Bits & Pieces: Oregon Symphony gets its new music director, David Danzmayr
Whenever the Oregon Symphony takes the stage live again, it'll have its new music director conducting.
The symphony has named Austrian-born David Danzmayr as its new music director, starting with the 2021-22 season, its 125th anniversary year.
He's recently served as chief conductor of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra and music director of ProMusica Chamber Orchestra. He has conducted orchestras at prominent concert halls in Germany, Italy, Scotland and major United States cities.
He'll replace Carlos Kalmar, who's departing after 18 years — and without the benefit of leading the symphony in live performances in his final season.
Danzmayr believes a composer's musical expression is shaped by their personal environment, family heritage and culture. With that, the symphony's new Creative Alliance of artists and cultural thought leaders will help shape music and performances in his first season.
"As part of my agenda, I'm committed to building upon the symphony's high standard of excellence with music that is meaningful to Oregon audiences," he said.
For more on Danzmayr, see www.orsymphony.org/Danzmayr.
We'll have more later, but make plans to take in Bravo's "Top Chef," which returns to television April 1 and features Portland chefs Gabriel Pascuzzi and Sara Hauman — and filming takes place in Portland for the 18th season.
For the first time, there'll be a rotating judging and dining panel of "Top Chef" all-star winners, finalists and favorites, including Portland's Gregory Gourdet.
Chefs compete in a variety of challenges that include celebrating Portland's Pan-African cuisine to feeding hundreds of frontline workers to crabbing on the Oregon Coast in tribute to culinary icon James Beard.
The annual Cinema Unbound Awards honorees have been announced by Portland Art Museum and Northwest Film Center.
They are Steve McQueen (not the late American actor, but an Academy Awards-winning British filmmaker), Garrett Bradley, Gus Van Sant, Mollye Asher and Alex Bulkley.
The awards will be presented March 4 as the kickoff of the 44th Annual Portland International Film Festival. It's free to attend virtually at cinemaunbound.org/awards. There'll also be a drive-in awards experience (for tickets, see the website).
"The Cinema Unbound Awards celebrate those who are not content to be contained," said Amy Dotson, Northwest Film Center director and Portland Art Museum curator of film and new media.
Beaverton resident Abigail Heringer, 25, and Happy Valley's Pieper James, 23, are vying for Matt James' heart on the dating and relationship reality television series "The Bachelor."
"The Bachelor" airs at 8 p.m. Mondays on KATU (2).
BodyVox Dance's full-length dance film "Figments" had to be postponed because of last week's weather and will be shown 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18-20 as a drive-in event at Zidell Yards, and it's already available for streaming. It's a reimagining of Artistic Directors Jamey Hampton's and Ashley Roland's most visually enticing dances. For more: www.bodyvox.com.
Northwest Children's Theater and School is presenting "Desvelado," streaming online through Feb. 28. The story: What happens when Little One can't sleep? The moon (la luna) comes to the rescue! Joined by Musica (the music of imagination) and a turtle with no name but who is very much loved, Little One and the Harvest Moon count sheep, catch stars and discover true friendship.
For more: www.nwcts.org.
Even though it's months away and outside, the Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest has been designated as a virtual event, June 5 to Sept. 6. Details are still being worked out. For more: www.cannonbeach.org/sandcastle.
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