All that jazz - John Stowell

Jazz guitarist John Stowell will perform with Eastern Oregon University's Matt Cooper and the 45th Parallel ensemble on the steps of Loso Hall Thursday, May 27, 2021, at 3 p.m. The performance is part of EOU's first ever Music Week, presented alfresco on the La Grande campus.

LA GRANDE — The sounds of live jazz, classical, show tunes and calypso music have been wafting across the campus of Eastern Oregon University this week from the makeshift stage at the steps of Loso Hall.

The first-ever outdoor Eastern Oregon University Music Week began May 24 and on the La Grande campus. Afternoon performances run from noon to 5 p.m. through Friday outside Loso Hall, featuring the jazz ensemble 45th Parallel, EOU Chamber Choir, Grande Ronde Symphony Strings, faculty ensembles, senior showcase performances, and the Elgin High School Calypso Band.

The week closes Friday, May 28, with a “Root Beer Choir” that invites attendees to sing along.

A highlight of the event is a collection of eight 10-minute musicals. Each mini musical includes a cast of two to eight actors and covers an entire narrative within its narrow window of time. You can still catch all eight shows back-to-back from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.

Sarah Plummer, violinist

Violinist Sarah Plummer, winner in the Young Student category of the Concerto+Aria Competition, will perform with the Grande Ronde Symphony Strings Wednesday, May 26, at 4 p.m. outside Loso Hall on the Eastern Oregon University campus in La Grande.

All performances are free and open to the public. Free parking is available, and seating is provided. Learn more at www.eou.edu/music. The week's remaining schedule is below:

Wednesday, May 26

noon — EOU Chamber Choir

2 p.m. — 45th Parallel

3 p.m. — bucket drumming

4 p.m. — Grande Ronde String Orchestra with Sarah Plummer

Thursday, May 27

noon-1:30 — 10-minute musicals

2 p.m. — 45th Parallel

3 p.m. — 45th Parallel with guitarist John Stowell and Matt Cooper

Friday, May 28

noon-1:30 — 10-minute musicals

2 p.m. — 45th Parallel

3 p.m. — Root Beer Choir

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