Coming this August 10th is the Majestic Theatre’s Centennial Celebration, featuring celebrated Portland Cello Project, the virtuoso, multi-genre instrumentalist group that boasts an impressive repertoire including covers of songs by Rihanna, Radiohead, Johannes Brahms, and so on. With every series of performance, the group attempts a new program of songs, arranged by the group’s members and written by Douglas Jenkins with contributions from Kevin Jackson and Skip von Kuske. Additionally, in accordance with the groups ethos of building bridges across all musical genres and communities, non-cellist collaborators, including full choirs, winds, horns, and percussion, are included on almost every show. The group’s first tour ever was as main support for well-known rock guitarist Buckethead in December 2008. From here, these musicians have entertained a multitude of venues as diverse as Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, Bowery Ballroom in New York City, and punk club, Dempsey’s, in Fargo, North Dakota.
The Majestic’s Theatre has charmed and entertained audiences since it opened as a grand cinema palace and Vaudeville hall in 1913. In 1949, the theatre closed and reopened as the Varisty, screening films over the next 33 years. In 1985, the city of Corvallis purchased the venue, restoring it and renaming it The Majestic Theatre. Following this, in 2000, the Majestic would be refurbished as a performing arts center with dance and rehearsal studios, an education center, and meeting rooms.
So come out and celebrate the Majestic’s 100th birthday! Show starts at 7:30 PM with wine tasting beginning at 6:30 PM. Reserve seating available for $25-$40. Call 541-738-7469 or visit www.majestic.org to purchase tickets.
By Joel Southall