Culture Corvallis: Ukrainian pianist, choral music, Portland Book Festival, Kumoricon and Death Cab

The pianists arrive: On November 6, the first of three recitals will take place in the Steinway Piano series. The series is presented in 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 of the series will be by Vadym Kholodenko. Born in kyiv, Ukraine, Kholodenko gave his first concerts at age 13 in the United States, China, Hungary and Croatia. Winner of the 2013 Cliburn Competition, Kholodenko is known for captivating audiences while performing with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. His prizes also include the Schubert Piano Competition in Dortmund in 2011 and the Sendai Piano Competition in 2010.

Tickets cost between $25 and $28. Find your tickets here.

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

Portland Book Festival: This weekend, drive up I-5 and into downtown PDX for the annual Portland Book Festival.

Starting November 4 (yes, that’s today), pop in and find your next favorite book at the Friday Night Book Market held at the Portland Art Museum, located at 1219 SW Park Ave., Portland, from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. : 00 pm With two ballrooms full of books, music from DJ Jimbo, and space for prints and crafts, it’s going to be a busy night.

Saturday, November 5 is a full day of listening to incredible writers read and talk about their craft while strolling through beautiful works of art, as the museum hosts the event all weekend.

The list of authors who will read or present 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 non-fiction: 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, CJ Evans, Saeed Jones, Courtney Faye Taylor, Tayi Tibble and Shelley Wong.

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

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

Learn more about the events and readings scheduled here.

Animated for three days: If you don’t mind coming to Portland, next weekend might interest 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 any 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 dreaming of, and you’ve got three days of fun in just one sign-up.

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

Death Cab on tour: If you are a Death Cab for Cutie fan, you must go to Hayden Homes Amphitheater website for tickets now. The show is in June 2023, but you know those seats are going to sell out for this PNW favorite.

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

By Sally K Lehman

Angela C. Hale