Concerts, Art Shows, MLK Day Events

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer to perform

Composer Caroline Shaw is coming to Willamette University for a residency beginning Jan. 31 and will perform a public concert Feb. 2, according to university organizers.

As well as winning a Pulitzer Prize for music at 30, Shaw has also won two Grammys for contemporary composition and has been nominated for a third, to be announced at the end of the month.

Next month’s concert in Salem will feature a world premiere of his new work – a choral piece with Willamette students commissioned by dramatic vocal arts teacher Katherine Skovira – and will be the second event in the 2021 Goudy Distinguished Artist Series. -22 from Willamette.

His February 2 concert will be at 7:30 p.m. in Hudson Hall, Rogers Music Building on the Willamette Campus, 900 State St. Works will include Shaw’s “To the Hands (cantata)”, “Gustave Le Grey, “Valence” and ” Manus Tua.” The guest artists are the Delgani String Quartet, cellist Valdine Mishkin and the Salem String Quartet.

General admission is $25. Seniors pay $5. Willamette faculty and staff pay $10 and students attend for free. Due to COVID-19, attendees must wear face masks and provide proof of vaccination upon entry to Hudson Hall.

For more information and to purchase tickets, call 503-370-6221 or visit

Nathalie Pate

Girls invited to participate in Speech Trek

The American Association of University Women Salem Branch is holding a Speech Trek contest for all girls currently in grades 10 and 11 at any school in Marion County or Polk County. The top prizes are $500, $300 and $200 cash.

The contest will be held March 5 at 9:30 a.m. at Chemeketa Community College, 4000 Lancaster Dr. NE, Building 20. The theme, in honor of Women’s History Month, is Women’s Advancement in equity.

Interested participants should complete an online application at The deadline is February 19. Email completed forms to

Questions? Call 503-385-1607 or email

Silverton MLK Day Events Scheduled

Two events will be held in conjunction with the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday in Silverton on January 17.

A vigil will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Towne Square Park in Silverton to honor his legacy. It will include traffic salutations with signs quoting from King’s speeches.

It is organized by Silverton People for Peace. For more information, contact Robert Sisk at (503) 873-5307 or

At 6 p.m. on January 17, an MLK celebration will take place via Zoom. Ahjamu Umi, labor organizer and activist for racial and social justice, will deliver a speech titled “American Identity = White Supremacy?

Umi is a novelist and non-fiction writer who has been leading anti-racism workshops for over 10 years.

KBOO 90.7 FM, an independent radio station in Portland, will broadcast a version of Umi’s address. The event is sponsored by Silverton Grange, Silverton People for Peace and KBOO.

Registration is free and available at For more information, contact (503) 873-5307.

–Bill Poehler

Hallie Ford Museum of Art will present the exhibition “Arvie Smith: Scarecrow”

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art’s latest exhibition, “Arvie Smith: Scarecrow,” aims to encourage dialogue about social and racial injustice.

The exhibition runs from January 22 to March 26. The collection, curated by director John Olrantz, includes 26 paintings by Arvie Smith.

Smith’s style of painting is described as figurative and expressionist, according to art museum officials. Her work aims to document the injustices suffered by black people in the United States.

Smith was born in Houston and raised in Texas and Los Angeles. He received a BFA from the Pacific Northwest School of Art in Portland and an MFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.

Smith was a professor of painting at the Pacific Northwest School of Art until his retirement in 2014.

His works can be found in numerous public and private collections, including the Portland Art Museum, Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Oregon State University, University of Maryland Global Campus, and the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art.

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University is located at 700 State St. Hours of operation are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Tickets can be purchased or reserved online at

General admission is $6, $4 for seniors and $3 for students 18 and older. Children 17 and under are free. Admission is free for everyone on Tuesdays.

—Virginia Barreda

The community group organizes a concert

Salem Symphonic Winds will return to the Elsinore Theater at 3 p.m. on January 23 for “Concertango,” its first live performance of the season since theaters closed due to the COVID-19 virus.

The local nonprofit group consists of 50 to 60 adults from the Salem area. Members represent diverse professions and backgrounds, but share a passion for great music.

The musicians are fully vaccinated and have prepared a drama program to entice community members to return to acting, according to a press release.

The concert will include Spanish, Cuban and Mexican music and will feature several soloists, as well as Randy Kem’s jazz band.

Tickets, ranging from $13 to $33, are available at the Elsinore Theater, 170 High St. SE in Salem, or online at

For the sake of public safety, all attendees will be required to show identification and proof of vaccination, or a verified negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours of the performance.

For more information about the program and COVID-19 requirements, visit, call 503-362-0485, or email JohnSkelton@SalemSymphonicWinds.or.

-Capi Lynn

William E. Bennett