We bring the community together by hosting a wide variety of live music events that celebrate our heritage and expose us to new perspectives. From Celtic and bluegrass to jazz and rock & roll, the Pendleton Center for the Arts is a great spot to experience the power of live music. You can keep up with all our Facebook events HERE.
Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020
We’re excited to present our next event in the Portland Piano International Rising Stars series. At twenty-five years old, Baron Fenwick has performed throughout the United States. He has performed as a soloist with the Flint Symphony Orchestra, the Western Piedmont Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of Southern Maryland, the South Shore Symphony, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, the South Carolina Philharmonic, the Mannes Orchestra, and the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra, among others. His performance with conductor Erin Freeman and the South Carolina Philharmonic was called “brilliant” by David Lowry of the Columbia Free-Times. “His driving rhythm, virtuosic technique, musical treatment and careful attention to the ensemble were all stunning. Put two or three more years on this young man, and we might well have a major star.” Next date in the Rising Stars Series…Sunday, April 5th, 2 PM
Performer to be announced soon!
The EOCENES: Spring Fling!
Saturday, March 21, 7:00 PM
Ron Emmons, well known as the front man for the popular Cabbage Hill bluegrass band, will bring his classmates Hugh McClellan, Duane Boyer and Hal Spence back to PCA to help us celebrate the beginning of spring. The group will be joined by Alan Feves on bass and National Oldtime Fiddle Champion Doug Jenkins on fiddle. The EOCenes perform special shows for PCA during Round Up week – this special engagement is for those who can’t attend between busy rodeo events AND their super fans, who are excited to see great bluegrass any time of the year.
Saturday, April 11, 2020 at 7:00 PM
This new version of the tragedy written by Sophocles before 441 BCE by famed poet and classicist, Anne Carson will be performed in the round in the Pearson Auditorium at PCA. Starring Ashley Mellinger in the titular role and Paul Susi as Kreon with an original cello score composed and played live by Anna Fritz.
New World String Project
April 24, 2020, 7:00 PM
Stuart Mason and John Weed from Molly’s Revenge team up with Aryeh Frankfurter and Lisa Lynne for this show billed as “98 Strings and Mostly True Stories.“ These four highly skilled and well-known multi-instrumentalists — two veteran duo acts — recently joined forces to create an exciting weave of traditional world music. Ancient and modern sounds mingle freely on Swedish nyckelharpa, Celtic harp, fiddle, guitar, cittern, bouzouki, and more.
May 8, 2020. 7:00 PM
This Canadian Grand Master Fiddle and Step Dancing champion April Verch is a crowd favorite at PCA. The Ottawa Valley native has garnered praise from music’s heavy hitters including NPR, Rolling Stone, No Depression and more, for her fresh and feisty approach to deep North Americana. Verch’s signature sound blends together regional Canadian, American old-time, bluegrass, country and Americana, resulting in a well-rounded tour-de-force of traditional sounds.
Austin Piazzolla Quintet
Friday, June 12, 2020, 7:00 PM
The Austin Piazzolla Quintet specializes in the music of the late Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla as well as original nuevo tango compositions. Founded by James Anderson (violin) with Jonathan Geer (piano), Ben Thomas (bandoneon), Tony Rogers (cello), and Phil Spencer (bass). Coming from diverse musical backgrounds, the band continues the tradition of nuevo tango through intense live shows which feature unique arrangements of Piazzolla’s groundbreaking works, breathtaking original compositions, and fiery improvisation.
The Fire: Rebecca Lomnicky, David Brewer & Adam Hendey
Thursday, July 16, 2020
The group includes International Scottish Fiddle Champion Rebecca Lomnicky, multi-instrumentalist David Brewer of the popular Celtic band Molly’s Revenge, and Adam Hendey on guitar and bouzouki. Together, The Fire performs captivating Scottish music which bridges the gap between the fiddle and bagpipe music of Scotland—two worlds united, into a heartfelt and rousing musical experience.
THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, SEPT. 17 & 18
Round-Up wouldn’t be Round-Up without two big nights of bluegrass. Ron Emmons, well known as the front man for the popular Cabbage Hill bluegrass band, will bring his classmates Hugh McClellan, Duane Boyer and Hal Spence back to Round-Up Week. The group will be joined by Alan Feves on bass and National Oldtime Fiddle Champion Doug Jenkins on fiddle. Our auditorium has wonderful acoustics and this show provides the perfect break from the hustle and bustle of downtown for you and your rodeo guests.