Upcoming musical performances

April 1, 2019:  Monday, 7:30 PM.  Premiere of Wicks’ piece “Four Seasonal Haiku,” for viola and cello, inspired by four original poems.  On the faculty duo recital “American Haiku” with violist Nina Bledsoe and cellist Daniel Saenz, at the Recital Hall of the Gaertner Performing Arts Center at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.  On the program, Bledsoe and Saenz will also play music by Shawn Head, Brian Herrington, Stephen Yip, and Brett Banducci.

April 5, 2019:  Friday, 7 PM.  “Love Is Strong as Death.”  The third performance of the thirty-minute opera composed by Wicks in 2017, with sopranos Alison Christiansen Seeber and Aimee Larsen Amend, and baritone Bennett Bailey, with Wicks at the piano.  Opening the program will be excerpts from other operatic works by Wicks.  At Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 West Main Street.  Donations accepted.

April 7, 2019:  Sunday, 4 PM.  “Love Is Strong as Death,” repeat performance of operatic program.  $15 admission, or contribute what you can.  Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem, 5090 Center St., Salem, Ore.

April 12, 2019:  Friday, 2 PM.  The Region VI conference of the Society of Composers, Inc., to take place at the Commerce campus of Texas A&M University, will include the premiere of Wicks’ “Three Songs on Poems of Willa Cather,” with baritone Andrew White, to whom the song cycle is dedicated.  Christopher will accompany at the piano.

April 12, 2019:  Friday, 7:30 PM.  Repeat performance of “American Haiku” program with violist Nina Bledsoe and cellist Daniel Saenz, to include a work composed for them by Wicks.  At the recital hall at the Gaertner Performing Arts Center at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.  See information for concert on April 1.

May 3, 2019:  Friday, 7 PM.  Sara Truelove, clarinetist, plays a recital with the sonata by Camille Saint-Saens, a concertino by Donizetti, and the premiere of the fourth clarinet sonata by C. Wicks, with Wicks at the piano, for First Friday Music at Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 West Main Street.  Donations appreciated.

July 5, 2019:  Friday, 7 PM.  A complete program of string quartets composed by Wicks, for First Friday Music at Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 W. Main Street.  Featuring the playing of the “Indomitable String Quartet”:  violinists Stephanie Barth and Michelle Reed, violist Juana Lopez Duran, and cellist Tommy Leinonen.  Donations appreciated.

August 18, 2019, Sunday, 3 PM.  Wicks’ thirteenth annual concert at the Christian Science Church at 935 High Street SE in Salem.  Works by Bach, Beethoven, and Mr. Wicks himself, with cooperation from cellist Katherine Parks and others.  Donations accepted.

September 6, 2019:  Friday, 7 PM.  Recital for First Friday Music at Silverton United Methodist Church, played by violinist Stephanie Barth with Wicks at the piano.  Repertory to include the F major sonata by Antonin Dvorak, the Concerto No. 5 by W.A. Mozart, and a premiere of a little “Gavotte” by Wicks.  203 W. Main Street.  Donations appreciated.

October 4, 2019:  Friday, 7 PM.  Presentation of “I Know that God Is Good:  St. Theresa of Lisieux,” a chamber oratorio about a nineteenth-century French Carmelite and her devotion to God.  Music composed by Wicks, who will play the organ, together with a soprano, a trumpeter, and reader Ellen Yager.  Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 W. Main St.  Donations appreciated.

November 1, 2019:  Friday, 7 PM.  Mitch Iimori, oboist and eminent musical personality from Portland, plays for First Friday Music at Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 W. Main St.  Wicks will accompany him at the piano, and the program will include the premiere of Wicks’ new oboe sonata.  Donations appreciated.

December 8, 2019:  Sunday, 3 PM.  Tenth Annual Advent Organ Recital at the Mount Angel Abbey Church, One Abbey Drive, St. Benedict, Oregon.  Music by Bach, de Grigny, Titelouze, and Mr. Wicks himself, together with alto Ellen Gordon Yager.  Donations appreciated.