The new musical, Constance, premiered at the Oregon Musical Theatre Festival!Constance Lloyd and Oscar Wilde, scandalous celebrities of the Victorian Era, are the personalities, both real and imagined at the center of the original musical production in Center Stage during the Oregon Musical Theatre Festival’s 2013 summer production. This original musical, brought to life by the book of Troy Pennington, and the music and lyrics of Jason Heald is an absurdist depiction of this heartbreaking, tough and yet vibrant couple. An explosion of imagination and relentless churn of intellect and wit!
The Umpqua Singers performed in Rio de Janeiro!
The Umpqua Singers, the vocal jazz ensemble from Umpqua Communtiy College, received a warm Brazilian welcome during their recent tour which included performances in Rio de Janeiro. Their repertoire included Brazilian favorites by Dorival Caymii and Antonio Carlos Jobim arranged by Jason Heald, and several new a cappella arrangements.
Daughter of Erin is performed on the Emerald Isle!
The Roseburg Concert Chorale featured Daughter of Erin, a new cantata by Jason Heald, on its tour of Ireland in March 2013. The cantata tells the story of Maud Gonne, the fiery Irish revolutionary, through original lyrics and settings of poems by William Butler Yeats. Mezzo-soprano Donna Spicer was featured as the voice of Maud Gonne. The Roseburg Concert Chorale tour included performances in Dublin, Kilkenny, and Cork.
Vocal Jazz selections featured
on 2012 Umpqua Singers Tour to Ukraine:
Державний Гімн України
( Ukrainian National Anthem) ........................................... PDF
Chervona Ruta (Червона рута in Ukrainian) is a popular Ukrainian song written
by Volodymyr Ivasyuk in 1968 and performed by many singers. The song was
never copyrighted and therefore is considered the Ukrainian folk song.