University announces its 2012-13 Performing Arts Series
A solo performance by legendary actor Ed Asner as FDR highlights the series' 19th season
A portrayal of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt by Emmy Award-winning actor Ed Asner highlights Pacific University’s 19th annual Performing Arts Series, presented by Tuality Healthcare and sponsored by Best Western University Inn & Suites.
Asner's theatrical rendition of FDR during his years as America's 32nd president concludes a six-show lineup that features a rich array of music genres.
Acoustic musicians Strunz & Farah kick off the series on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center in Forest Grove.
Strunz & Farah share the cultural riches of their respective native lands, Costa Rica and Iran. Afro-Caribbean, Latin American folk, flamenco and Middle Eastern Music draw heavily from the jazz concept of improvisation.
Quebec folk band Le Vent du Nord will entertain on Nov. 10. The four-member ensemble perpetually moves audiences to dance by delivering an eclectic mix of fiddle and hurdy-gurdy in both English and their native French language.
A Victorian Christmas Concert with John Doan on Dec. 8 explores how the Victorians invented many Christmas traditions we remember and quite a few we have forgotten. This enchanting evening recaptures a time before radio and television, when people entertained one another by playing 19th-Century instruments. Doan's storytelling ability takes the audience on a historic tour that captures the evolution of social interaction through music.
On Feb. 23, folk music purists will have the opportunity to listen to singer, songwriter and community activist Peter Yarrow, perhaps best known for his time with trio Peter, Paul and Mary. The pen behind "Puff, the Magic Dragon," Yarrow has produced multiple gold and platinum albums and captured numerous Grammy Awards.
Dala, a Canadian female duet comprised of best friends from high school, bring a fresh brand of acoustic pop music to the stage on March 9. The 2010 Canadian Folk Music Vocal Group of the Year draws upon influences from The Beatles, Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan to deliver dulcet tones described 'angelic' by some.
The series concludes with Asner's special appearance as FDR on Sunday, April 21. Best known for his character Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-77) and his namesake spinoff, Asner earned an Emmy Award as Captain Davies in the groundbreaking mini-series Roots (1977) based on Alex Haley's novel.
This one-man show takes audiences through FDR's White House years, including the Great Depression, the steps leading up to World War II and the war itself.
Asner's portrayal of Roosevelt provides keen insight into FDR's time as Commander in Chief. Fireside chats, a controversial packing of the Supreme Court, an extramarital affair, gamesmanship with Congress and his handling of Pearl Harbor are just some of the moments Asner embodies as Roosevelt, the only American president to be elected to four terms.
Subscription packages, including full ensemble and mini packages, as well as tickets to individual performances are now on sale.
Discounts are available for senior citizens 55 and better, and youths 12 and under.
Tickets can be purchased in person at the Taylor-Meade box office Monday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m., or by phone at (503) 352-2918.
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