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See and hear Florence's best young people showcase their talent as this year's Rhody Court appears on stage.
The colorful pianist, bandleader and composer Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe (who was professionally known as Jelly Roll Morton) always claimed he invented jazz in 1902 out of the various musical influences he experienced coming of age in New Orleans.
Whatever one’s thoughts on this claim (like the ODJB, Morton was inclined to self-promotion!), his identification of a “Spanish tinge” in the rich ethno-cultural mix that was jazz as he understood it, is compelling and very evident in the history of 20th century popular music. Jesse Cloninger and the Emerald City Jazz Kings close their season with an exploration of the “Latin tinge”, with an intriguing collection of tunes hailing from both sides of the border, from the likes of Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington (“Caravan," “Perdido”), The Andrew Sisters (“Rum an Coca Cola," “Tico Tico”), Desi Arnaz (“Cuban Pete", “In Santiago, Chile”), Carmen Miranda, and more!
Celebrate Mother's Day with beautiful music at the performance of one of the Coast's premier musical organizations.
Monthly Chamber of Commerce noon forum features a variety of speakers on topics of interest to local businesses and individuals. Lunch is $12.25 per person.
Ballet Fantastique’s presents the The Book of Esther, a daring and unprecedented dance theater collaboration with the national award-winning U of O Gospel Singers.
In the premiere of The Book of Esther: A Rock Gospel Ballet, choreographer-producers Donna Marisa and Hannah Bontrager re-imagine the spellbinding biblical story of a legendary woman (and lionhearted beauty) whose faith cuts through a world of danger and political intrigue—to a score of live rock and gospel music spanning the past two centuries.
Donna and Hannah will fuse and abstract diverse dance styles as a springboard for the story’s dramatic themes, showcasing the artistry and versatility of the Company’s critically acclaimed artists. UO Gospel Singers’ director Andiel Brown will lead the singers into new territory. And playful and poignant, Donna and Hannah’s uplifting new choreographic telling of this powerful legend will resonate with power and spirit.
Special group pricing: for groups of six or more, the adult ticket price is $20. These tickets must be purchased at the box office or by phone. Not available for online purchase.
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Discover unique jewelry, paintings, wood carving, photography and more. 10% of the proceeds will benefit the Florence Area Humane Society.