ORS presents premiere of 'Shadow and Light, an Alzheimer's Journey'; LO's Will Pomeroy is topic of OHC Chautauqua Oct. 2

ORS presents premiere of 'Shadow and Light, an Alzheimer's Journey'

Oregon Repertory Singers will present the Portland premiere of "Shadow and Light, an Alzheimer's Journey" at 3 p.m. Sept. 28 and 29 at the First United Methodist Church, 1838 S.W. Jefferson St., Portland.

Northwest composer Joan Syzmko describes her composition as a "poignant, loving witness to a growing population that feels largely invisible and ignored — those with Alzheimer's dementia, their care partners and loved ones."

"Shadow and Light" will be directed by ORS Artistic Director Ethan Sperry, and will feature soloists Christine Meadows, Arwen Myers and Brendan Tuohy with Margie Boule as narrator.

The dress rehearsal Friday, Sept. 27, will be open to families, care partners and those affected by Alzheimer's disease to experience the work in a more intimate way. Contact the ORS office for more information at 503-230-0652.

Tickets to the Saturday and Sunday concerts range in price from $20 to $40 and can be purchased online at by calling 800-838-3006. Season ticket subscriptions start at $80.COURTESY PHOTO - The diary written by Lake Oswego resident Will Pomeroy in 1883 will be the topic of the Chautauqua on First Wednesday taking place Oct. 2 at Oswego Heritage House. The event is free and open to all. The program begins at 7 p.m.

LO's Will Pomeroy is topic of OHC Chautauqua Oct. 2

Oswego Heritage Council will present its Chautauqua on First Wednesday Oct. 2 taking place at Oswego Heritage House and Museum, 398 10th St., Lake Oswego. Guest speaker will be local historian Susanna Kuo, sharing the journey she and Lake Oswego Public Librarian Claire Kellogg undertook in exploring the contents of a diary Kellogg found advertised by an East Coast bookdealer.

The diary was written in 1883 by Will Pomeroy, the 14-year-old son of the superintendent of the Oswego iron mines.

Will's granddaughter, Laura McKeon Scholtz and her husband, Robert A. Scholtz assisted in reconstructing the saga of the Pomeroy family, and will be present at the event.

The Lake Oswego Public Library published "The Diary of Will Pomeroy: A Boy's Life in 1883 Oswego, Oregon" in 2009. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at Oswego Heritage House. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m. It is free and open to all.

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