Award-winning Borealis String Quartet to play
Jan. 22 concert at Chapel at Camp Wi-Ne-Ma
'Around the World in 80 Minutes' promises musical and visual tour
MARK CAVATORTA, right, receives a check from the Tillamook County Cultural Coalition on behalf of Nestucca Valley Jr.-Sr. High School for an art and science integrated project involving anatomical casting techniques.
TCCC grants will help fund five
Tillamook County cultural projects
The Tillamook County Cultural coalition board, following a vote taken last November, has awarded 2017 grant funds to five Tillamook County cultural projects, including Nestucca Valley Jr.-Sr. High School for an art and science integrated project involving anatomical casting techniques.
The other four entities receiving grants were the Lower Nehalem Community Trust, for an enthobotanical teaching trail sign project; Art Accelerate, for after-school art classes for children in the Tillamook area; the Nehalem Valley Historical Society, for beautification and preservation of the Nehalem American Legion Cemetary; and the Hoffman Center for the Arts, for an online project to reach potential students who are unable to attend classes in person.
TCCC administers and distributes Oregon Cultural Trust funding in Tillamook County.
Founded in 2002, the OCT works to protect and stabilize Oregon cultural resources by creating a solid foundation for the future; expanding public awareness of the quality of, access to, and use of culture in Oregon; and ensuring that Oregon cultural resources are strong and dynamic contributors to Oregon’s communities and quality of life.
Each year, one-third of OCT funds go to 45 Oregon County Cultural Coalitions. Coalitions, in turn, grant those funds to local cultural programs or projects in their counties. The Tillamook County Cultural Coalition (TCCC) selects projects to receive funding in the following areas: education, community arts, heritage, environment, and traditions.
To learn more about the Trust, visit www.culturaltrust.org. For TCCC grant applications guidelines and deadlines, visit www.tcpm.org/tccc.htm.
Photo courtesy of Steven Lemay
THE BOREALIS STRING QUARTET will bring their award-winning talents to the Neskowin Chamber Music series on Sunday, Jan. 22. The music starts at 3 p.m. at the Chapel at Camp Wi-Ne-Ma. Call 503-965-6499 for ticket information.
Award-winning Borealis String Quartet to play
Jan. 22 concert at Chapel at Camp Wi-Ne-Ma
The Borealis String Quartet returns to the Neskowin Chamber Music stage with a concert on Jan. 22 at 3 p.m. at Camp Winema. The ensemble replaces the previously scheduled Enso String Quartet which had to cancel due to a recent injury to one of its members.
Called “one of the most dynamic and exciting ensembles of its generation,” the Borealis String Quartet has received international acclaim as an ensemble praised for its fiery performances, passionate style, and refined, musical interpretation.
Founded in Vancouver, British Columbia in the fall of 2000, the Borealis has toured extensively in North America and performed to sold-out audiences in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Montreal, Ottawa, and their home town of Vancouver. Their recent performances in the Beethoven Series at the Metropolitan Museum in New York and at the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Hall in Seattle were critically lauded for their serious and dramatically engaging interpretations. In a recent season, they were invited to perform three times in New York — at the Schneider Concert Series, the People’s Symphony Concerts, and at Rockefeller Center. They also played at the 2010 Aboriginal Pavilion during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games.
Members of the Borealis String Quartet are: violinists Patricia Shih and Yel Yawney, violist Nikita Pogrebnoy, and cellist Sungyong Lim.
A graduate of the Indiana University school of music, Shih started playing the violin at 14. She has appeared as a soloist and recitalist in venues in the U.S., England, Poland, Singapore and throughout Canada.
Yawney has performed extensively in Canada, the U.S. and the Czech Republic, where he completed his advanced training at the Prague Academy. He also studied at Florida’s Harid Conservatory and at Rice University in Houston.
Born in Russia where he graduated from the St. Petersburg Conservatory, Pogrebnoy came to the U.S. to study at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge. He has performed as a soloist and with various ensembles all over the U.S. and overseas.
Lim studied music in his native Korea before moving to Germany. He has earned numerous awards and been featured in a multitude of performances in Germany, Switzerland, and Korea. He is principal cello with the Germany Det-mold Orchestra and the Mosy Chamber Orchestra.
In recent years, the Borealis has established close ties with Asia, touring in Taiwan where they also established outreach programs and conducted master classes at universities and schools. In 2011, they made their debut in major cities in China, including Shanghai, and have been touring extensively in China to bring music of East and West to Chinese audiences. The success of their 2013 tour resulted in their being invited back for performances in 2014.
Although the Borealis is strongly committed to the great traditional quartet literature, they actively seek to promote new works and are strong advocates of Canadian music.
Camp Wi-Ne-Ma, is located three miles north of Neskowin, just west of Highway 101. Individual tickets are available at the door for $25. Season tickets for all the concerts cost $110. For more information, visit www.neskowinchambermusic.org or call 503-965-6499.
The group will also present an Out-reach Program at Nestucca Jr.-Sr. High School on Jan. 23 at 9 a.m.
Photo courtesy of Jeannine and David Jordan
DAVID AND JEANNINE JORDAN will present a multi-media concert entitled “Around the World in 80 Minutes” Sunday, Jan. 29 at 4 p.m. at Nestucca Valley Presbyterian Church, 35305 Brooten Rd., Pacific City. The concert, which is serving as a fundraiser for Geri’s Community Garden, promises a visual and auditory trip around the globe. Suggested donation is $20.
‘Around the World in 80 Minutes’
promises musical and visual tour
By TIM HIRSCH
of the Sun
You don’t have to hop on a plane to experience the sights and sounds of the world — not with the West Coast premier of “Around the World in 80 Minutes,” coming to town.
The concert event, which will be performed on Sunday, Jan. 29 at 4 p.m. at Nestucca Valley Presbyterian Church, will feature the talents of longtime professional organist Jeannine Jordan and her husband, multi-media artist David Jordan. Together they’ll present a fast-moving organ and multi-media concert featuring a unique global organ repertoire by native composers that’s billed as a great journey around the world that transcends the boundaries of countries, religions, nationalities, time periods and styles.
There is a suggested $20 donation to attend. All proceeds will help fund the continued development of Geri’s Community Garden, which is located adjacent the church.
“It’s a concert that celebrates the diversity of music from around the world,” Jeannine said. “As the universal language, music really connects all of us.”
To help make that happen, Jeannine has selected music by local composers from 17 countries around the world.
“We’ve attempted to share music that is very unique to every country,” she added. “For example (for the) Switzerland (performance), the organ piece is actually to swiss dances. You can hear the oom-pah-pah like a polka band, and when (we) go to Taiwan, you can conjure up a piece of a very quiet Taiwanese lullaby.
“We also have some wonderful pieces from all over Europe that exemplify great cathedral music. We have dances in Italy where we hear shepherds playing their bagpipes. And in the MIddle East from Israel to Lebanon, we have some very exotic sounds. Their rhythm is so different to what our ear is used to.”
Other musical samples visited during the resounding world tour include Mexico with a variation on “Labamba” and Brazil. The concert will conclude with a return to the U.S. with performances of “Amazing Grace” and “My Country ’Tis of Thee.”
But the musical diversity is just part of this immersive event as the visual talents of David Jordan will also be splashed on the screen. The graphics will include images that highlight each area — such as giraffes on the savannah in Africa — together with video feeds that will provide close-ups of Jeannine’s hands and feet dancing on the organ.
“With David’s graphics behind, you can really see what those sounds are portraying,” Jeannine said. “It’s a real visual treat. This is not your typical organ concert — it’s a fast moving, live multi-media experience.”
Jeannine grew up playing the organ, first taking a turn at the keyboards when she was 11. She later earned a doctorate degree in organ performance and music history from the University of Oregon and has been performing as a professional for 40 years. During that span, she has played organs all over the world including one that Bach played in Germany and in “huge” cathedrals in England.
“I’ve been a church organist all my life,” she says. “Performing has been a huge part of my life, and it’s something I’m very passionate about. My passion is to meet people where they are and bring a new audience for the organ.”
As a multi-media artist, David, Jeannine says, is the one that does all the visual magic behind the scenes. To work that magic, he will make use of the five cameras on Jeannine with video and other images during the show. David is also a pianist and composer and has a master’s degree in composition from Ball State University.
“It’s a very unique performance for all ages,” Jeannine says. “We’ve had children as young as four years old be captivated by our performance because it’s so visual.
“It’s not just an organ concert. The visual aspect of it will be like a cinematic experience. There will be images that will really take you around the world in a fashion that you probably haven’t experienced before.”
For more information about the musical event, visit www.aroundtheworldin80minutes.org. Nestucca Valley Presbyterian Church is located at 35305 Brooten Rd., Pacific City.
TCCC grants will help fund five Tillamook County cultural projects