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Art becomes lively at the Lincoln City Cultural Center

Published on October 4, 2017 8:36AM

Last changed on October 5, 2017 8:35AM

Multi-media artist and arts consultant Randall Koch

Multi-media artist and arts consultant Randall Koch

The arts will collide in a beautiful way Tuesday, Oct. 10, at the 4th annual Sound of Nature, Sound of Art, a multi-media event that gives you the choice to get down and dirty, or sit quietly in your seat. For the main event, the Lincoln City Cultural Center auditorium will fill with chamber music and surprising visual art, simultaneously.

This year also includes a morning performance and art project that high school students will participate in but all are welcome to at the Commons of Taft 7-12 in Lincoln City.

Sound of Nature, Sound of Art is the brainchild of Jonathan Dubay, violinist and head of the Three Centuries Ensemble. Dubay has planned a program of favorites (Vivaldi’s “Summer,” Dvorak’s “Silent Woods” and Milhaud’s “Suite for Piano, Violin and Clarinet”) along with original works by two contemporary composers. The first half of the program will include “Swing Shift” by Kenji Bunch, and the second half will present “The Wave Sings Because it is Moving” by Bryan Johanson. The works will be performed by member s of the Three Centuries Ensemble: Jonathan Dubay (violin), Todd Kuhns (clarinet), Kenneth Finch (cello) and Susan Dewitt Smith (piano).

Two visual artists, Victoria McOmie and Siobhan Humston, will also be performing. McOmie and Humston will be responding to the music, on canvas, and will be creating their pieces while the audience observes.

And, in a popular new addition to this event, arts educator Krista Eddy will be leading an “audience art” project also coordinated with the musical selections. If you’re sitting in the audience, you can respond in real time, as you watch and listen.

“It’s a sensory-laden experience that opens up new paths of understanding,” said Niki Price, executive director of the Lincoln City Cultural Center. “I have found that I think differently about both the music and the art, and that time slows down while the performance is taking place. How you experience Sound of Nature, Sound of Art is up to you – but to find out, you’ve got to be here.”

SONSOA is sponsored by a generous grant from US Bank, lodging sponsorship by Salishan Spa & Golf Resort, and educational support from the Studio to School project of the Oregon Community Foundation. Community partners in the presentation of this concert are the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, the Westwind Stewardship Group, the Siletz Bay Music Festival and the Salmon-Drift Creek Watershed Council.

“The first Sound of Nature, Sound of Art performance took place in 2014, as part of the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Cascade Head Scenic Research Area. We continue to use Cascade Head as the ecological inspiration for Sound of Nature, Sound of Art,” Price said. “Jonathan Dubay has chosen evocative works that celebrate the ocean, the coastal headland and the estuary. The artists are asked to consider Cascade Head as an image, as well as the rhythms and lines of the music proposed.”

The local artists invited to create during the show will include painter and collage artist Victoria McOmie; multi-media artist and arts consultant Randall Koch; and environmental artist and REEF coordinator for the Salmon Drift Creek Watershed Council, Graham Klag.

This year, thanks to a grant from the Oregon Arts Commission, SONSOA will have an “audience art” project lead by Krista Eddy, director of the Chessman Gallery and Lincoln City arts educator.

This year’s Sound of Nature, Sound of Art will be performed in two ways:

1) A 45-minute morning program, which will include a discussion of line and gesture led by Jonathan Dubay, followed by a performance of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons (Winter)” and John Luther Adams’ “Make Prayers to the Raven.” Graham Klag and Noah Lambie will lead an environmental performance art piece, and Krista Eddy will enable Taft 7-12 students to take part in art creation, from their seats in the audience.

This performance will begin at 9:05 am in the Commons of Taft 7-12, 3780 SE Spyglass Ridge in Lincoln City. The public is invited to attend this free program (but don’t forget to sign in and get your “visitor” badge).

2) A 2-hour evening performance, starting at 7 pm at the Lincoln City Cultural Center. The offerings in the first half will include Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig Beethoven, Ernest Bloch, and Lou Harrison, and will feature a live mixed-media collage/painting by Victoria McOmie, a collective audience art project with Krista Eddy, and an environmental art expression by Graham Klag and students from Taft 7-12. In the second half, the Three Centuries Ensemble will play “Songs in the Forest” by Lou Harrison, and “Make Prayers to the Raven” by John Luther Adams, while Randall Koch creates a large-scale work over the course of 35 minutes. The evening will end with a question-and-answer period, open to both musicians and artists.

Tickets for the evening performance Sound of Nature, Sound of Art are $20 in advance, $22 at the door, and free for Taft 7-12 students (and one accompanying adult per student). Purchase online at lincolncity-culturalcenter.org, or by calling 541-994-9994. LCCC Membership discount of $2 will apply.

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