Music, theater, movies and more are on the March arts list

March into spring with an array of events sure to inspire and speak to your inner artist.

Learn about the history, symbolism and process of creating pysanka, one of the most recognizable folk art forms for celebrating Easter in Ukraine. Or take in one of the many programs in the music and dance departments at the School of Music and Dance that will showcase their end-of-term concerts and performances.

And don’t miss the annual DisOrient film festival, which will feature a phenomenal lineup of in-person and virtual Asian American-, Native Hawaiian- and Pacific Islander-themed documentaries, feature films and shorts. Be sure to check out the UO Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies Theater’s science-fiction focused play “Mission Ten.”


UO Gospel Choir

At Beall Concert Hall, renowned performer and teacher of the organ and harpsichord Carole Terry will perform March 2 as the 2022-23 John D. Hamilton Visiting Guest Artist. And recognized throughout the Northwest for its interpretation and performance of a wide variety of jazz styles, the UO Jazz Ensemble will perform March 3. Don’t miss the UO Symphony Orchestra’s winter concert March 9, the UO Wind Ensemble’s winter concert led by conductor Dennis Llinas on March 10, and a lively and inspirational performance on March 11 by the UO Gospel choir. Enjoy a recital by the Clarinet Studio on March 16 and Chamber Music on Campus on March 17.

Rounding out the roster at Beall will be a concert by the UO Chamber Choir and University Singers on March 18, a special performance by acclaimed Irish pianist Barry Douglas on March 19, and catch works prepared for winter term by the Bassoon Studio later that evening.

At Aasen-Hull Hall on March 3, the Elsewhere Ensemble with Kenneth Overton will present “Invocation” for soprano, baritone and string trio. An original music experience, the concert is a meditation on both religious and secular prayers centering on themes of peace, violence and faith.

On March 8 at the Frohnmayer Music Building, Horn Studio takes the stage for a recital presenting its winter term work; music technology students with Future Music Oregon will perform a concert March 11 and Jazz Combos will perform March 17.

On March 11 at the annual Musicking conference, don’t miss “The Effects of War on Musicking: The Music of Heinrich Schütz and his Contemporaries” at the Central Lutheran Church in Eugene.


In collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences, the Museum of Natural and Cultural History and the Oregon Folklife Network will highlight the artistic skills of two traditional Ukrainian artists this spring. On March 5, Kristine Mushkevych will demonstrate the egg-decorating art of pysanka.

Pysanka egg

Learn about the history, symbolism and process of creating pysanka, one of the most recognizable Ukrainian folk art forms of celebrating Easter in Ukraine.

On April 8, Tetiana Bondarchuk-Horner will showcase woven and embroidered decorative clothes, an element of a traditional Ukrainian home. For those who would like to further explore Ukrainian culture, visit “Amplifying Ukrainian Voices,” a Tiny Galleries exhibition at the Knight Library curated by Iryna Stavynska. The exhibit showcases work and stories of Ukrainian folk artists in Oregon and Ukraine’s rich heritage, with a focus on the strength and courage of Ukrainians in their current fight against Russia.

Creating visual illusions through colors, grids, shapes, patterns and textures, abstract artist Caroline Graham (Carl Does Art) will be on hand March 9 for “Illusive Illusions” at the Erb Memorial Union’s Aperture Gallery.


On March 9 at Dougherty Dance Theatre, come out and enjoy a dance performance by student dancers from the UO Department of Dance who have been honing their craft winter term.


Directed by Stanley Coleman, co-founder of Minority Voices Theatre, University Theatre opens “The Best of Enemies,” a true story about the relationship between Ann Atwater, a Black civil rights activist, and KKK Grand Cyclops C.P. Ellis, who forged an unlikely bond during the desegregation of Durham, North Carolina, schools in 1971. Shows will be March 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. and March 12 at 2 p.m.

On March 11 UO Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies Theater in collaboration with The Department of Theatre Arts and UO Housing will present “Mission Ten.” After the Tenth International Space Mission, astronauts lose contact with the mission centers on Earth and make an emergency landing. They discover the world as they know it has disappeared. The show is free and open to the public.


On March 1 the Department of Cinema Studies and UO Presents Film Club will screen the 1984 movie “Amadeus,” about the life, success and woes of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

On March 9 Ducks After Dark presents “Marcel the Shell with Shoes On,” a short film about a shell who is one of the only residents left in town after their neighbor’s sudden, mysterious disappearance. Free entry for UO community members with a valid UO ID.

Scene from the Filipino film  'Searching for Kapwa'

Don’t miss “DisOrient 2023: We Generation,” the 18th annual film festival devoted to Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander voices and stories. This year’s lineup of both in-person and vitual screenings include comedy, drama, feature-length and short films, and everything in between — from “Lunchbox,” “No No Girl” and “Searching for Kapwa” to “Year of the Rat” and “Namba: A Japanese American’s Incarceration and Life of Resilience.”


Join artist Olga Volchkova for “My Adventures in the Art of Nature” in the Knight Library Browsing Room on March 1.

On March 2 Salvador Jiménez-Flores, an interdisciplinary artist from Mexico, will present “Nepantla” as part of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series. Employing ceramics, prints and mixed media sculpture, Jiménez-Flores’ work addresses issues of colonization, migration and “the other.” Artist Alex Da Corte, who draws inspiration for his videos, installations, paintings and sculpture from the nuances of contemporary life, will present “Fun World” March 9.

'Worth Your Salt' exhibit

On March 5, Artist Malia Jensen will discuss her work “Worth Your Salt (Nearer Nature Project),” currently on view in the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art’s Common Seeing exhibition, “Our Shared Breath: Creativity and Community.” Jensen will share selected images and previous work and discuss artworks as shapeshifting containers for a multiplicity of stories and narratives.

Streaming resources

UO Libraries Resources, in partnership with the Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center, offers a vast catalog of streaming music, sound recordings and video collections online.

Explore the UO Channel for a variety of livestreamed events, Department of Art Visiting Artist Lecture Series videos, guest speakers and more.

—By Sharleen Nelson, University Communications