The Eugene Ballet Company begins its 35th performance season with ballet’s epic story of Cinderella. A selection of dancers from the Central Oregon School of Ballet have also been asked to take the stage at the Bend performance on November 8 at 7:30pm.
In Cinderella Toni Pimble’s original choreography and Prokofiev’s beautiful score bring this fairy tale to life. With something for everyone—romance, comedy, fantasy and new shoes—Cinderella remains one of the great ballets of all time.
Twenty six students from Central Oregon School of Ballet have been invited to take the stage in the role of sprites and gnomes for this one-time performance at Bend High Auditorium. Central Oregon School of Ballet directors, Zygmunt and Sarah Sawiel, are honored that Eugene Ballet Company continues to invite their students to take part of their Bend shows year after year.
It’s a busy season for the students of Central Oregon School of Ballet as they are learning parts for Cinderella as well as gearing up for their annual holiday production of the Nutcracker Ballet.
At Bend High Auditorium, Nutcracker will take place on December 6 at 3pm and 7pm and December 7 at 3pm. This is a traditional and classic take on the Nutcraker Ballet where Tchaikovsky’s timeless melodies come to life with elaborate stage sets, beautiful costumes and skillful performances.
Since its opening in 1981, Central Oregon School of Ballet has become known for its city-wide performances and traditional ballet instruction to young people. Advanced students from the school have continued their studies with national ballet schools such as the Joffrey Ballet School in New York; the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina; the Universal Ballet Academy in Washington, D.C.;the Boston Ballet School in Massachusetts, and the Nutmeg Ballet in Lexington, Connecticut.
In mid-December 1964, I Want to Hold Your Hand began playing on U.S. radio stations. When the Fab Four played The Ed Sullivan Show two months later, captivating 60 percent of the American viewing audience, the British Invasion had officially begun. Before you could say “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!” Beatlemania swept the country.
The world’s first boy band acted adorably goofy and good-natured in their radio and television interviews, especially during the first wave of Beatlemania. They also dropped the “roll” from rock ’n’ roll and replaced it with “pop,” combining for the first time rock and popular music in a unique fashion without losing rock’s primal, driving sound.
The Beatles were quickly followed by The Rolling Stones, who were perceived by the American public as a much more ‘edgy’ and even dangerous band. This image distinguished them from the Beatles, who had become more acceptable and parent-friendly. The Rolling Stones appealed more to an ‘outsider’ demographic and popularized, for young people at least, the rhythm and blues genre. The Rolling Stones would become the biggest band other than The Beatles to come out of the British Invasion.
The British Invasion was one of the watershed developments in American popular music history and is credited with inspiring the free speech movement and countless other social changes. During this year’s 50th anniversary of the British Invasion, this raises a question which has fueled arguments since both bands were covering Chuck Berry songs. Who’s better? The Beatles or the Rolling Stones?
On Friday, October 24, Tower Theatre in Bend will host Beatles vs. Stones - A Musical Shoot Out with these two legendary bands engaging in an on-stage duel courtesy of renowned tribute bands Abbey Road and Jumping Jack Flash. The show consists of six alternating mini sets with both bands coming together on stage for an encore.
Fans must choose between Sir Mick Jagger leading the Stones through bluesy, soul rock or the Beatles trawling through their catalog of classics.
Since 2011, Abbey Road and Jumping Jack Flash have been going head-to-head across the Western United States in casinos, clubs and performing arts centers. The show performed a three month residency earlier this year at the Harrah’s Reno showroom. The next stop is Harrah’s Laughlin for a long residency. The show in Bend is part of a 110 show tour of the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico.
The band members exchange tongue-in-cheek barbs about the rivalry between the bad boys of London and the lads from Liverpool. “In fact, the Beatles and the Stones were fast friends,” said Young Hutchison, who plays “Keith Richards” in the show. “But if you were a 60’s kid, you had to be one or other – not both.”
“It was Mick Jagger who inducted the Beatles into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” said Chris Paul Overall, who plays “Paul.”
Abbey Road promise a 30-song, hit-packed chronological set, opening with I Want To Hold Your Hand and the Beatlemania years, to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club band, before building through the band’s “flower power” period. Jumping Jack Flash will perform three crowd-pleasing sets guaranteed to get even Beatles fans on their feet dancing.
Beatles vs. Stones - A Musical Shoot Out performs October 24 at at 7:30pm. Tickets are $35 - $55, www.towertheatre.org, 541-317-0700
Have you ever wanted to sing on stage, but chose to sing in the shower or in your car instead? Now is the time to develop your singing and your stage presence in a unique opportunity called Harmony4Women (H4W). On September 18 women and teen girls from all over Central Oregon are invited to attend a singer sign-up party, to be held at the Southeast Bend home of Linda and Tom Gardner, 22055 Rickard Road, Bend.
The event will run from 5:30-7:30pm and potential singers will be treated to an explanation of the program and a sampling of 4-part harmony, acappella music. Refreshments will be provided, and carpooling is encouraged. A singer fee will help defray music licensing, printing and practice CD’s. The chorus will perform November 22 at the Tower Theatre.
In its fifth year, Harmony4Women’s goal is to educate, nurture, support and inspire women and audiences in Central Oregon while uniting women from all our communities and culminating in a crowd pleasing fundraising concert. With grantors and sponsors helping with expenses, the concert ticket sales and donations benefit the partner organizations, all involved in helping women and girls through education, training and inspiration. The 4 in the middle of Harmony4Women refers to the 4-part harmony sung by the group, as well as the 4 partner women’s groups it benefits: Bella Acappella Harmony Chorus, Grandma’s House of Central Oregon, Soroptimist International of Bend and the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Bend Branch.
Harmony4Women is an eight week education in music and acappella styling, directed by long-time, amazingly talented acappella musical director, Connie Norman. The singers learn so much, and are able to perform amazingly well after only 10 rehearsals. Said one singer, “I truly did love the H4W experience! Connie, you were an amazing director! While singing with other choruses, the director seemed like a remote figure, more like a human metronome than someone to really focus on. You, on the other hand, made it difficult to not watch you. This was difficult before I learned my lyrics and notes, but was truly amazing in November -- I never took my eyes off you, and was rewarded for that by being totally “with” you!” -- Pris B.
Central Oregon Women and girls 11-90 years old should plan to join these four dynamic groups in an amazing, unique singing experience, and in supporting our less fortunate sisters.