Its a busy week for the arts at Pacific, FGHS

Trio of performances set autumnal tone on Forest Grove campus, 'Arsenic and Old Lace' delivers final performances
by: John Schrag Forest Grove High School senior Ian Lindsay, stage manager of the drama club’s presentation of ‘Arsenic & Old Lace,’ put finishing touches on the set last week. The 1940s classic plays Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. each night.

It's an arts-filled week at Pacific University.

The school's Autumn Choreographers Concert will take place Thursday, Nov. 17 through Saturday, Nov. 19 in the Tom Miles Theatre (Warner Hall, 2115 Pacific Ave.) on the Forest Grove campus.

Each performance begins at 7:30 p.m. and features the Pacific Dance Ensemble and student choreographers, as well as some of Portland's finest professional choreographers and dancers.

Under the direction of guest choreographer Allie Boyden, the Pacific Dance Ensemble's performance will include a new work, 'Will His Ship Come In.'

The concert is presented by Pacific's Theatre and Dance Department.

Pacific's music department will present its fall philharmonic orchestra concert and Jazz Nite at the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center, 2014 Cedar St., on Friday, Nov. 18 and Saturday, Nov. 19, respectively. Both concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.

Under the direction of Dr. Bryce Seliger, the orchestra will present the march from 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' by John Williams and 'American Salute' by Morton Gould.

Professional musicals Janet Coleman, Adam LaMotte and Noah Seitz will join the orchestra for Beethoven's 'Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello.' Pacific French horn student Chloe Hallyburton will be featured in Saint-Saens' 'Morceau du Concert, Op. 94.'

Jazz Nite will feature 'Birdland'; 'Blue Rondo ala Turk' by Dave Brubeck; 'Emancipation Blues'; 'Blues in the Closet,' and 'That's How We Roll,' a new composition by Gordon Goodwin.

Lead alto sax Emilee Buchanan will solo in the ballad 'Always and Forever.' Pacific's saxophone ensemble also will perform 'Ballad and Caprice for Claire,' 'Broadway' and 'The Chrysanthemum Rag.'

The performance will conclude with a visit by guest artist Farnell Newton on trumpet. He will take the Pacific stage with 'Over the Rainbow' and other trumpet features.

General admission for each evening is $7. Pacific students, faculty and staff, as well as senior citizens 65 and greater, are admitted for $5 each evening.

Tickets to any of the events may be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 503-352-2918 Monday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Forest Grove High School's drama department will present the final two performances of its fall play, 'Arsenic and Old Lace,' on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 18 and 19.

Shows start at 7:30 p.m. in the school auditorium, 1401 Nichols Lane.

The play, written by Joseph Kesselring, is a classic 1940s comedy about a drama critic who learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs and that insanity runs in his family.

Senior citizens are invited to a free performance of the play today, Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 12:30 p.m. in the school auditorium.

Tickets for the final two shows are $4 for students and seniors and $6 for adults. They can be purchased in advance from a cast member or at the door. For more information, call 503-359-2432.