Corvallis Culture: Ukrainian Pianist, Choral Music, Portland Book Festival, Kumoricon, & Death Cab

The Pianists Are Coming: On Nov. 6, the first of three recitals will take place in the Steinway Piano Series. The series is being brought to town by the Corvallis-OSU Piano International and will be held at the LaSells Stewart Center, located at 875 SW 26th St. 

The first concert in the series will be from Vadym Kholodenko. Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Kholodenko gave his first concerts at age 13 in the USA, China, Hungary, and Croatia. Winner of the 2013 Cliburn Competition, Kholodenko is known for captivating his audiences while playing with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. His awards also include the Schubert Piano Competition, Dortmund in 2011 and the Sendai Piano Competition in 2010.  

Tickets run from $25-$28. Find your tickets here. 

OSU Choral Concert: This coming Thursday, Nov. 10, the Oregon State University choral program will be performing at the First United Methodist Church, located at 1165 NW Monroe Ave. at 7:30 p.m. Come enjoy the Chamber Choir, Vocal Ensemble, Bella Voce, and Meistersingers in what is sure to be an inspiring evening of music. Tickets are $10. 

Portland Book Festival: This weekend, tool your way up I-5 and into Downtown PDX for the annual Portland Book Festival. 

Beginning Nov. 4 (yep, that’s today), get in and find your next favorite book at the Friday Night Book Market being held at the Portland Art Museum, located at 1219 SW Park Ave., Portland, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. With two ballrooms full of books, music by DJ Jimbo, and printmaking and craft areas, it’ll be a full evening. 

Saturday, Nov. 5, is a whole day of listening to amazing writers read and talk about their craft while walking around beautiful art because the museum is hosting the event all weekend.  

The list of authors who will be reading or presenting at the Festival this year includes: 

In fiction: Chelsea Bieker, Lan Samantha Chang, Andrew Sean Greer, Tess Gunty, Emiko Jean, Meng Jin, Mat Johnson, Juhea Kim, Fonda Lee, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Leila Mottley, Daniel Nieh, Tom Perrotta, Jon Raymond, Taylor Jenkins Reid, George Saunders, Morgan Talty, Jess Walter, Cecily Wong, and Lidia Yuknavitch. 

In nonfiction: Rafael Agustin, Reza Aslan, Kate Beaton, Selma Blair, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Melissa Febos, Jon Gray, Pierre Serrao, Lester Walker, Erika Hayasaki, Hua Hsu, Chuck Klosterman, Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe, Jon Mooallem, Casey Parks, and Robin Pecknold. 

In poetry: Eloisa Amezcua, Matthew Dickman, C J Evans, Saeed Jones, Courtney Faye Taylor, Tayi Tibble, and Shelley Wong. 

In young adult: P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast, Aaron Durán, Harper Glenn, Ellen Hagan, April Henry, Justina Ireland, Emiko Jean, Sabina Khan, Naz Kutub, and Casey McQuiston. 

In middle grades: Kwame Alexander, Kat Fajardo, Gale Galligan, Christina Diaz Gonzalez, Jonathan Hill, Amy Kim Kibuishi, Colin Meloy, Jenn Reese, Aron Nels Steinke, and Renée Watson. 

Find out more about the events and readings scheduled here. 

Anime for Three Days: If you don’t mind coming up to Portland, then next weekend might hold some interest for you with the 20th annual Kumoricon. This anime festival includes panels and autograph opportunities with dozens of voice actors, a concert with J-pop band Burnout Syndrome, and space to be whatever cosplay character you can imagine. Add to that a place to buy that graphic novel you’ve been looking for, Funko Pop dolls galore, and the K-pop album you’ve been craving, and you’ve got three days worth of fun wrapped into one registration. 

Kumoricon will be held at the Oregon Convention Center, located at 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, from Nov. 11-13. Registration information is here. 

Death Cab on Tour: If you’re a fan of Death Cab for Cutie, then you need to get to the Hayden Homes Amphitheater website for tickets now. The show is in June of 2023, but you know those seats are going to sell out for this PNW favorite.  

If you love Death Cab but can’t make it on June 17 (the Bend show), then consider a drive north to the east end of Multnomah County and see them at Edgefield on June 16. Both venues are decidedly on the cool side of places to see people sing, and both are going to be full shows, so get your tickets soon.  

By Sally K Lehman 

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