist, Daric Moore, and Emily Honl.
The Partners’ production of Hitchin’ is made possible by a generous grant from the Clatsop County Cultural Coalition and the Oregon Cultural Trust.
Donations are tax deductible. Mail donations to:
Support the PAC Fund
c/o Clatsop Community College Foundation
1651 Lexington Avenue
Astoria OR 97103
Sunday, February 10
Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center
16th & Franklin, Astoria
After a year’s hiatus, “Romancing the PAC” is back. Since 2006, violin virtuoso and composer Kim Angelis, accompanied by accompanied by a variety of musicians, has performed a concert of “Gypsy Romance” music the Sunday afternoon before Valentine’s Day. Proceeds from the concerts have benefited the Clatsop Community College Foundation, the Arts & Ideas Program, and the Performing Arts Center (PAC). This year’s show will be part of an effort by Partners for the PAC to raise funds to support the Performing Arts Center.
Kim Angelis and the Ensemble Romanique will “Romance the PAC” at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 10. The Astoria-based violinist has successfully transcended artistic boundaries – the music is built on a solid classical foundation, but the inspiration flows freely from the Romani Diaspora of Eastern Europe, Russia, and Spain. Angelis’ brilliant compositions showcase the beauty, power, and excitement of her playing. Jean Bartlett, managing editor of Ink Notes, writes, “Angelis… literally sings each string like a gypsy poet. Through breathtaking cadenzas and tender passages … it is her own composed music which constantly brings the audience to their feet because it is of earth and yet not.” The passionate music of Kim Angelis has been featured on network TV, PBS, NPR, and during the 2000 Olympics, when world champion gymnast Kui Yuanyuan of China used Kim’s music for her floor exercise. For ten years, Angelis’ first CD, Violin Voyager, resided on the Taiwanese Billboard charts. Angelis is a two-time winner of the ASCAP PLUS Award.
At the February 10 event, gypsy-inspired guitarist Josef Gault will accompany Angelis. Gault, who is married to Angelis, is well-known for his ability to follow the violinist’s every nuance. Keyboardist Thomas Stuart will make a guest appearance. The set will also feature accomplished gypsy fusion dancer, Jessamyn Grace, and belly dancer Haddasah will make her PAC debut. Additional guest artists will be announced.
Bach and Rock Around the Clock
A 24-hour celebration to raise funds to support the CCC Performing Arts Center for affordable performance space for all community user groups.
Starting 7 PM, Friday, November 2
and continuing through to 11 PM, Saturday, November 3
Friday, November 2:
7 PM – Shelley Loring, Lauren Brady, Alex Myers, Ronald Thompson, classical music, flute and piano (sponsored Astoria Music Festival)
8 PM - North Coast Chorale- classical and jazz (sponsored by Columbia Memorial Hospital)
9 PM - Equinox (jazz guitar, flute and bass), Dave Drury, Shelley Loring, Tod Peterson
10 PM– Basin Street NW (jazz guitar, piano, bass), Dave Drury, Chuck Wilder, Tod Peterson (Bridgewater Bistro)
11 PM – Blues with Thomasian Trio with Maggie Kitson (sponsored by Wadsworth Electric)
Saturday, November 3
12 AM - 8 - Late Night Movies with Mick Alderman
12:30 AM - Birddog, Mystery, 100 minutes, directed by Kelley Baker, Portland OR
2:30 AM - The Children of Terra Firma, Science Fiction, 80 minutes, dir. Jared Liebenau, Eugene OR
4:00 AM - Alan Bean, Artist, Explorer, Moonwalker, Documentary, 24 minutes, dir. Mick Alderman
4:30 AM - The Making of a Cult: The Unauthorized Story of the Goonies, Documentary, 24 minutes, dir. Ron Fugelseth, Santa Cruz
5:00 AM - James Versus Reality, Comedy/Action, 23 minutes, dir. Chris Wilson & Tim Feeny
6:00 AM - Somewhere Else, Drama/Thriller, 93 minutes, dir. Mick Alderman
8 - 9:30 AM – Tai Chi and Yoga with Angela Sidlo (anonymous)
9:30 - 11 AM – Dave Ambrose and friends, folk and Rock covers
11 AM - Ron Rogers, country and blues (sponsored by Kate Giese)
12 PM – Jennifer Goodenberger, classical piano (sponsored by Toni’s Boutique)
1 PM – Marten King, classical clarinet trio (sponsored by Friends of North Oregon Coast Symphony and Maddox Dance Studio)
2 PM– Kim Angelis and Josef Galt, Gypsy world music with belly dancers
3 PM – Walter Trumbull, Abraham Lincoln enactment (sponsored by Pamela Alegria)
4 PM – Brownsmead Flats, NW Folk
5 PM – Niall Carroll, folk and rock
6 PM – Acustica, World Music quartet (sponsored by Ann Lederer)
7 PM – North Coast Big Band, big band jazz standards (sponsored by North Coast Symphonic Band)
8 PM – Dave Drury, jazz guitar (Cary & Dorothy Lewis)
9 PM – Jazz jam with special guests
In kind support by KMUN.
Coffee Friday evening and Saturday sponsored by Columbia River Coffee Roasters
Donations are tax deductible. Mail donations to:
Support the PAC Fund
c/o Clatsop Community College Foundation
1651 Lexington Avenue
Astoria OR 97103
Sponsors (see above for specific groups sponsored):
Angela Sidlo and Students
Astoria Music Festival
Bach and Rock Music
Columbia Memorial Hospital
Columbia River Coffee Roasters
North Coast Chorale
North Coast Symphonic Band
North Oregon Coast Symphony
Tillicum Foundation KMUN