Siri Vik: Sure on This Shining Night Samuel Barber & Aaron Copland
Nov
12
3:00pm 3:00pm

Siri Vik: Sure on This Shining Night Samuel Barber & Aaron Copland

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Siri returns to her classical roots with the vocal music of two of the greatest American composers of the 20th Century, Samuel Barber and Aaron Copland. Siri performs Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915 and Copland's 8 Poems of Emily Dickinson with chamber orchestra, conducted by Robert Ashens, as well as some of the composers' most beautiful songs written for voice and piano. The program will also include two most iconic instrumental works, Barber's Adagio for Strings and a condensed arrangement of Appalachian Spring. tickets: theshedd.org

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SYM FEST II:  Eugene Symphony Orchestra With Siri Vik and Time For Three
Jun
3
5:30pm 5:30pm

SYM FEST II: Eugene Symphony Orchestra With Siri Vik and Time For Three

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I'm so thrilled and honored to be a part of this VERY exciting new tradition for the Eugene Symphony Orchestra Saturday June 3 at the Hult Center!

SYMFEST II  is the Symphony's 2nd Annual celebration of the lively arts and culture of Eugene. It truly is a festival: the 5:30 pm Pre-Concert features beverage tastings, food trucks, and live music from local bands. At 7:30 pm the Concert itself on the Silva Concert Hall stage will feature genre-bending trio Time for Three, as well myself performing several orchestral arrangements of the great French chanteuse, Edith Piaf. After the show at 9PM, will be music and dancing in the lobby and the Jazz Lounge on the Soreng Theater stage. 

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SIRI VIK:  FEMME FATALE
Apr
30
3:00pm 3:00pm

SIRI VIK: FEMME FATALE

Siri's new cabaret evening at the Shedd explores Femme Fatàle, this most provocative artistic muse and controversial feminine archetype. Accompanied by an excellent 7-piece ensemble, this three-set show will stretch into diverse musical territory, from Alban Berg's Lulu to Puccini's Tosca, Bizet's Carmen, over to classic folk and pop with song selections by The Velvet Underground, The Rolling Stones, Tom Waits and Bob Dylan; some of the greatest standards from early to late films noir, and to the work of more contemporary, alternative songwriters Bjork, Nick Lowe and Laura Mvula.  Femme Fatàle is a conversation-in-theater and music -- a conversation which moves beyond stiletto heels and come-hither stares, to the nature of male desire and female response to desire, objectification, the imposition of courtly love, the unwritten rules of binary gender -- the ways we still dance this dance, and the ways we break free.

Jacqua Hall, The Shedd. April 28, 29, 7:30; April 30 3pm Matinee. Cabaret seating on floor, concert seating in balcony. Tickets: theshedd.org

 

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SIRI VIK:  FEMME FATALE
Apr
29
7:30pm 7:30pm

SIRI VIK: FEMME FATALE

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Siri's new cabaret evening at the Shedd explores Femme Fatàle, this most provocative artistic muse and controversial feminine archetype. Accompanied by an excellent 7-piece ensemble, this three-set show will stretch into diverse musical territory, from Alban Berg's Lulu to Puccini's Tosca, Bizet's Carmen, over to classic folk and pop with song selections by The Velvet Underground, The Rolling Stones, Tom Waits and Bob Dylan; some of the greatest standards from early to late films noir, and to the work of more contemporary, alternative songwriters Bjork, Nick Lowe and Laura Mvula.  Femme Fatàle is a conversation-in-theater and music -- a conversation which moves beyond stiletto heels and come-hither stares, to the nature of male desire and female response to desire, objectification, the imposition of courtly love, the unwritten rules of binary gender -- the ways we still dance this dance, and the ways we break free.

Jacqua Hall, The Shedd. April 28, 29, 7:30; April 30 3pm Matinee. Cabaret seating on floor, concert seating in balcony. Tickets: theshedd.org

 

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SIRI VIK: FEMME FATALE
Apr
28
7:30pm 7:30pm

SIRI VIK: FEMME FATALE

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Siri's new cabaret evening at the Shedd explores Femme Fatàle, this most provocative artistic muse and controversial feminine archetype. Accompanied by an excellent 7-piece ensemble, this three-set show will stretch into diverse musical territory, from Alban Berg's Lulu to Puccini's Tosca, Bizet's Carmen, over to classic folk and pop with song selections by The Velvet Underground, The Rolling Stones, Tom Waits and Bob Dylan; some of the greatest standards from early to late films noir, and to the work of more contemporary, alternative songwriters Bjork, Nick Lowe and Laura Mvula.  Femme Fatàle is a conversation-in-theater and music -- a conversation which moves beyond stiletto heels and come-hither stares, to the nature of male desire and female response to desire, objectification, the imposition of courtly love, the unwritten rules of binary gender -- the ways we still dance this dance, and the ways we break free.

Jacqua Hall, The Shedd. April 28, 29, 7:30; April 30 3pm Matinee. Cabaret seating on floor, concert seating in balcony. Tickets: theshedd.org

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Do I Move You?: The Life and Music of Nina Simone
Apr
15
to Apr 17

Do I Move You?: The Life and Music of Nina Simone

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Friday April 15 & Saturday April 16 7:30 pm; Sunday April 17 2pm

Tickets:  theshedd.org

 

A Note about the Show: 

“...I’ll tell you what freedom is to me: No fear. I mean, really, no fear! If I could have that half my life, no fear, that’d be something else...like a new way of seeing...” -- Stephen Rodis, Nina Simone: A Historical Perspective (1968)

Nina Simone was not a jazz, blues, folk or pop singer. Or she was all those things. She once said, if her music must have a label it would be most accurate to call it “Black classical music.” Even with that, though, she can’t really be categorized. She sang and played whatever she pleased. It was always the truth.

“Nina Simone was the greatest interpreter of sadness and feelings of our times.” -- Miles Davis

“...where jazz artists explore the melodic and harmonic possibilities within any given song, Nina Simone’s artistry is about exploring the emotional and spiritual possibilities. More to the point, she used a piece of music as a vehicle to achieve emotional and spiritual states.” -- world music critic Randall Grass, Great Spirits

Most fans, friends, music critics and fellow artists remember Nina Simone’s unique power to transform an audience -- even to affect trance, transport, transcendence. She was dubbed the “High Priestess of Soul” by a record label. That might have been clever branding at the time, but the phrase is not in her case hyperbole. In the world, she was untempered, imperious, unstable and difficult at times. In music, she was uncompromising -- a force to be reckoned with. Despite or because of her musical gift, Nina Simone suffered. A sore grief over failing to realize her dream to become a concert pianist never quite healed. Her rage against racism and discrimination in the US never resolved. She lived an worked through mental illness, violence, and huge loneliness. She was, in a way, a wounded healer. In the end, her gift endures. Her music has the uncanny power to move at-depth today.

I first heard Nina Simone’s voice at 19, on a soundtrack to a movie. I wore out that first $3.99 greatest hits cassette tape. I felt like I had discovered a precious treasure. I felt a kinship with her music, her aesthetic. These 25 years later, her music and her message take my breath away, continue to reveal to me...well, big, expansive stuff. To explore this one-of-a-kind artistic voice at The Shedd and for you all -- oh! It is for me a great, great joy.

Our show includes songs which are among Nina Simone’s best: "I Loves You Porgy", "Sinnerman", "My Baby Just Cares for Me", "Little Girl Blue", and (how could we leave it out?) "Feeling Good". We will also perform some of her lesser-known, though exquisite, pop, folk and classical song interpretations. Truly, as a vast number of songs and styles in her discography are considered “essential” Nina Simone, this program is eclectic, diverse and powerful as the pianist- singer herself.

On that last, yet very important note, the piano: I am most delighted to partner with Eugene pianist and arranger Nathan Alef, along with band members Jesse Cloninger, reeds; Milo Fultz, bass; Jack Radsliff, guitar and drummer Merlin Showalter, in creating this layered and moving musical story of a true original American musical voice, Nina Simone. -- Siri Vik

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LA VIE EN ROSE 100 at Marshanne Winery, Oakland, Oregon
May
16
8:30pm 8:30pm

LA VIE EN ROSE 100 at Marshanne Winery, Oakland, Oregon

We're delighted to return to Marshanne Winery and lovely hosts Greg & Fran Kramer

for an outdoor concert on the balcony overlooking their vineyards.

This year we excited to return with our full band for LA VIE EN ROSE 100

With a wonderful audience, an intimate but fun listening room vibe, an always-amazing spread of wine and heavy hors d'oeurves in the tasting room at intermission, this music series is one of our most favorite, we look forward to performing there tucked within in the South Umpqua Valley Hills, north of Roseburg Oregon, is a hidden gem of a music experience. 

RESERVATIONS ONLY: CALL 541-459-7998 

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