Alzheimer’s Through The Artistic Lens: A Public Symposium
Alzheimer’s Through the Artistic Lens: Symposium Co-Presented by Eugene Concert Choir & Oregon Contemporary Theatre
New works discussed at free community event – April 2, 2016 at 3:00pm
EUGENE, OREGON – Eugene Concert Choir and Oregon Contemporary Theatre co-present a symposium titled Alzheimer’s Through the Artistic Lens on Saturday, April 2, 2016, at 3:00pm. The event is free and open to the community and will take place at Oregon Contemporary Theatre’s home at 194 West Broadway in downtown Eugene.
Stories of Alzheimer’s patients, their loved ones, and their caretakers come to Eugene stages this April in performances from the Eugene Concert Choir and Oregon Contemporary Theatre. Both organizations present new works exploring aspects of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia:Shadow & Light, a world-premiere choral-orchestral work by Joan Syzmko, and Steve Yockey’sBlackberry Winter, a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. The two organizations collaborate on a symposium, Alzheimer’s Through the Artistic Lens, gathering memory loss professionals, artists and arts administrators to discuss the production of these challenging works.
Dr. Patricia Dewey Lambert, Program Director at the UO Arts and Administration Program and founder of the new Arts in Healthcare Management Master’s area of specialization, will moderate. Panelists include: Debra Weinman, Cascade Coast Regional Coordinator of the Alzheimer’s Association – Oregon Chapter; Debbie Jenson, RN at River Bend and Alzheimer’s family caregiver; Diane Retallack, Eugene Concert Choir Artistic Director and Conductor; Joan Szymko, Composer; Craig Willis, Oregon Contemporary Theatre Producing Artistic Director; and Mary Buss, Actor and member of Actors’ Equity Association.
Shadow & Light is a world premiere choral-orchestral work by nationally-recognized Oregon composer Joan Szymko that …gives voice to the challenges, courage, and loving acceptance of those affected by Alzheimer’s disease, other forms of dementia, and their caregivers. Eugene Concert Choir was awarded a $125,000 grant from the Fred W. Fields Fund of Oregon Community Foundation Creative Heights Initiative to commission the piece, which will be presented by the select chamber choir of the Eugene Concert Choir organization, Eugene Vocal Arts with Eugene Concert Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Retallack, April 8 and 10, 2016 at Beall Concert Hall, University of Oregon.
About Blackberry Winter: Vivienne Avery has enjoyed a life of middle class comfort until her mother’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Years of success, meticulous planning, and an eye for detail have in no way prepared her for her mother’s slide into the grip of dementia. Initially hiding behind insomnia-fueled baking and a polite smile, Vivienne shares stories filled with with wit, honesty, and insight that leave her inner turmoil quietly laid bare on stage. Blackberry Winterjuxtaposes these stories, large theatrical gestures, and a childlike Alzheimer’s “creation myth” to create a unique exploration of the tragedy of memory loss.Blackberry Winter is a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere being produced by Oregon Contemporary Theatre April 15 through May 6.
Alzheimer’s Through the Artistic Lens is free and open to all community members. Saturday, April 2, 2016, at 3:00pm at Oregon Contemporary Theater. Doors will open at 2:30pm; seating is first-come, first-served for this non-ticketed event. A lobby reception with light refreshments will follow the event.
Eugene Concert Choir is pleased to partner once more with our esteemed colleagues of the Eugene Ballet Company for their 2015-2016 season presentation of Carmina Burana.
The most requested EBC production by far, returns to the Silva Concert Hall stage on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 2:00 pm.
Eugene Ballet Company w/ Eugene Concert Choir and OrchestraNext
Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 2:00 pm
Hult Center for the Performing Arts