The Eugene Symphony has just completed its 45th season — and the return of its most celebrated conductor. Marin Alsop is the world-renowned music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. But in 1989 a young Marin held the reins of the Eugene Symphony. On Thursday, September 1 at 8pm, OREGON ART BEAT presents a tale of three women dedicated to an orchestra. One is relatively new — Sarah Viens, principal trumpet; one has been on board since the beginning — Sharron Smith, who plays the first violin; and one is famous — Marin Alsop, who became the first woman to conduct a major orchestra. Alsop returned to Eugene to guest conduct and remember, along with the rest of the musicians, the value of a small city orchestra.

Next ART BEAT visits Vancouver’s Maria Wickwire. She was a classroom teacher who had never touched clay before a visiting artist brought some in for her students. Now, she’s a professional ceramic artist, creating sculptures that explore the archetypal experiences of women.

There’s a lot to absorb when you look at a Trude Parkinson painting — more than immediately meets the eye. Turn her paintings over and you find a collage. Her visual/narrative combinations occasionally relate to each other, but Parkinson cautions not to try too hard to find a meaning in her works.

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OREGON ART BEAT, Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Emmy-Award winning local arts series, is in its 12th season. ART BEAT profiles Northwest artists, musicians and artisans — from an operatic baritone to a bit-and-spur craftsman to everything in between. The program airs Thursdays at 8pm and Sundays at 1am and 6pm. In the Mountain Time Zone of Eastern Oregon, the program airs at 9pm Thursdays and repeats at 7pm on Sundays. Funding for OREGON ART BEAT is provided in part by James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation and the Kinsman Foundation. More information is available online at

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