True North will be performing at Sunriver Nature Center on Saturday, January 10, 7-9pm. True North features award winning singer/song writers Kristen Grainger and Dan Wetzel and bluegrass superstars Dale Adkins and Suzanne Pearce Adkins.
Their most recent album, Elsebound, has been in the national charts top 10 for more than 20 weeks after reaching number one back in August when it displaced the great Nickle Creek for the top spot.
Hailing from Oregon’s beautiful Willamette valley, Americana-bluegrass quartet True North combines traditional bluegrass instrumentation with fat harmonies and folk-edged songwriting for a distinctive sound that is fresh, warm and memorable.
True North’s performances exemplify the most compelling aspects of live acoustic roots music: intelligent songwriting, thoughtful arrangements, terrific instrumental interpretations by the band’s highly-skilled pickers and vocals that alternately bring you to tears or raise ecstatic hairs on the back of your neck.
Tickets are $15, and are available at the Nature Center, 541 593-4442 or 541 593-4394. This intimate venue with only 70 seats is expected to sell out so early ticket purchase is advised.
by RENEE PATRICK Cascade A&E Editor
Music education opens doors that help children pass from school into the world around them — a world of work, culture, intellectual activity and human involvement. The future of our nation depends on providing our children with a complete education that includes music. ~ Former President Gerald Ford
There are many resources available to help parents choose the right activities, environments and influences for their children. The development stages are prime time to introduce them to a variety of activities that will not only help them grow into productive and inquisitive individuals, but foster their creativity while having fun.
“Psychologists, neuroscientists and experts in early childhood development have done studies with children that show music education does more for children than just bring them joy,” explained Julie Hanney, liscensed Kindermusik instructor and director of early childhood education at Cascade School of Music. “It also helps their brain cells make the connections needed for just about every kind of intelligence, from literacy skills to emotional skills to physical control to enhanced creativity.”
The Cascade School of Music offers Kindermusik classes for children up to five years old, and is based on research done by early childhood experts. Each song, game, story, dance and instrument activity is designed for fun, and also benefits inhibitory control (putting a space between a thought and an action), quantitative and social skills; and physical and language development.
“With Kindermusik classes, each month you receive a new CD of music as well as other at-home digital materials to help parents (a child’s very best teacher!) continue their music education,” Hanney explained. “Children enrolled in Kindermusik classes also receive an age appropriate instrument each month…The quality of Kindermusik’s materials from the curriculum to the CDs is truly excellent and won’t make parents’ skin crawl when your child requests it over and over!
“Because music is fun, it engages children in a special way and provides the most wonderful platform for teaching so many skills: physical, emotional and mental,” she said. “Age-appropriate music education in a fun and socially accepting environment is truly one of the best gifts you can give your child or grandchild to help them have the skills they need to be successful in the future.”
The Cascade School of Music offers tuition assistance and discounts for siblings. 541-382-6866, www.ccschoolofmusic.org
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.