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Coming Attractions

March 6, 2013

I hope to send this message to a number of friends individually over the next few days, but I will post it for the Facebook world.  These will be nice events, but each of the organizations also needs your support through tickets or contributions.

I would like to encourage you to attend three events in the next month:
A)  Oregon Mozart Players next concert Intimate Encounters on Saturday March 9 at 7:30 pm at the First Christian Church.  The program is at  
more general information is at  .
B)  Eugene Opera’s production of “Dead Man Walking” on March 15 at 7:30 pm or March 17 at 2:30 pm.
Last year Eugene Opera took a chance by producing John Adam’s opera “Nixon in China” written in 1987.  It was a splendid production despite the limitations of an opera company in a comparatively small city.  The production was surrounded by dozens of community events exploring the background of the opera.
This year  Eugene Opera is again taking a chance by producing an even more modern opera (written in 2000) with a challenging message.  It tells the story of Sister Helen Prejean’s transformation by becoming the spiritual advisor to a brutal murderer who is executed at the end of the opera.  At present, our country seems to be engaged in some reconsideration of our very high rate of incarceration and executions, and this opera explores some of these issues without trying to give a definitive answer.  Again there are lots of community events surrounding the production and Sister Helen, who wrote a book of the same title on which the opera is based, will be here in person.  Look at   and
C)  Oregon Mozart Players Gala Auction “Music of the Spheres” on April 7 starting with a silent auction at 5:00 pm with dinner at 6:30 pm at the LCC Center for Meeting and Learning.
The following web site will list more and more auction items as we confirm their availability.  It already has some pretty interesting items so take a look!


Here is the menu (with the nice formatting all lost):

Seared Sirloin with Wild Mushroom Jus
Israeli Couscous
Pan Roasted Salmon
field greens with snap peas, strawberries,
pecans and honey vinaigrette
spring vegetables
roasted fingerling potatoes
Dessert Auction
Bid on an array of fabulous desserts
from our area’s best bakers!
Appetizers Hot: Sautéed Wild Mushrooms and Oregon Bleu Cheese;
Greek Savory Pie in Phyllo Dough with Sautéed Spinach, Onions and Feta Cheese;
Stuffed Mushroom Caps with Feta Cheese and Roasted Garlic
Appetizers Cold: Chef’s array of Canapés in Season;
Cucumber Cups with Oregon Pink Shrimp and Preserved Lemon
with Sautéed Spinach, Onions and Feta Cheese
If you have gotten this far, I actually want to strongly urge (rather than just encourage) you to attend as many of these events as possible.
Warm regards,
Theodore W. Palmer
Professor Emeritus of Mathematics
University of Oregon
(259 West 23d Avenue
Eugene, OR 97405-2855
541 343 6536)

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