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Other items include Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Jimmie Herrod on 'AGT' and Feast Portland.

COURTESY PHOTO: PETE CHECCIA - The opening weekend of Chamber Music Northwest's Summer Festival features the East Coast Chamber Orchestra.Chamber Music Northwest

The 2021 Summer Festival put on by Chamber Music Northwest begins Thursday, July 1, at Reed College. It's the 51st annual festival, and it's four weeks of live musical programming and an at-home series.

There'll be 17 events with limited seating at Reed College's Kaul Auditorium, and two free outdoor concerts. The At-Home Festival begins July 15 with produced recordings of the 2021 concerts and continues through Aug. 31.

Opening night features the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. July 1 (as well as July 2-3 and 4 p.m. July 4), playing Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky. The first two concerts include a concerto with new CMNW artistic directors Gloria Chien and Soovin Kim, and next two feature the acclaimed Jupiter Quartet.

For more: cmnw.org.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Reminder: The festival in Ashland returns to in-person shows beginning on July 1 with Cheryl L. West's "Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer," staged in OSF's outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theatre.

For more: osfashland.org.

Herrod on 'AGT'

Storm Large auditioned on "America's Got Talent," and then the next week Portland singer Jimmie Herrod appeared on the popular NBC show.

Herrod, 30, sang "Tomorrow" from the musical "Annie." The judges were moved and Sofia Vergara gave him the "Golden Buzzer," meaning Herrod advanced automatically to the live shows this summer.

"I had to," Vergara told Herrod, who has a master's in jazz studies from Portland State University and teaches music online and performs. "You deserve it."

He said, "When an opportunity presents itself, you run toward it. Just excited to share what I have to offer."

Judge Simon Cowell called "Tomorrow" the "worst song in the world … you should do another song" before Herrod sang, and then afterward said, "It's not my worst song anymore."

Summer Sounds

Lakewood Theatre Company in Lake Oswego is hosting a concert series on Saturdays, July 3-Aug. 28, at a pavilion tent at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St.

It kicks off with Michael Allen Harrison, 7 p.m. Saturday, July 3, followed by 3 Leg Torso on July 10.

For more: lakewood-center.org.

Feast Portland

One of Portland's most popular foodie events returns in July and August. Feast Portland will feature outdoor events to showcase talent throughout the Portland restaurant community.

Feed the Mass is the new charity partner, and Claima Stories features stories about BIPOC leaders in the food and beverage industry. There'll be food and film pairings (Feast Flicks at The Lot at Zidell Yards) and family-style chef collaborations. Feast Portland is described as "hyper local" this year.

For more: feastportland.com.


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