The Pacific University Performing Arts Series showcases one of the biggest atmospheres for Pacific to show its commitment to the arts.
“We have a performing arts series here on campus that is open to the community and faculty, staff and students,” said Artistic Director of Performances Paula Thatcher, “We’ve had this going on since Taylor-Meade performing arts center was built back in the fall of 1993.”
This year was the 22nd annual Performing Arts Series, which included a range of musical talent.
“We have an eclectic mix, so there’s a little bit of everything,” said Thatcher. This year Taylor-Meade has held performances featuring pop-jazz group m-pact, the fiddle-playing, western swing Quebe Sisters, the mobile guitar festival InternationalGuitarNight,and indie quartet Darlingside.
This year’s series will finish with singer-songwriter Karla Bonoff on Saturday, April 2nd, in Taylor-Meade.
“She [Bonoff] has a beautiful voice, she sings with one other person who plays a guitar with her,” said Thatcher. “She’s real soulful. It’s almost like a solo act, it’s way different than a band.”
Bonoff started writing music at 15 and has continued writing and playing ever since.
Starting out solo for a while, Bonoff had previously played with the folk-rock band Bryndle, which included other singer-songwriters Andrew Gold, Kenny Edwards, and Wendy Waldman.
After Bryndle, she continued on as a solo artist, opening for many popular performers of the time, including James Taylor and Jackson Browne. In addition, she wrote songs for the motion picture “About Last Night” and sung a song for the 1984 classic film “Footloose”.
“There’s a mix of people, older people, younger people, that come to the shows,” said Thatcher.
Everyone is welcome to buy a ticket to Bonoff’s show Thatcher said; they can be purchased from the Pacific University Box Office or by calling 503-352-2918.