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Save the date for concerts, plays from Labor Day through Thanksgiving

By Monika Spykerman, Columbian staff writer
Published: September 1, 2023, 6:04am

As the leaves turn golden and kids head back to school, performing arts organizations all over Clark County are tuning up for an eventful fall season. Here’s a list of concerts and plays between now and Thanksgiving so that you can plan ahead. Some details are still being finalized and some tickets aren’t yet on sale. Check websites or call the numbers listed below to get complete information.

Sept. 9: The Vancouver Community Concert Band will give a free one-hour concert at noon during the Vancouver Peace and Justice Fair in Esther Short Park, 605 Esther St., Vancouver. Learn more at vccb.us.

Sept. 10: The Vancouver Community Concert Band will offer a free, kid-friendly concert at 11 a.m. featuring pop music and marches during Columbia Play Project’s Grandparents’ Play Day in Marshall Park, 1069 E. McLoughin Blvd., Vancouver. Learn more at columbiaplayproject.org.

Sept. 15-Oct. 1: Love Street Playhouse presents “Who Stole My Dead Husband?” a musical comedy dinner show at Cloverlane Mercantile and Event Center, 16391 N.E. 182nd Ave., Brush Prairie. Performances are 7 p.m. Sept. 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30. Matinee shows are 2 p.m. Sept. 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and Oct. 1. Tickets are $64 and $69 and include a four-course, family-style Italian meal. Get tickets at lovestreetplayhouse.com or call 800-966-8865.

Sept. 17: The 38-voice Chor Anno will perform a free concert at 3 p.m. at Holy Redeemer Church, 17010 N.E. Ninth St., Vancouver. Members of the ensemble are primarily choir directors and singers who work or have taught in schools and colleges in Oregon and Washington. Learn more at choranno.org.

Sept. 23-24: The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra presents Ravel’s “Bolero,” featuring Antonio Pompa-Baldi, winner of the Cleveland International Piano Competition, at 7 p.m. Sept. 23 and 3 p.m. Sept. 24 at Skyview High School Concert Hall, 1300 N.E. 139th St., Vancouver. The concert also includes Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto No. 2” and Prokofiev’s “Symphony No. 4.” The pre-concert show Da Capo will air only on the livestream, to which all ticketholders have access. Tickets are $42, available at vancouversymphony.org.

Oct. 13-29: Magenta Theater presents “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks,” with performances at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 1108 Main St., Vancouver. Sunday matinees are 2:30 p.m. Lily, wife of a Southern Baptist minister, hires Michael, a gay dance instructor, to give her dance lessons. Antagonism gives way to compatibility as they dance their way to friendship. Tickets are $25 in advance or $28 at the door. Get tickets at magentatheater.com or call the box office at 360-949-3098.

Oct. 15: The 55-member Southwest Washington Wind Symphony opens its 19th season with “Synergy” at 3 p.m. at Union High School Performing Arts Center, 6201 N.W. Friberg-Strunk St., Camas. The program includes “The Grace in Being” by Julie Giroux and “Symphonic Dance No. 3 (Fiesta)” by Clifton Williams. Admission is free but donations are appreciated. Learn more at swwindsymphony.org.

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Oct. 22: The Vancouver Symphony Chamber Series presents its annual “Piano Extravaganza” at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 4300 Main St., Vancouver. Michael Liu offers a program highlighting the greatest works for classical keyboard. Tickets are $25, available at vancouversymphony.org.

Oct. 30: Reimagined Radio and Willamette Radio Workshop present a live performance of “The War of the Worlds” at 7 p.m. at Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver. The radio play, featuring voice actors and Foley artists, will follow the original 1938 broadcast script made famous by Orson Welles. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20, available at kigginstheatre.com. Learn more at reimaginedradio.net.

Nov. 3-19: Love Street Playhouse, 126 Loves Ave., Woodland, presents “Seeking Mister Hyde,” with performances at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17 and 18. Matinee shows are 2 p.m. Nov. 5, 12 and 19. Robert Louis Stevenson writes about a criminal who led a double life, but becomes obsessed by the notion of evil that can live under a veneer of respectability. Tickets are $23, on sale starting Oct. 3 at lovestreetplayhouse.com or by calling 800-966-8865.

Nov. 4-5: The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra presents “The Pines of Rome” at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 and 3 p.m. Nov. 5 at Skyview High School Concert Hall, 1300 N.E. 139th St., Vancouver. The concert, conducted by Sarah Ioannides with guest violinist Philippe Quint, features Respighi’s tone poem “Pines of Rome,” Vaughan Williams’ overture “The Wasps,” Corigliano’s “Chaconne for Violin” (theme for the film “The Red Violin”), Ravel’s “Tzigane” and Debussy’s “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun.” Tickets are $42 per person, available at vancouversymphony.org.

Nov. 11: The Vancouver Community Concert Band will offer a free Veterans Day concert at the Fairway Village Club House, 15509 S.E. Fernwood Drive in the Fisher’s Landing neighborhood of Vancouver. The band will perform patriotic favorites like “Stars and Stripes Forever,” “America the Beautiful,” “Yankee Doodle Dandy” and “This Is My Country,” as well as television and film scores such as “Ashoken Farewell” and “Hogan’s Heroes.” The concert’s time has yet to be determined but details will be at www.vccb.us.

Nov. 16: Vancouver Symphony Chamber Series goes “Back to the Movies” with a 7 p.m. showing of the 1922 horror masterpiece, “Nosferatu,” the first film adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.” The silent movie will be offered with live organ accompaniment. Tickets are $25, on sale at kigginstheatre.com. Learn more at vancouversymphony.org.

Nov. 17: The eighth annual Clark College Fall Choral Festival features 20 high school choirs performing before a panel of judges from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Gaiser Hall on Clark’s main campus at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver. The concert is open to the public. Tickets are $5. For more information, email Shelly Williams at sjwilliams@clark.edu or call 360-992-2662.

Nov. 18: The Clark College Jazz Band will offer its Fall Quarter Jazz Concert at 7:30 p.m. in Gaiser Hall on Clark’s main campus at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver. The concert is open to the public and admission is free. For more details, email Shelly Williams at sjwilliams@clark.edu or call 360-992-2662.

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