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Here are a couple upbeat arts items to start the week off:

Joe Zingo and Jim Roberts, the driving forces behind (and owners of) the delightful Actors Cabaret of Eugene, got married over the weekend, according to a much-commented on Facebook post.

It took them only 45 years to get to the altar!

Anyone who’s been to a show at ACE — or had a kid in a production there — knows how much Jim and Joe have meant to the Eugene theater community. So best wishes to both of them.

In other news, the two winners in the Oregon Mozart Players’ inaugural Young Soloists Competition, held Sunday evening at the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance, are 13-year-old Eugene violinist Claire Wells (Junior division) and 14-year-old Bend violinist John Fawcett (Senior division).

ClaireWells-224x300Claire is a violin phenom. When I met her four years ago — she was 9 — she and her father played a short piece for me at her Eugene home.

I wrote then in The Register-Guard: “The music flowed from the little violin like a voice from beyond. She literally leaned into the music as she played, her bare feet splayed in a wide, athletic stance on the carpet, her entire being focused on the commanding sound she was producing.”

They will be invited to perform at OMP’s regular season concert in Beall Concert Hall on Jan. 31.

Congratulations, all!

 

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