Posted October 12, 2017 at 08:00 PM | Updated October 12, 2017 at 08:00 PM
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The Vanport flood of 1948. (Oregonian file photo)
By Amy Wang | The Oregonian/OregonLive
Here are our picks for theater and classical music performances and visual arts events for Oct. 13-19.
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A photograph from last year’s Vanport Mosaic Festival, which celebrated the history and lives of those living in the community of Vanport. (Vanport Mosaic Festival)
The 1948 flood that destroyed Vanport, the North Portland community that was home to 40,000 people, continues to reverberate through local history. A new drama, “Left Hook,” by Portland playwright Rich Rubin, examines those reverberations amid the context of current developments such as the Portland Housing Bureau’s “right of return” policy, meant to assist those displaced from North and Northeast Portland. Damaris Webb directs a staged reading co-sponsored by Vanport Mosaic, a nonprofit that works to preserve Vanport’s legacy. 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1624 N.E. Hancock St. Suggested $10 donation, reservations recommended, [email protected].
Cellist Johannes Moser
The acclaimed cellist Johannes Moser, who won the prestigious International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow at age 22, will perform Camille Saint-Saens’ landmark piece Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor with the Oregon Symphony. Swiss conductor Baldur Bronnimann is guest conductor for a program that also includes Dmitri Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony and Angela Da Ponte’s “The Rising Sea.” 7:30 p.m. Saturday-Monday, Oct. 14-16, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway. Tickets start at $24, orsymphony.org or 503-228-1353.
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Pianist Nazig Azezian and cellist Jussi Makkonen will perform a concert featuring works by their fellow Finn Jean Sibelius at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17 in Portland. (Matti Makkonen)
This year is the 100th anniversary of Finland’s independence from Russia, and the celebration is extending to Portland with “Sibelius Inspiration,” a concert featuring works by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. Finnish cellist Jussi Makkonen and Finnish pianist Nazig Azezian will perform a half-dozen pieces and present a multimedia piece about their homeland. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, Nordia House, 8800 S.W. Oleson Road. $17-$22, scanheritage.org or 503-977-0275.
Film still from Xi Jie Ng’s “Singapore Minstrel,” a feature fantasy-documentary about the wildest busker in a country once ranked the world’s most emotionless society.
Arlene Schnitzer Visual Art Prize Exhibition
The Portland State University School of Art + Design has celebrated emerging artists each year since 2013 with the Arlene Schnitzer Visual Art Prize. This year’s winners are Shawn Creeden, who crafts “sculptural objects and sensuous installations” from living and found materials; Jake Manning, a painter who explores themes of isolation and “the malleability of human perspective,” among others; and Xi Jie Ng (Salty), who creates “collaborative encounters.” Award presentation and reception, 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18; on view, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday through Oct. 25, Autzen Gallery, Neuberger Hall, 724 S.W. Harrison St. Free, pdx.edu/art-design/autzen-gallery or 503-725-3515.