International Jazz Day Celebration

Info Provided by PDX Jazz:

The Incredible Journey of Jazz is a free music program designed for youth in Portland that tells the story of jazz music, one of America’s treasured contributions to world culture. Through live performance, they learn about the roots of jazz from African music and its culture, its development in the United States, and current place in modern culture. In celebration of International Jazz Day, the IJOJ Ensemble will give a free performance for attendees of all ages at the Portland Art Museum’s Whitsett Auditorium from 1-2pm.

In addition, at 3pm pianist Darrell Grant and his chamber jazz quartet MJ New will be performing a program entitled “The Sound of Identity” inspired by the “Constructing Identity: Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African-American Art” exhibition on display at the Portland Art Museum.  “The Sound of Identity” seeks to highlight the connections between the visual and musical arts through pairing compositions by historic African-American jazz artists with selected works from the Petrucci exhibit.

Óye Oyá

Info Provided by Milagro:

A woman calls on the power of Oyá…
A boat is caught in a mysterious storm…
A young woman fights to choose her own path….
This original Spanish-language musical is inspired by the Cuban Zarzuela and Shakespeare’s The Tempest. It tells a story of the power of love, compassion, and forgiveness.

The World Premiere is based on a treatment by Rodolfo Ortega of Rebecca Martinez’s book.  Music and Lyrics by Rodolfo Ortega, Directed by Estefanía Fadul.

About the Composer, Rodolfo Ortega
Rodolfo Ortega is an award winning composer for film, television, and theatre. Rodolfo received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the University of Arizona and his Master’s of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music where he studied piano and composition. He has composed music for indie films such as the The Good Lot among others. For television he composed music for the National Public Broadcast of the documentary No Perfect AnswersThe Life and Architecture of Pietro Belluschi. He has sound designed and composed for some of the most prestigious theatre companies in the United States, including The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (The Tenth Muse) and Denver Center Theatre Company (The Three MusketeersRomeo & Juliet).  Rodolfo is also an Associate Artist with Santa Cruz Shakespeare (Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s DreamMuch Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Man in the Iron Mask, Henry IVParts I & II).  Since 2008, he has composed an original musical every year for Northwest Children’s Theatre including Hansel and GretelSnow White, PinocchioPeter Pan, The Little Mermaid and El Zorrito (which was published by Dramatic Publishing in 2014). For the 2000-2001 Portland theatre season, Rodolfo was awarded a Portland Drammy Award in Sound Design and Composition for an entire season of outstanding work.

About the Librettist, Rebecca Martinez
Rebecca Martinez is a long-time Milagro collaborator and most recently wrote and directed American Sueño, which toured nationally. Other Milagro produced works she has written or directed include: Oyá: Call the Storm, La noche eterna, and Xandu’ Ya’. Now based in New York, she has worked with the One Minute Play Festival, the 52nd Street Project, FringeNYC, Hybrid Theatre Works, and on developmental works for the Lark, Cherry Lane, and Working Theater among others. Rebecca is an ensemble member of Sojourn Theatre, a Co-Curator of Working Theater’s Directors Salon, a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, INTAR’s Unit52 and the SDCF Observership Class. Awards include four Portland Theater Drammy Awards (Ensemble Acting: 7 Great Loves and The War Project: 9 Acts of Determination – Sojourn Theatre; and Choreography: 7 Great Loves – Sojourn Theatre and The Brother/Sister Plays – Portland Playhouse) and the Lilla Jewel Award for Women Artists.

About the Director, Estefanía Fadul
Estefanía Fadul is a Colombia-born, New Hampshire-raised, New York City-based director and producer. Directing credits include The House of the Spirits by Caridad Svich (SUNY Purchase), Cell by Cassandra Medley (Drama League DirectorFest), asi van los fantasmas de méxico, primera parte by Matthew Paul Olmos (Repertorio Español), El Laurel de Apolo by Pedro Calderón de la Barca (Repertorio Español), and Well by Lisa Kron (Pleiades Productions). Her current and upcoming work includes collaborations with playwrights Fernanda Coppel, Gina Femia, Elisabeth Frankel, Krista Knight, and Tatiana Suarez-Pico. Estefanía has worked as assistant director at the Public Theater, Classic Stage Company, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, among others, and was the assistant producer for Soho Rep.’s first all-ages site-specific production, Washeteria (NYTimes Critics’ Pick). She is an alum of the Drama League Directors Project and the Van Lier Fellowship at Repertorio Español, a New Georges Affiliated Artist, and a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. B.A. Vassar College.

Debussy’s La Mer

Info via Portland Symphony:

Debussy’s most sensuous work powers an evening of oceanic currents, with sea-going works by both Hosakawa and Mendelssohn. Renowned violinist Simone Lamsma returns to perform Britten’s Spanish Civil War-inspired Violin Concerto.

Jun Märkl, conductor
• Simone Lamsma, violin

Mendelssohn: The Hebrides (Fingal’s Cave)
• Britten: Violin Concerto
Hosokawa: Circulating Ocean
Debussy: La Mer (The Sea)

Saturday, April 22, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 23, 2017 | 2 pm
Monday, April 24, 2017 | 7:30 pm


The White Ribbon

Info Provided by Northwest Film Center:

Something dire is transpiring just below the surface of a charming, pre-World War I German village. A horse and rider are targeted, an infant goes missing, and other acts of banal cruelty are perpetrated without clear indication of who bears responsibility. Less the coming of age of a single child or group of children than of an entire generation of kids or, perhaps, an entire nation, Haneke places his focus here on the children who will have risen into adulthood during the Nazi era. Winner of the Palme D’Or at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and nominated for two Academy Awards (for cinematography and best foreign language film), The White Ribbon is an unflinching examination of the roots of evil, a mystery without resolution, and one of the most haunting films of the 21st century. “This is a profoundly disquieting movie, superbly acted and directed. Its sinister riddle glitters more fiercely each time I watch it.”—Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian. In German with English subtitles.