Bits & Pieces: CoHo dealing with passing of artistic director
UPDATE: CoHo Productions has been preparing for in-person shows, but members of the theater company have been working with heavy hearts.
Philip Cuomo, producing artistic director, passed away Saturday, Nov. 27, the company announced. He had been fighting an "aggressive medical condition" for the past couple years. He had been continuing to work, but recently the company announced that "he would not be able to continue his work with us." Isaac Lamb, Cuomo's nephew and Godson, as well as an actor and director, had set up a GoFundMe site for financial help for Cuomo's wife, Maureen.
"CoHo will never be the same without Philip, we feel his absence in every endeavor, but we will always have his vision and spirit to inspire and guide us," the company wrote in an email.
"Philip has done so much for so many, and we owe him more than we can ever repay."
The company sent out more information on Monday:
Philip fell in love with CoHo's mission when he came to Portland in 2003, first joining the company as a co-producer when he brought a play to the mainstage 2012 season. Philip joined CoHo as our producing artistic director one year later, working diligently with The Miller Foundation and our Board of Directors to give CoHo new life, outlining a plan for our little blackbox that would pave the way for successful future seasons. It was Philip's vision for CoHo to create a physical space where new and emerging artists could create art, find joy, and call home.
A magnetic, vivacious human being, Philip developed many of the programs and concepts that are still foundational to how CoHo operates today. Philip gave birth to CoHo Lab, our incubator program that fosters new artists, helping them develop their latest works in a professional setting and giving them a stage to practice their craft. Philip introduced CoHo to the idea of Radical Listening, a way in which we can use our ears and our senses to connect intimately with the world around us. …
Philip created a better world, everywhere he went. Described by his community as "The King of the Clowns," Philip was a beacon of positivity, whose kindness, sense of whimsy, mischievous nature, playful spirit, fierce wit, ferocious talent, and huge heart touched the lives of everyone who's path he crossed.
Philip was deeply loved by us all, which is a sign of a life truly well-lived. His legacy lives on here at CoHo, so while our hearts quietly break, we know there's still good work left to do. May we honor his spirit with compassion, tenacity, humor, and kindness. May we honor his memory by making a commitment to "stop — and find joy."
Cappella Records, the record label of Cappella Romana, has received its first Grammy Awards nomination.
It's for Best Choral Performance for the 2020 release of "Sheehan: Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom," conducted by composer Benedict Sheehan and featuring Michael Hawes, Timothy Parsons, Jason Thomas and The Saint Tikhon Choir.
They'll be doing the performance locally Dec. 4 at St. Mary's Cathedral and Dec. 5 at Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Lake Oswego.
"It is only rarely that a piece of this standard comes into the repertoire, and I hope that many more ensembles will program it as a result of this nomination," said Mark Powell, Cappella Records and Cappella Romana executive director.
Cappella Records has released more than 25 titles, including the Billboard chart-topping "Lost Voices of Hagia Sophia" and "Hymns of Kassiani," the earliest music in the world by a female composer.
For more: cappellaromana.org.
PDX Jazz Fest
The 2022 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival, scheduled for Feb. 17-26, 2022, has announced its lineup.
The festival will feature NEA Jazz Masters Ron Carter, Donald Harrison Jr. and Billy Hart, as well as Grammy winners Carter, Robert Grasper, Gary Bartz, Diane Schuur, Brad Mehldau and Flor de Toloache.
For more: pdxjazz.org.
Following a successful series last summer, there'll be another series of monthly concerts held at the Mt Hood Center in Boring.
The Arena Tribute Series will feature tribute bands courtesy of J-Fell Presents playing all-ages indoor concerts in the 22,000-square-foot Wy'east Arena starting in December.
The series opens Dec. 4 with Stone in Love (Journey) and cover band Radical Revolution. Upcoming tribute bands in the series, which extends through June 2022, include Petty Fever (Tom Petty), Eagle Eyes (Eagles), Notorious (Duran Duran), Glass Of Hearts (Blondie), Bad Moon Riders (Creedence Clearwater Revival), Texas Flood (Stevie Ray Vaughan), Barracuda (Heart/Led Zeppelin), Shooting Star (Bad Company), 5150 (Van Halen/Sammy Hagar) and Crazy Train (Ozzy Osbourne/Black Sabbath).
For tickets and more, see mthoodcenter.com/concerts.
Michael J. Fox
Famous for his role in "Back to the Future," "Family Ties" and "Spin City," as well as his public fight with Parkinson's disease, Michael J. Fox has written a memoir, "No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality."
He'll be joined in conservation with NBC News' Willie Geist in a Powell's Books virtual event, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7.
For more: powells.com.
There are apparently beavers living in saltwater on the Oregon Coast, not just in fresh water, which has surprised wildlife conservationists.
Funded by the Oregon Zoo Foundation, ecologists from The Wetlands Conservancy confirmed through a survey that beavers are using tidal wetlands in Oregon's Central Coast, expanding the scientific understanding of where "nature's engineers" live, according to a zoo news release.
The survey explored estuaries from the Yaquina Bay to the Salmon River and found dams and lodges in areas where scientists had not previously confirmed beavers' presence.
"We've always thought too much saltwater would kill a beaver, but then we started to see evidence up in Washington of them living on the coast and actually building their dams in tidally influenced areas," said Katie Ryan, The Wetlands Conservancy executive director. "That led us to question what's happening here in Oregon."
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