Win Tickets ($40): Tomas Svoboda 75th Anniversary @ Saint Annes Chapel, Marylhurst University | Featuring Agnieszka Laska Dancers, Pianist Igor Lipinski

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Tomas Svoboda 75th Anniversary @ Saint Annes Chapel, Marylhurst University on December 6-7. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, December 5.

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Tomas SvobodaTomas Svoboda 75th Anniversary
December 6-7, 2014
7 pm. | Students $10-15 / General $20 | All Ages
Tickets: svoboda75.bpt.me

Saint Annes Chapel, Marylhurst University
Furman Dr, Lake Oswego, OR , OR 97034

In the classical concert hall tradition, Tomas Svoboda is Oregon’s most performed living composer — over 1000 performances world wide. His long career as composer, performer, educator has left an indelible impression on our fine art musical culture. Literally hundreds of students have learned performance techniques, composition and theory from the periphery of his brilliant musical mind. Svoboda’s “Etudes…” (in Fugue Style) are held by many to embody his core compositional essence, a carefully crafted musical vocabulary built primarily of imitation counter point, crisply turned phrasing and rock-solid structure.

Tomas Svoboda is a rare artist and this performance is a rare opportunity. The complete set of NINE ETUDES in Fugue Style (both volumes) has only ever been performed a few times, usually in private salon concerts. The last public performance was on this same Saint Annes Chapel, Marylhurst University stage by Tomas Svoboda himself — the 2002 concert celebrating the NINE ETUDES… CD release on the North Pacific Music Label.

Agnieszka Laska has set dance to more of Svoboda’s music than any other choreographer to date. Anyone hearing for the first time these etudes should be struck immediately that they call out to be danced. Laska and Svoboda share Slavic backgrounds, clearly seen and heard in their collaborations. Polish-American pianist Igor Lipinski’s contribution to this performance will certainly realize both Laska’s and Svoboda’s expectations.

Tomas Svoboda is the first Oregon musician to take the stage with Agnieszka Laska’s choreography – 2001, AUTUMN in PCPA’s Winningstad Theatre. Since, Tomas and Agnieszka have worked together many times, either with Tomas as soloist or with his Trio Spektrum ensemble. Laska’s close work with Svoboda and his musical associates has led to many commissions and collaborations with regional musicians and composers.

Seven years after staging the first set, THREE ETUDES ON LOVE, (Etudes Nos. 6, 7, 8) of Tomas Svoboda’s masterful set of piano etudes, the entire collection is scheduled for premiere on Tomas Svoboda’s 75th Anniversary (Dec. 6, 2014). Having performed the THREE ETUDES ON LOVE set with Tomas several times, we deeply regret that due to medical circumstances, Tomas cannot perform with us now. We offer this tribute for Tomas, his family, colleagues and fans – a tribute to one of Oregon’s most prominent cultural treasures. Since the 2007 premiere of THREE ETUDES ON LOVE – – Agnieszka Laska has been steadily choreographing and bringing out additional pieces on small stages.

Now, with the help of ALD’s strong company of dancers and aspiring choreographers*, the entire set is taken to a public stage of substantial size. Saint Annes Chapel, Marylhurst University typically serves as a classical music concert hall. ALD will fully adapt it to a modern dance stage, in a fully lighted, fully costumed performance with live music by Igor Lipinski, who has collaborated with Agnieszka Laska and ALD in the last year in THE CHOPIN PROJECTIgor Lipinski.

Dancers: Kelsey Adams*, Sissy Dawson*, Karissa Dean, Allie Fahsholz*, Sharon Lane*, Lauren Sprague*, Caitlin Wichlacz, Merlin Benneth, Kentrel Wesson, Keyon Gaskin.
*choreographer

The 75-th Anniversary celebration and production of ALLEGRO CON HUMORE is made possible by generous support of Ronni Lacroute and WillaKenzie estate.

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7 Responses to Win Tickets ($40): Tomas Svoboda 75th Anniversary @ Saint Annes Chapel, Marylhurst University | Featuring Agnieszka Laska Dancers, Pianist Igor Lipinski

  1. Joe December 2, 2014 at 4:25 pm #

    I’d love to experience one the greats!

  2. Neysa Terry-Gray December 3, 2014 at 5:03 pm #

    I would love to expose our children, ages 13 and 14 to a musical genius as Mr. Svoboda. The free tickets would be much appreciated.

  3. Cris December 3, 2014 at 11:23 pm #

    This would honestly be so awesome to see. After watching the Nutcracker when I was like 12 for the first time, I always have had a heart for musicals. This is a dancing musical which is even cooler.

  4. Danielle December 4, 2014 at 7:23 pm #

    I would love to see this kind of dance performance.

  5. Janet December 4, 2014 at 9:06 pm #

    I would love to experience this dance project. It sounds amazing. Really cool to see such fantastic local talent.

  6. Fabian Dorgan December 5, 2014 at 10:19 am #

    I’d love to experience this moving, incredible tribute to Tomas and his family. Music, dance and art in general are the loves of my life. I think this would be bliss!

  7. Darcey Priss December 5, 2014 at 10:23 am #

    I’d like to attend to experience the magnificent music and dance, see the beautiful setting and share it all with my mom. I used to be able to dance before I became disabled. Watching dancers now, I feel free like I used to when I danced. It’s a beloved tradition for so many, I would love to go for the first time and include my mom.

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