Arts & Entertainment News March 2024

image of the northern lights with text reading "the Oregon chorale presents songs of Scandinavia"

Collaborating with our community is a fundamental aspect of the Oregon Chorale’s identity and mission. Through our Emerging Voices Internship program, we welcome students from Washington County high schools into our ranks at every Oregon Chorale concert. At our Songs of Scandinavia concerts in March, featuring the Portland Nordic Chorus, we are proud to also be collaborating with members of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony, Portland Youth Philharmonic, and Pacific Rose Ensemble whose mission is “to provide young composers and musicians an accessible opportunity to display their work while connecting community members of all ages and backgrounds to the world of classical music.”

Based on the true story of the Von Trapp Family Singers, this musical captures a personal tale of growth and hope during World War II. Tickets can be purchased in advance here

The Beaverton Community Band proudly presents a lively collection of music for all ages featuring soloists from within the band family. Led by conductor Martin Sobelman, the concert will present alto saxophone soloist Jacob Mertz on “Flight of the Bumblebee,” by Rimsky-Korsakoff. Clarinetist Carrie Reeber and accordionist Kathy Grambsch will pair up for John Williams’ “Viktor’s Tale,” which was featured in the Steven Spielberg film The Terminal.

Additionally, Carter Webber, tuba, will be joined by narrator Hale Thornburgh on
Tubby the Tuba,” by George Kleinsinger. The piece follows Tubby the Tuba from his tired life of playing only the bass line, to Tubby making friends with a frog who teaches him a melody. With the frog’s help, Tubby plays a solo!  “Harmonica Wizard,” by the march king John Phillip Sousa will feature Damien Masterson as our soloist. Our concert stars are rounded out with Maia Hollander-Leiste on cello and Judy Krohn on harp for “The Swan,” from “The Carnival of the Animals,” by Camille Saint-Saens.

The BCB Saxophone Quartet will play a variety of spring and Irish-theme pieces before the concert. Intermission will include an instrument ‘petting zoo’ for children young and old to familiarize themselves with band instruments. 

Woodstove Exchange

For over 40 years, the Beaverton Community Band has shared its music, making it the oldest standing community band in Washington County. BCB keeps the long-standing community wind band tradition alive through diverse local performances and by fostering the next generation of musicians through music education. The band’s members volunteer their time to support music educators throughout the Beaverton School District to encourage beginning musicians and build a vibrant arts community. Visit the BCB website for more information. This concert is funded in part by a grant from the City of Beaverton Arts Program, a strong supporter of Arts and Cultural events in the community.

Set to an eclectic, upbeat score, Kipling’s Just So Stories are woven with wit and imagination into a song-filled journey through the jungle. Audiences will not only be highly entertained but also inspired by the underlying message–that one determined individual can make a real difference in this world. “Just So,” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

The Beaverton Symphony Orchestra program will include Rossini’s “Overture,” from “The Italian in Algiers,” the “Glazunov Violin Concerto,” and Dvorak’s “Symphony No. 8.” Executive Director Christine Devlin said, “The melancholic “Glazunov Violin Concerto” pairs beautifully with the unrestrained joy of Dvorak’s “8th Symphony.” These tremendous pieces capture the transition from the end of winter to the beginning of spring. This concert celebrates the melodic diversity classical music offers.” 

BSO also welcomes Music Director finalist Pierre Chevalier and violinist Nelly Kovalev for the Spring Concert. Join the symphony as they continue their conductor search and celebrate their 40th anniversary season. Read more about the conductor finalist and violinist here.

A reminder that the Art Gallery will be temporarily closed while water damage due to the storm last month is being repaired. We look forward to seeing you at the gallery soon. But the shows go on! Here is a sampling:

Sea Turtle, watercolor, by Debbie Teeter

For more details about classes and events please visit the VGA website.

Join us for an afternoon of experiencing art, talking with artists, and refreshments. Hear from Featured Artist Debbie Teeter and see the new show!

About the Artist: Debbie Teeter: Art has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. In college I became enamored with painting plants. As my studies expanded, so did my subjects. These days whenever I’m stuck for ideas, I revisit plants for their ephemeral nature, bold colors, and dynamic lines. Most of my recent work is in acrylic or watercolor and I’m always game for new ways of exploring these media.

Joie De Vivre, 18”x24″, oil on canvas, by Natasha Ramras

Friday, March 8 is International Women’s Day. This painting is meant to celebrate all of the fabulous women at the gallery and raise a glass for their success and art enjoyment.

Anyone may enter this show. Sign up now! Like last year, adult entry fees are $15 for each 10″x10″ wood panel. Each youth participant (18 & younger) will be given one free 6″x6″ stretched canvas. Youth entrants preferring a 10″ square wood panel may purchase one. For prospectus with all the details and important dates, see the event page

Come with your art materials and join other artists in pursuing their individual projects. Please RSVP to

Join an exciting class learning a variety of art forms! A team of rotating instructors provides a chance to explore a variety of media and approaches while building artistic concepts and skills. All supplies included.

Projects include: Renaissance Painting, Ceramics, Momigami. Sign up soon!

Let your creative juices flow! Explore a variety of materials & techniques to see what works for you. Try something new each week. Beginners are very welcome! All supplies included. Featured projects: Zentangle, Mosaic Birdhouses, Easter Egg Watercolors, & “Sweet” Acrylics. Sign up soon!

Beginner to advanced. Learn hand building techniques in clay. Day 1 is learning to build and making pots and garden decorations. Day 2 is for glazing and finishing your creations. Work will be picked up one week later at VGA (date TBD).

Watercolor by Susan Pfahl

Watercolor for beginners. Each class we will experiment with how the paint and paper and water react together. Then we will paint a simple subject incorporating this “experiment” into our work. Masterpieces are unlikely, but skills will increase. No prerequisites needed. Returning students are welcome to repeat this course. New projects and techniques will be presented in each subsequent series of this class.

Illuminated letters were popular in the middle ages when there was no light besides daylight, candle light or fire light. They were made to catch the available light to gain the attention of the reader. Students will create their own illuminated letter, or use a pre-drawn letter from the instructor, size 4”x6”. The letters can be decorated with gold or silver paint and other colors to create a small work of art. When you register for this class, please advise which letter you would like to make. All supplies provided.

Learn to coil, a basket weaving technique, using seagrass and waxed linen thread on the rim of a precut gourd, then drop down to the body of the gourd and cover with knotless netting. Lash wool roving to the rim and embellish with pre-drilled seashells and beads. You should be able to finish this project in class. No weaving experience is required.

Explore the basics of weaving a simple basket by creating a Sally Bag with a simple two-color pattern. Finish this in time to give as a unique Mother’s Day gift! This class will cover weaving a round base, single twining, double twining with two colors, and finishing a rim. This basic basket also has a fabric liner that will be made in class. Hemp material for basket warp will be provided.

The VGA mission is to: ignite the joy of learning, creating and appreciating art in our community. We support professional and emerging artists by providing high quality affordable art education to children and adults as well as providing venues for sharing their work. Village Gallery of Arts is a non-profit (501c3) organization, receives no taxpayer money, and is staffed entirely by member volunteers.