Newport Performing Arts Center Milestone Celebration

Starts:Saturday, February 02, 2013  2:00 PMEnds:Saturday, February 02, 2013  3:30 PM
Cost:

Free

Location:

Newport Performing Arts Center

777 W. Olive Street
Newport, OR 97365

Event Description:

Oregon Coast Council for the Arts Capital Campaign: An Enhancement and Expansion of the Newport Performing Arts Center.

You Are Invited!

Demonstration of new sound system and concert with local performers. Recognition of donors and presentations about future projects. Reception following.

The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA) invites you to the unveiling of a new sound system in the Alice Silverman Theater at the Newport Performing Arts Center. The Milestone Celebration will be held on Saturday, February 2 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Admission is free.
 
The celebration will include performances, donor recognition, and information about the expansion and enhancement projects planned for the future, with a reception following in the lobby. The performers that will utilize and demonstrate the new sound equipment are:  Past Forward Jazz Group, Women of Note, Vickie Steen, Khlo Brateng, Akia Woods, Brian Haggerty, Sara Coxen, Megan Walters, Stephanie Lilley, Stuart Clausen, Milo Graamans, Kyle Bertness, and Stephan.  The piano accompanists will be: Mary Lee Scoville, Jessie Treon, Ramona Martin, and Sarah Ball.
 
Brian Timme of Ultrasonic Events, Newport and George Relles of Relles Sound from Eugene have worked with the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, a local volunteer group and the City of Newport to plan and install the new system.  The equipment includes sound mixers, speakers, microphones, stage monitors and control equipment that will support performances when sound amplification is needed.  It will also enhance the audience experience during programs shown on the screen or presented on stage with recorded sound tracks.
 
The Milestone Celebration is the first of many Celebrations as the expansion and enhancement of the Newport Performing Arts Center unfolds. This past year the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts was awarded a Tourism Facilities Grant from the City of Newport.  The $250,000 matching grant will be tapped over the next two years as the project phases take place. The projects slated for the future include an electronic acoustical system for the Alice Silverman Theater. The acoustical enhancement will transform the space at the push of a button to accommodate the various sounds of performances - from classic theater to a symphony orchestra, and everything in between.
 
On the more practical side, there are plans to add more stalls to the women's bathroom, enlarge the lobby, and update the lighting system for both theaters. The biggest phase of the project will expand the Studio Theater and backstage areas, which will better allow for simultaneous programs and increase the capacity of the facility.
 
Annually, The PAC is home to over 170 performances, 26,275 attendees, and 790 participants on stage and back-stage. Over the last 24 years over 517,000 people have attended ticketed performances. Another 117,500 people have experienced the arts through rehearsals, school shows, community events, regional and statewide music festivals, workshops, and meetings. The PAC is the heart and soul of 12 resident presenters: three theatre companies, three dance groups, a symphony, two choral ensembles, a film series, the Oregon Coast Jazz Party, and HD Live! All of these resident companies provide a vast compliment of opportunities for hands-on learning and participation in the performing arts to people of all ages.
 
The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, a nonprofit arts organization, promotes and provides high-caliber arts experiences on the Oregon coast.  Located in Newport it manages the Newport Performing Arts Center and the Newport Visual Arts Center.
 
For more information call 541-265-ARTS (2787) or email OCCA Executive Director Catherine Rickbone at crickbone@coastarts.org.

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