Eugene Ballet kicks off DNACA’s new season

By Holly O. Austin September 21, 2012 04:30 pm

Performers include the Eugene Ballet Company (Sept. 30)
Performers include the Eugene Ballet Company (Sept. 30)
 Discount tickets 
now available for all 5 shows

The Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness 2012–13 concert season opens Sunday, Sept. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Crescent Elk Auditorium, with a performance by the Eugene Ballet Company.

DNACA’s 30th anniversary season will feature music from around the world — as well as from right at home.

Over the last 34 years, Eugene Ballet Company has grown from a community-based dance group to one of the West’s busiest and most versatile professional companies, performing classical, contemporary and family programs around the world.

 

In 1984, the company performed “The Nutcracker” in Crescent City for DNACA, and in 1998 presented a delightful version of “Alice in Wonderland” for the local Community Concert Association. This time around it will perform  “All You Need is Love,” a collection of contemporary dances set to Beatles music by resident choreographer Toni Pimble.

“It is only rarely that we are able to bring a dance company of this size and stature as part of our series,” said DNACA president Tricia Bruhns. “We are very excited about getting them here as our first performance of the season.”

A lively quartet out of Quebec, Canada, will appear Nov. 13.  Le Vent du Nord’s instrumentation features button accordion, guitar, keyboards and fiddle, as well as a hurdy-gurdy. The band’s brand of French Canadian music is guaranteed to get toes tapping, and is a close kin to Celtic music. 

Le Vent du Nord (Nov. 13)
Le Vent du Nord (Nov. 13)

Considered Master of the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, Keola Beamer is one of Hawaii’s premier  singer/songwriters,  arrangers and composers.  His considerable talent springs from five generations of one of Hawaii’s most illustrious musical families.

On Friday, Jan. 11, 2012, Beamer will be accompanied onstage by his wife, hula master Moanalani, who also chants, sings background vocals and plays ancient Hawaiian percussion instruments.

Feb. 23 will see a unique Local Roots Showcase, as provided by local musicians who are the “Friday night regulars” at Tomasini’s Enoteca.

In a showcase format, they will be performing a smorgasbord of musical styles, including acoustic rock, blues, jazz and folk.

Finally, Väsen will command the stage April 23. For 20 years, this Swedish folk trio has been playing the traditional music learned from older musicians in Sweden’s Uppland region. In addition to viola and guitar, front and center in the trio’s sound is the unique nyckelharpa, a resonating 14th century instrument looking somewhat like a skinny fiddle with keys.

Season tickets are currently on sale at Del Norte Office Supply,Wright’s Custom Framing in Brookings, through the mail at DNACA, P.O. Box 1480, Crescent City, CA 95531, or at the door of the first two performances.

Cost is $65 for general, $50 for seniors 65 years and older, $45 for full-time students from kindergarten through college, and $150 for a family pass. They provide deep discounts compared to the price of all five performances individually, and are transferable and replaceable.