Bits & Pieces
Air Show lineup
From the Hillsboro Tribune:
The Canadian Forces' Snowbirds will headline next year's Oregon International Air Show.
The Snowbirds last performed in Hillsboro four years ago, and have headlined the air show three times in the past 25 years.
"The Snowbirds were a tremendous hit the last time they appeared here, and we are excited to get them back after a four-year absence," says Bill Braack, president of the Oregon International Air Show. "The Snowbirds are just the beginning of what is going to be a blockbuster lineup of world-class air show entertainment in the sky and on the ground at our 2018 show."
The Snowbirds, a nine-member group flying red and white CT-114 Tutors, are one of only three military jet teams from North America. The team was the top target for Oregon Air Show officials, says Herb Gillian, a spokesperson for the air show.
"They only have four shows in the U.S. this year," Gillian says. "We're very lucky to get them and very excited to have them."
The air show is set for Sept. 28-30, later than the air show historically has run. While the show has typically taken place earlier in summer, the date was moved to September due to extreme heat in 2015.
"When we've had shows in September recently, it has been great weather," Gillian says. "But primarily, we're going to hold the show when we can get a featured performer. The Snowbirds typically stay in Canada in the summer months."
Tickets will go on sale in January. Gillian says the 2018 show will include a visit from an A-10 Thunderbolt. More performances will be announced over the next few months.
Gillian says restrictions at Hillsboro Airport bring logistical challenges to hosting some air show jet teams, such as the U.S. Navy Blue Angels or the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.
The Thunderbirds require a long runway, forcing the Air Force jet team to deploy from Portland International Airport, Gillian says. The unorthodox setup is something the air show has done in the past, but Oregon Air Show officials did not submit an application for the Blue Angels or Thunderbirds for 2018, he says.
The Blue Angels, which typically draw large crowds to the annual event, have not performed in Hillsboro since 2015 and had to cancel their 2013 performance due to a scheduling conflict.
"There are some issues with getting the Blue Angels to fly in the box (in Hillsboro)," Gillian says. "It's a nonstandard box that makes getting to fly there unusual. It's not out of the question, but it's not going to be every other year."
The Portland Opera, which operates on a spring/summer schedule, has announced the hiring of young singers as its resident artists.
More than 300 people applied, and the opera selected four:
• Soprano Helen Huang: Founder of Voices of the East, a collective that advocates for Asian and Asian-American classical singers.
• Mezzo-soprano Kate Farrar: Entering her second stint as a resident artist.
• Tenor Thomas Cilluffo: He has a master of music degree from the University of Michigan.
• Bass Shi Li: A graduate of Shanghai Conservatory of Music in China.
They'll give a series of community performances, starting with the 2018 Portland Winter Light Festival, and then begin rehearsals for the April 14 Big Night concert.
Coffee Creek concert
The Oregon Symphony will return to Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville for a holiday concert, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12.
An all-female string ensemble from the Oregon Symphony will join the Coffee Creek Women's Choir, under the direction of Sarah Goff of the Intergenerational Choirs of Oregon and associate conductor Norman Huynh.
Inmates and staff will enjoy a medley of holiday music that will culminate in a sing-along of traditional holiday carols.
Participating and attending the concert is something that inmates apply to do, with admittance based on good behavior.
The Oregon Symphony has added k.d. lang to its 2017-18 season. She'll be on her "Ingenue Redux 25th Anniversary" tour.
It takes place 8 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Tickets, starting at $35, go on sale Friday, Dec. 8. For more: www.orsymphony.org.
The Broadway in Portland season includes "The Book of Mormon," "Hamilton" and another big-time show, "Les Miserables."
Tickets are on sale for "Les Miserables" shows, June 19-24 at Keller Auditorium.
For more: www.BroadwayInPortland.com.