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Entertainment Update for May 7

Sunny & Mitch at The Pines

This week at The Pines Tasting Room: Friday, May 9, 7-9 p.m., Sunny & Mitch. This smooth and soulful duo will delight you with sultry vocals and acoustic guitar. The Pines Tasting Room, 202 Cascade Ave., Hood River; 541-993-8301.

Voci ‘around the world’ concerts continue May 11-12

The Voci Community Chamber Choir and Interludes Vocal Ensemble invite audiences to share choral music from around the world, as the singers present two concerts, May 11 at 2 p.m., and May 12 at 7 p.m. Both performances will be in the Bowe Theatre at Hood River Valley High School.

Music director Mark Steighner notes that the eclectic program includes music from 19th century America, Latvia, Sweden, Israel, Africa, and the United Kingdom. “We’re calling this concert ‘Around the World in Song’ because it’s like a musical travelog.”

One of the highlights of the concert will be the premiere performance of a Latvian folk song, “Ai, Dievini,” arranged by noted composer and PSU Choral Director Ethan Sperry. “Ethan has traditionally arranged music from India and other Asian cultures, and so this new piece is a bit of a departure. It is also Voci’s first premiere.”

The Interludes, a small vocal ensemble made up of Voci members, will be adding to the program music by Eric Whitacre, Daniel Pinkham, and others.

The program is free but a there is a suggested donation of $10, which helps support the ensembles sponsored by the Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association.

Solstice brunch with Moe Dixon

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Solstice Wood Fire Cafe on the Hood River waterfront with live music on the patio with nationally acclaimed acoustic guitarist Moe Dixon, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Reservations are highly encouraged. Solstice Wood Fire Cafe, Hood River Waterfront, 501 Portway Ave., Hood River; 541-436-0800.

Second Saturday Dance May 10

The Second Saturday Country Dance is Saturday, May 10, at 7 p.m. at the Rockford Grange, Barrett Road in Hood River. The caller will be Sue Baker and the band will be the Mill Creek String Band. Dance lessons will begin at 7 p.m. All ages welcome. No partner required. Family-friendly. All dances walked through first time.

Enjoy an evening of country squares, contras, circle dances and a few waltzes. Admission is $6 for members, $7 for non-members, $1 for youth and students. Please bring snack treats for break time. Call Keith Harding at 541-352-7550 or Tom Hons at 541-386-5771 for further information.

Gorge Winds concert May 11

The Gorge Winds Concert Band proudly presents the 2014 Spring Concert on Sunday, May 11, at 2 p.m. in The Dalles Civic Auditorium.

A special guest performance by Corin Parker will feature Leonard Bernstein’s “Rhapsody in Blue” on piano. Other great works to be included are “Along an English Countryside,” “Tuscola Mountain Celebration,” Mancini Spectacular, “Prelude and Fugue in G Minor” and a local trumpet trio playing Leroy Anderson’s famous “Bugler’s Holiday.” Co-conductors are Larry Loop and Nathan Parker. The 2 p.m. concert has free admission (donations welcome) with refreshments at intermission. The concert takes place in the Civic Auditorium at Fourth and Federal streets, The Dalles. Celebrate Mother’s Day with Gorge Winds for a delightful afternoon of music.

Dance the Cumbia May 9

The Secret Salsa Society has invited dog-loving instructors Lynn and Mark (dancethat.com) to teach Cumbia at Mt. View Grange in White Salmon on Friday, May 9. The lesson starts at 7:30 p.m., but come early and meet some of the Hood River Adopt A Dogs. Donations to Adopt A Dog will be accepted or bring durable toys or yummy training treats. All ages welcome, no partner or experience needed. Lessons are from 7:30-9 p.m. and the social dance goes until 10:30 p.m. Admission is $10.

BYU Singers in HR May 8

With flawless phrasing and exacting intonation, the Brigham Young University Singers have won international competitions and built worldwide relationships with choral musicians and audience members alike. The superb performance abilities of this 40-voice ensemble will create a must-see concert to be performed at the Hood River Middle School on Thursday, May 8, at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at Waucoma Bookstore in Hood River and Klindt’s Booksellers in The Dalles.

Entertainment listings can be emailed to jdrake@ hoodrivernews.com.

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