Partners for the PAC present a concert of Pergolesi’s "Stabat Mater"

With vocalists Jocelyn Claire Thomas, Rebecca Sacks and accompanist Evan C. Paul
Peace Lutheran Church (12 & Exchange Streets, Astoria)
May 2, 2015
3 pm
Admission $10

Rebecca & Jocelyn sang in the Cascadia Opera production of Beethoven’s Fidelio that was performed as a PAC benefit this past fall. They were inspired to do more to help maintain the PAC  and offered to sing the Pergolesi work as a benefit. They will both be part of the 2015 Astoria Music Festival.
Jocelyn ClaireJocelyn Claire Thomas, a versatile soprano praised for her haunting sound and musical intelligence, is a frequent performer in opera, concert, and recital. She is a two time winner of the district level of the Classical Singer Competition, and also recently won the National Association of Teachers of Singing Advanced Artist Competition district level. She is a two time recipient of the George Woodhead Prize in Voice (2009/2011) for excellence in Oratorio and sacred music. Ms. Thomas holds a Bachelors of Music in Voice from the Oberlin Conservatory, a Masters Degree in Voice from the Peabody Conservatory, and a Graduate Performance Diploma also from the Peabody Conservatory. Upcoming engagements include Soprano Soloist in Mendelssohn's Elijah, "Marzelline" and "Erste Dame" with the Astoria Music Festival, “Susanna” in Le Nozze di Figaro with FAVA Salzburg, and "Adele" with Opera Bend. Jocelyn currently resides in Portland, Oregon where she teaches voice, piano, flute, and yoga. She studies with Ruth Dobson.

Rebecca SacksMezzo soprano Rebecca Sacks is known for her dynamic stage presence, smart musicality,  and stylistic versatility. Ms. Sacks has performed with Stanford University's Chamber Chorale under Stephen Sano and University Singers under Robert Huw Morgan as well as with Sospiro Vocal Ensemble, Lyric Theatre of San Jose, Cascadia Concert Opera, and the University of Oregon Opera Ensemble. She recently was chosen as a Promising Young Artist of the 21st Century and travelled with a group of singers to Costa Rica where they gave several concerts throughout the country. Recently, Ms. Sacks won first place in the Northwest Region of the NATS competition and an encouragement award at the Oregon District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions. Ms. Sacks is a four year recipient of a performance scholarship at Stanford University and a member of the University of Oregon ensemble that won second place in the National Opera Association's collegiate scenes competition.  She received her Bachelor's degree in Music with departmental honors in Vocal Performance from Stanford University in 2010 and completed post-baccalaureate work at the University of Oregon in 2013. Rebecca is a member of the Portland Opera Chorus and currently studies with Ruth Dobson.

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736) was one of the most important early composers of comic opera. He also wrote sacred music; it is his Stabat Mater (1736)  which is his best-known sacred work. It was commissioned by a fraternal group who presented an annual Good Friday meditation  in honor of the Virgin Mary. Pergolesi's work replaced one composed by Alessandro Scarlatti only nine years before, but which was already perceived as "old-fashioned," so rapidly had public tastes changed.

Pergolesi's music can heard in the following films: Farinelli, Jésus de Montréal, Smilla's Sense of Snow, Amadeus, and The Mirror.


Partners for the PAC Hosts a “Girls Night Out”

Lookout ladies, it’s Partners for the PAC’s “Girls Night Out.” On Thursday, March 19, you’ll want to get your sweet selves over to the Performing Arts Center at 16th and Franklin in Astoria for an entertaining evening designed expressly with you in mind! A night of fashion and fun may be yours--just what’s needed with the kids home from school for spring break soon—for the price of a ticket ($10 at the door). Doors open at 7:00.

First, there’ll be a showing of the 1963 film classic, “Charade.” Then, you’ll sip bubbly and eat chocolate during intermission!  Be sure and get glamorous before you arrive too, as there’ll be prizes for “best ensemble” in the audience. So, dust off those tiaras, get out the evening gloves.  This will be your night to shine.

The Film
At 7:30 sharp, Charade will cast its spell on the big screen in sumptuous living color. “Charade is a classic cat-and-mouse, "Hitchcockian" romantic comedy and enigmatic thriller all-in-one from director Stanley Donen, known more for his musicals (Singing in the Rain, On The Town, etc.). The plot twisting, witty and suspenseful film is a sophisticated, yet off-balanced combination of thrills and comedy,” gushes one on-line writer at

A sixties gem—an early example of the spoofs and caper movies so popular during the decade—Charade stars the effervescent Audrey Hepburn. As widow Regina Lampert, Hepburn spends most of the movie looking for money her character’s late husband filched and romancing Cary Grant who, as Peter Joshua, is a distinctly suspicious character however devastatingly handsome he might be.

You’ll relish the delightful repartee in store—the sort of banter you’ve come to expect with this genre (think Hitchcock’s “The 39 Steps”). Hepburn’s character is clearly attracted to Grant’s mysterious hero but that doesn’t stop her from mocking him--for his gray hair, failing eyesight, and his famous chin cleft. “How do you shave in there,” she asks. About his general untrustworthiness, she sasses, “You won’t be able to lie on your back for a while,” she quips. “But then you can lie from any position can’t you?”  (

A cadre of miscreants remains on their trail throughout—looking for the money as well--played by popular actors George Kennedy (Cool Hand Luke and Airport), James Coburn (In Like Flint and The Magnificent Seven) and other familiar faces from the sixties. The redoubtable Walter Matthieu (The Odd Couple, Bad News Bears and Charley Varrick) has a small, but key role as a private investigator.
While not exactly fluffy, Charade is not to be taken too seriously plot wise. Instead, we’re meant to thrill to a star-driven, international adventure. The action moves from one gorgeous location to another—from a ski lodge in the Alps in Haute-Savoie France and the glittering streets of Paris at night, to an outdoor Punch and Judy puppet show in the Jardin’s des Champs Elysees and many other famous locations in the legendary City of Light. Sigh.

With all it had going for it, it’s no surprise then that Charade was a huge hit and a defining (role) for Hepburn, establishing her as the ideal heroine for high-spirited movies combining romance, comedy and suspense and, lest we forget, beautiful clothes.

Hepburn’s onscreen persona
It’s interesting that Grant (who was 59 at the time he made Charade) had concerns about the age difference with Hepburn (34) which made the required romantic interplay uncomfortable for him. The filmmakers simply reworked the screenplay so that she was the one pursuing him. Over her career, Hepburn was regularly paired with “older” co-stars. The lineup included Humphrey Bogart, Gary Cooper, Gregory Peck, Henry Fonda, William Holden, Burt Lancaster and Fred Astaire, reflecting how “the studio” saw and “marketed” her.
While she may have played the innocent or “ princess type” who looks to a paternalistic figure to save her from herself, Hepburn had her own ideas about her career, how she dressed and what style and class meant. She was the quintessential 1950s “gamine,” a French term for a slim, often boyish, elegant, wide-eyed young woman who is, or is perceived to be, mischievous, teasing or sexually appealing. (Wikipedia).

The Look
“Audrey was always more about fashion than movies or acting,” said Donen (and not as an insult). Her elfin features and waif-like figure inspired renown fashion designer Givenchy who’s credited with creating her style.” Hepburn readily acknowledged as much, “Givenchy gave me a look, a kind, a silhouette. He has always been the best and he stayed the best. Because he kept the spare style that I love. What is more beautiful than a simple sheath made an extraordinary way (with) a special fabric and just two earrings.”

Givenchy created Hepburn’s outfits for several of her films, remaining her friend and ambassador (and she his muse) throughout her life.  Experts affirmed that her longevity as a style-icon results from her sticking with a look that suited her: “clean lines, simple yet bold accessories, minimalist palette. At home, she preferred casual and comfortable clothes, though! Who’d have thought it?

In conclusion
Don’t miss this movie, if only for the clothes; the two leads and strong supporting cast; the locations; and, of course, the memorable music of composer Henry Mancini (words by Johnny Mercer) who took home the movie’s only Oscar for his wonderfully evocative score and haunting title song, “Charade”).  Besides, it’s all for a good cause. This event is at the PAC for the PAC, which means it’s being sponsored by Partners for the PAC to raise money for the continued operation of the facility as a venue for affordable public arts and educational offerings.  Talk about a win/win.

Partners for the PAC Celebrate World Organ Day Saturday March 21

Paul TegelsPaul Tegels of Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma will play the PAC’s historic Estey organ for ‘Bach to the Future’,  a concert presented by the Partners for the PAC, and held on the birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach!

The concert is Saturday March 21 at 2pm, and tickets are $25 at the door or at Brown Paper Tickets. The concert is a benefit for the historic CCC Performing Arts Center on 16th and Franklin in Astoria. It is the second of three organ concerts that are partially supported by grant from the city of Astoria Arts and Cultural Fund.

Joining Paul Tegels will be violinist Jonathan Galle who is currently concertmaster with the Tacoma Youth Symphony and is enrolled at Pierce College where he will complete high school as well as his associate of arts degree this spring. On the program are works by Buxtehude and Mendelssohn as well as Bach.

Tegels, a native of the Netherlands, is Associate Professor of Music, and serves as University Organist at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA.

He received his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Organ Performance and Pedagogy and his Master of Arts Degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Iowa, where he studied organ with Delores Bruch, and choral conducting with William Hatcher.

Other degrees and awards include the Artist Diploma and the Master of Music Degree in organ performance from the New England Conservatory in Boston where he studied with Yuko Hayashi and William Porter. He is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship from the Netherlands-America Commission for Educational Exchange.He holds the teaching and performance degrees from the Stedelijk Conservatorium in Arnhem, The Netherlands, where he studied organ with Bert Matter and harpsichord with Cees Rosenhart.

He is on the board of the Tacoma Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and is the past president of the Westfield Center, a national resource for the advancement of Keyboard Music.
 Prior to his appointment at PLU, he taught at Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS. Paul Tegels has performed extensively in solo and ensemble concerts in the United States, Europe, Japan, and New Zealand. He also performs frequently in duet concerts with organist Dana Robinson.

Jonathan GalleEven before he started violin at four years old, Jonathan Galle was in love with music. The story goes that he would take toy instruments and “teach” his non-musical parents how to hold and play them. When he finally started lessons, the cardboard instrument didn’t last more than a lesson because he wanted to play the real thing. Even then, his teacher soon told his parents they needed to take him to a violin shop to get a better instrument because the one he had wasn’t going to satisfy him long. It is there that he met the luthier who made the instrument he plays on today. Such has been the story of his life.  He has been blessed with incredible teachers throughout his life and is currently a student with Dr. Svend Ronning at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma.

Some of Jonathan’s favorite moments are when he is performing or just “jamming”. He has played in the Tacoma Youth Symphony for eight years, where he has held a number of leadership positions, but he also enjoys participating in chamber groups, performing publicly, or even jumping in on a jazz set. He also believes that music is meant to be shared and has enjoyed opportunities to perform publically in many venues: retirement centers, churches, solo performances with the Symphony, and even street busking. He tells the story of once leaving a performance when he was ten years old and seeing a homeless man playing half of the Bach Double Violin Concerto. With a little encouragement, he took his violin out and started playing the other part with him, quickly gathering a crowd.  Even though Jonathan has no difficulty meeting new people, music is another way to communicate that crosses every cultural boundary.

Jonathan is currently concertmaster with the Tacoma Youth Symphony and is enrolled in the Running Start program at Pierce College where he will complete high school as well as his associate of arts degree this spring. He lives in the rural Graham area with his parents, dog, cats, and a variety of other animals. Outside of music, he enjoys working on computers, reading, and spending time outdoors.  He plans to attend conservatory this fall, majoring in music performance.

S&V PlayersPartners for the PAC Presents Starbright & Vine, A Play by Richard J. Allen

Opening on February 6 at Clatsop Community College’s Performing Arts Center, the Partners for the PAC presents a staged reading of the comedy/drama Starbright & Vine, written by Richard J. Allen, a two-time Emmy-Award winning writer who serves as Professor of Film, Television and Digital Media (FTDM) at Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth, Texas. He won his Emmy Awards in 2001 and 2002 as a writer for CBS’s daytime drama, As the World Turns. Former Head Writer at NBC’s Days of Our Lives, he has also written for ABC’s General Hospital, One Life to Live and NBC’s Another World.

Theater credits include Professor Allen Writes a Book about Popular Culture, The Man Who Killed Rock Monnenoff, Seducing Sally and Allen’s collection of 54 short plays, Parashah Plays. He has also written the book and lyrics for several original musicals, including Mildred! (based on the film Mildred Pierce), Audition, and Return to Planet Zoloft.

Starbright & Vine, Allen’s most recent play, is a comic look at a fictional, once famous, now fading comedian (Marty Vine) who gets another chance at glory. Says Allen: “It’s a little bit of Sunshine Boys – getting the act together again – with a bit of sexual tension thrown in.”

In his directing debut, Bob Goldberg will lead the Partners’ production of Starbright & Vine (S&V). Marty Vine will be played by Tom Berdine, a veteran of theater at the PAC in the 80s and 90s who got his start with the Jewell Box Players. The other title character, Jacqueline (Jackie) Cole – who was the extremely popular character Mandy Starbright in a series of science fiction detective movies before becoming a ghost writer – will be played by Julie House, veteran of Astor Street Opry Company (ASOC) productions, former roller derby queen, and now the co-owner of Coldwater Surf and Skate, in its new location at 354 Ninth Street in Astoria. Marty’s “bastard” son Blake is a relatively straight-laced tax accountant who hires Jackie to help his father – who he thinks is faking dementia – write the jackpot script that comes with Marty’s selection as the “best living comic of the 20th century.” Clatsop Community College and ENCORE philosophy teacher and Philosofarian Seth Tichenor will play Blake. Donna is the latest in a long line of live-in girlfriends for Marty, and is played by Stacey Brown, executive director of United Way of Clatsop County, and another ASOC player.

No less than four of George Carlin’s seven dirty words are used in S&V, and sexual innuendo is liberally spiced throughout the play, so you may want to keep the little ones away. For anyone with a friend or relative who has or had dementia, this play will resonate. And it’s hilariously funny, especially if you are tuned to East Coast humor.

The playwright will be in Astoria to catch the evening performances of S&V, and will stick around afterwards to answer questions from the audience.

Romancing the PAC with Kim Angelis & Josef Gault & Special Guests

Kim & Josef will be joined by special guest percussionist David Reihs from Portland. He specializes in Middle Eastern percussion, having studied for two years in Turkey. Jessamyn Grace will be dancing on three numbers, and dancer extraordinaire Var'yin Parham will be appearing with them as well!

Kim Poster



Portland Gay Men's ChorusThe Portland Gay Men's Chorus in Concert at Astoria High School in December

Oregon’s Largest Chorus Coming to Astoria
Celebrate the holidays in Portland Gay Men’s Chorus style, as we sing, dance and rap--with all that seasonal bling--many of the traditional and not so traditional holiday favorites for our special Astoria audience.

The Chorus will be performing “A Holiday Celebration” for one afternoon only at Astoria High School as a benefit for the CCC Performing Arts Center. In addition to celebrating music from Christmas, Hanukkah and Solstice, Artistic Director Bob Mensel is excited to be debuting new works composed by Chorus members. Complimenting the “PGMC wall of sound” will be the Chorus’ talented dance troupe, the Locomotions and Cascade, PGMC’s classical a cappella ensemble.

No PGMC holiday concert is complete without revisiting some seasonal favorites. This year the Chorus will perform works by Handel, Rachmaninoff, Berlin, and a seldom performed song by Sir Paul McCartney. 

Bob Mensel, PGMC’s Artistic Director PGMC is celebrating our 35 season and is excited to bring this memorable holiday show to the North Coast. “A Holiday Celebration” is the perfect concert for the whole family.

Bob Mensel, the Chorus’ Artistic Director says  “PGMC undertakes these outreach concerts at our own expense to benefit local groups and to fulfill our mission of ‘...uplifting the gay community and affirming the worth of all people.’  We are excited to share this memorable Holiday concert with our friends on Oregon’s North Coast.”

“A Holiday Celebration” is appropriate for all ages.

Date: Saturday Dec 13 
Time:   2:00pm
Location:   Astoria High  School
Tickets: adults $15 /students $7, tickets  at the door

Proceeds benefit: CCC Performing Arts Center



NosferatuAt the PAC, for the PAC!
1922’s “Nosferatu” (With Pipe Organ Accompaniment) Coming to the
Performing Arts Center on Halloween Night!

Film buffs, vampire fans or anyone planning to observe Halloween by watching a creepy movie, won’t want to miss director F.W. Murnau’s silent film classic “Nosferatu”, presented by Partners for the PAC, Friday, October 31, at 7:00 pm, at the CCC Performing Arts Center located at 16th and Franklin in Astoria. Costumes are encouraged and there will be prizes for the best costumes! Parental discretion is advised. The Halloween event is one of three upcoming fundraisers to benefit the iconic PAC at the corner of Franklin and 16th Streets in Astoria

Watch this landmark film as it was meant to be watched, on a big screen. And don’t expect just a visual feast. Organist Jeff Fox will be on hand to coax some suitably scary music from the bowels of the PAC’s historic Estey pipe organ. It promises to be the perfect pairing—a chance to savor the wonderfully macabre images on the screen as bone chilling notes emerge from the organ’s formidable array of pipes (its sounds truly fill the space) in this the earliest visualization on film of the vampire legend.

Nosferatu’s behind-the-scenes story rivals its’ on-screen counterpart. The film was an unauthorized adaptation because Murnau and company couldn’t get the rights to Bram Stoker’s popular novel, “Dracula.” They got around this by changing a few details—mainly changing Count Dracula to Count Orlok and, of course, Dracula to Nosferatu. After Nosferatu’s release in 1922, Stoker’s heirs sued for copyright infringement and won! The court ordered all copies destroyed. Luckily, a few bootleg copies survived--stories differ as to just how many.

Actor Max Schreck, in the lead role, delivers a marvelous, menacing performance. Virtually unrecognizable in makeup, the actor brought an added air of mystery and dread to things. Director E. Elias Merhige plays on this in his 2000 movie, “Shadow of the Vampire”. The later film was a fictionalized account of the making of the original Nosferatu. In it, a real vampire (actor Willem Dafoe) is hired to play Count Orlok. Other contemporary films clearly riffing on “Nosferatu” include, obviously, the remake by German director Werner Herzog starring Klaus Kinski, his muse; Woody Allen’s “Shadow and Fog”; and even Tim Burton’s “Ed Wood.”

Nosferatu is widely regarded as a hugely influential masterpiece of cinema. It’s also a textbook example of German Expressionism which flourished in said country in the 1920s, reflected primarily in the painting, architecture and cinema of the day. Films in the genre were “characterized by unique set designs with wildly non-realistic, geometrically absurd sets (and) designs painted on walls and floors to represent lights, shadows, and objects. Plots frequently dealt with madness, insanity, betrayal and other ‘intellectual’ topics as opposed to action-adventure and romantic films” (Wikipedia).

The movement’s roots emerged from the chaos of WWI (Germany had a hard war and an even harder peace afterward) and the subsequent rise of Hitler. The latter forced many of Germany’s finest directors to leave the country, mainly because they were Jews. Turning up in Hollywood and bringing expressionism with them were Fritz Lang, Billy Wilder, Fred Zinnemann, Otto Preminger and Max Ophuls, to name a few. A number of directors from the 1940s already in Hollywood-- Hitchcock, Carol Reed, Orson Welles and Michael Curtiz–were inspired. To make a long story short, Nosferatu (and similar films coming out of Germany, e.g. Lang’s Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, M and Metropolis, etc.) are the acknowledged precursors to both to modern horror movie-making and film noir.

This event, a must see for serious film goers, is a fundraiser--part of ongoing efforts to support the PAC’s continued operation as a venue for affordable public arts and educational offerings. Thanks to Columbia Coffee Roaster/3 Cups and the Cannery Pier Hotel for their support. Tickets are $10.00 and are available at the PAC box office which opens at 6:15 pm. Refreshments will be available for purchase.


Fidelio posterCascadia Concert Opera Presents Beethoven's Fidelio To Benefit Astoria PAC

Cascadia Concert Opera will conclude its 2014 season with Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fidelio on Sunday, September 28th at 3:00 pm at Astoria Performing Arts Center, 588 16th Street, Astoria, OR 97103. The concert is sponsored by Partners for the PAC, and tickets are $20 at the door. Children 12 and under are free with an adult.

This production features Deac Guidi as Rocco, and will be presented with piano accompaniment.

Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, is a striking and virtuosic tale of desperation, devotion, and courage in the face of tyranny. Underscored by Beethoven’s inherently dramatic musical language, this timeless story of political oppression follows one woman’s daring and ardent pursuit to save her imprisoned husband from execution. Replete with deceptive, cunning, and ambitious characters, this thrilling opera is an affecting testament to the personal cost of societal unrest and the enduring strength of devoted love.

Currently in its sixth season, Cascadia Concert Opera is a non-profit performing arts organization based in Eugene. Showcasing some of the finest local and regional talent, Cascadia Concert Opera has a unique identity as a touring ensemble, presenting opera in intimate venues throughout the Pacific Northwest.

For further information contact Cascadia Concert Opera at 541-349-0377, or visit their website.

Unfinished Business

Vocalist Allison Wils-King in a concert of standards and musical theater songs to benefit the Performing Arts Center. With special guest Dave Drury. Saturday, July 26, 2014 at the Performing Arts Center at 16th and Franklin in Astoria.

Allison Wils-King concert

Music Festival

Children's ChorusNorth Coast Chorale Spring Concert – Rutter's Mass for the Children, Regional Composers Lauridsen, Poulshock and Clark

The North Coast Chorale spring concert includes a children’s chorus. The children, ranging in age from 7 to 12, have been memorizing their music and making art about the songs they are singing.

The group will be accompanied by soloists Will Caplinger and Ann Bronsen, pianist Debbie Loyd, local chamber instrumentalists, and guest organist Connie Wible.

The concerts will also feature works by regional composers Barbara Poulshock, Keith Clark, and Martin Lauridsen.

Morten Lauridsen is a native composer of the Pacific Northwest; named "American Choral Master" in 2006 by the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2007 he received the National Medal of Arts for his choral works. He has been a faculty member at USC since 1967. His music has been recorded on more than 200 CDs, five of which have received Grammy award nominations. Lauridsen now divides his time between Los Angeles and his home, in the San Juan Archipelago off the Northern coast of Washington. The Chorale will be performing his “Sure On This Shining Night” and “Dirait-on”.

Barbara Poulshock, pianist, vocalist and composer has enjoyed a distinguished career teaching piano and voice: she has taught at the University of California at Long Beach, Cornish Institute in Seattle, Orange Coast College and Pacific Lutheran University, where she was a professor of voice and opera. Mrs. Poushock is still is a prolific composer of voice and piano music. In recent years Barbara has directed Fiddler on the Roof (with another performance this summer), Into the Woods and The Wizard of Oz; performed by members of the Peninsula Players. The Chorale will perform Ms. Poulshock’s “The Voyager” which she composed for the group several years ago.

Keith Clark is active as conductor and recording artist with the London and Slovak Philharmonics, Bratislava Radio Symphony, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Korean Symphony, and Pacific Symphony. His CDs have won Grammy nominations, Billboard Best Seller and CD Hall of Fame listings and other awards. As composer, his theater music includes Shaw’s Major Barbara with Blythe Danner and Richard Dreyfus in the L.A. Music Center and NohThing, an Electroper premiered in the Vienna Festival. He received his PhD from UCLA, Conducting Award from the Chigiana Music Academy in Italy, Fulbright Fellowship at the Vienna Academy and Tanglewood Conducting Fellowships. He served as assistant conductor to Roger Wagner, Zubin Mehta, and Leonard Bernstein. He is Co-Founding Artistic Director of the Astoria Music Festival and Portland's Opera in the Park and principal guest conductor of the Siberian Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestra in Russia. The Chorale will perform his composition “Three Songs from ‘A Shropshire Lad’”.

Don’t miss the North Coast Chorale spring concerts:
May 17th 7:00 pm at the College Performing Arts Center, corner of 16th and Franklin in Astoria
May 18th 2:00 also at the PAC
May 18th 7:00 at the United Methodist Church 36050 10th Street in Nehalem
Tickets $10 at the door, children 12 & under free with an adult

(A special presentation, Keys to Autism, by Connie Wible, will be held Saturday May 17, 2pm at the PAC.)


North Coast Big BandJazz 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.


Dave DrurySpring 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.


Marten KingMusic 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 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;


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.


Big Band 2013Jazz 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.


Dave DrurySpring Student Guitar Recital & Concert

Saturday, March 16, 2013
7:00 pm

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.

Hitchin' logoHitchin’

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

Romancing the PACRomancing the PAC

Sunday, February 10
3 pm

Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center
16th & Franklin, Astoria
Tickets: $10

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
Pamela Alegria
Ann Lederer
Astoria Music Festival
Bach and Rock Music
Bobbi Brice
Bridgewater Bistro
Columbia Memorial Hospital
Columbia River Coffee Roasters
Celia Davis
North Coast Chorale
North Coast Symphonic Band
North Oregon Coast Symphony
Tillicum Foundation KMUN
Toni’s Boutique