After a long search, Portland Baroque Orchestra believes it has found the right leader to succeed Monica Huggett as artistic director.
The orchestra welcomes conductor and keyboard virtuoso Julian Perkins as artistic director. He’s a person who “represents a new generation of innovation in the field, embracing historically inspired approach to period music while delivering performances full of contrast and surprise,” the company said. BBC Radio 3 apparently dubbed him “The Indiana Jones of Early Music.”
Said Perkins: “Last month I greatly enjoyed collaborating with this group of top-class musicians, making music in ways that I found highly stimulating, moving and stylish. As artistic director, I eagerly anticipate our musical journey together, sharing our discoveries with as many people as possible.”
Huggett led PBO for three decades. The company began in 1984 as North Americans honored the tricentennial celebration of the birth of both Bach and Handel. Many such leaders like Huggett are retiring now, leaving space for new people such as Perkins to make their mark, including by emphasizing underrepresented composers.
“Julian is a great fit for PBO, bringing a breadth of experience in artistic creation, production, and direction,” said William Willingham, president of PBO board of directors. “His passion, knowledge, and deep commitment to early music make him the ideal person to lead Portland Baroque Orchestra into a new era of excellence.”
Most recently, Perkins was artistic director of Cambridge Handel Opera and founder director of Sounds Baroque, and performs regularly at the Salzburg Festival, Edinburgh International Festival and BBC Proms.
TidalWave Comics has produced a comic book in honor of singer Mariah Carey.
“Female Force: Mariah Carey” was released Dec. 7.
It’s written by Michael Frizell, with art by Pablo Martinena, and it’s a 22-page comic book available in print and digitally on multiple platforms. The book will be available in hardback with a cover by famous comic book artist Joe Phillips and paperback with a cover by Nelson Hernandez. The book will also be available in a 28-page expanded holiday edition featuring a themed cover by Marvel Comics artist Yonami.
Carey is known for her dynamic onstage presence, perennial “All I Want for Christmas is You,” and her impressive five-octave range. Often called the Queen of Christmas and the Songbird Supreme, Carey’s rise to stardom was not without pitfalls.
From the Canby Herald:
Harefest, the annual tribute band music festival and camp-out at the Clackamas County Event Center in Canby, returns July 14-15, 2023.
The lineup includes tributes to Queen, Journey, Pink Floyd, Guns N’ Roses, Def Leppard, AC/DC, Heart, Eagles, Boston and Beastie Boys, Motley Crue, Foreigner, Van Halen, Blondie, Fleetwood Mac, Ozzy Osbourne, Steve Miller Band, Hall & Oates, Doobie Brothers and Spinal Tap.
It’ll be the second year the festival will be held at the fairgrounds, which includes an expansive overnight area that will accommodate hundreds of RV and tent campers (including a Glamping Village), creating a weekend-long concert “camp-out” for classic rock fans.
Among the new features will be a July 13 kickoff party featuring Radical Revolution (1980s party hits) and None More Black (Spinal Tap tribute), which also provides overnight festival-goers the option to stay onsite Thursday night as well. In addition, the festival will close out Saturday night with a special multimedia-infused set from Pigs on the Wing, the highly acclaimed Pink Floyd Tribute act.
- At ilani Casino Resort in Ridgefield, Washington, the O’Jays play on their “Last Stop On The Love Train” tour, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15. They’ll likely perform “Love Train,” “Put Your Hands Together,” “For The Love of Money” and “I Love Music,” and their first No. 1 single “Backstabbers,” in the show at Cowlitz Ballroom. It’s the final tour for the O’Jays, which include original members Eddie Levert Sr. and Walter Williams Sr. For more: http://www.ilianiresort.com.
- There are plenty of other non-holiday concerts, including: Silversun Pickups, Crystal Ballroom, crystalballroompdx.com; Thursday, Dec. 15; Patterson Hood (of Drive-By Truckers), Doug Fir Lounge, Friday-Saturday, Dec. 16-17, dougfirlounge.com; The Offspring, Aladdin Theater, Sunday, Dec. 18, http://www.aladdin-theater.com.
- Reminder: By CoHo Productions and Devon Roberts Presents, “The Way You Made Me,” written by Lindsay Partain, addresses home, love and belonging, and it’ll stage 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 18 at CoHo Theater. The story: Using her trauma as a jumping-off point toward creating a better home for herself and family, Imogen (Becca Baugh) shares her gift of words with an unseen lover. As she unpacks boxes and herself, Imogen recounts through love letters how she discovered happiness despite a life of neglect. For more: http://www.cohoproductions.org.