Brahms Requiem, Waipuna and Meek Highlight February Performances at Pacific University

Forest Grove, OR – In February, Pacific University hosts a lively set of performing arts programs that feature Johannes Brahms’ longest composition, island music by an acoustic guitar group from Hawai’i, and a harrowing post-catastrophe theatrical production presented by an all-female cast. Each promises absorbing entertainment by accomplished performers.

Portland Community College-Rock Creek and Pacific University partner to present two performances of the German Requiem by Johannes Brahms. The choirs will be accompanied by a full orchestra and feature guest soloists baritone Richard Zeller and soprano Anne McKee Reed.

The first show is at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 in McCready Hall, Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center, on Pacific’s Forest Grove Campus. This performance is conducted by Pacific’s Scott Tuomi. The second show is at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at Village Church in Beaverton. This performance is conducted by PCC-Rock Creek’s Samuel Barbara. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for students and free for PCC and Pacific students and employees with school ID. Tickets are available online at pacificu.edu/brahms.

Hawai’ian guitar trio Waipuna bring an innovative brand of island music to the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8. The group has released five albums and won multiple musical awards, energizing the music of the islands for audiences at home and on the road. Tickets are available online and at the door.

An all-female cast conveys a chilling and unforgettable story in a production of Meek, by groundbreaking British playwright Penelope Skinner. The play, said The Guardian, “imagines a post-catastrophe society where Christian dogma has become so oppressive that even the faithful rebel. Think The Handmaid’s Tale with viral videos.” Performances at Warner Hall on Pacific’s Forest Grove Campus are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 6-8 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online and will also be available at the door.