Performing Arts

Dancing at Lughnasa – Spring 2024

Photography by KJ

Announcing our 2024-25 Season of plays, musicals & concerts!

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Heather Mastel-Lipson, Violin
Daphne Gooch, Viola
Kathryn Brunhaver, Cello
Crystal Zimmerman, Piano

September 20, 2024 • 7:30 p.m.
Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center • Hudson concert Hall

Kick off the 2024-25 Willamette University performing arts season in style with the Willamette Piano Quartet! This luscious ensemble – violin, viola, cello and piano – was beloved by composers including Mozart, Brahms, Mendelssohn, and Schumann. This performance will be an evening to remember.


In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he's had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom! Urinetown is a hilarious musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagements, municipal bonds and….musical theatre!

Preview: Thursday, October 31, 2024
Opening: Friday, November 1, 2024


  • 11/2 Saturday - 7:30 p.m.
  • 11/3 (matinee) Sunday - 2:00 p.m.
  • 11/6 Wednesday - 7:30 p.m.
  • 11/7 Thursday - 7:30 p.m.
  • 11/8 Friday - 7:30 p.m.
  • 11/9 (matinee and evening) Saturday - 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
  • 11/13 Wednesday - 7:30 p.m.
  • 11/14 Thursday - 7:30 p.m.
  • 11/15 Friday - 7:30 p.m.
  • 11/16 (matinee and evening) Saturday - 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
  • 11/17 Sunday - 7:30 p.m.

Far Away

This hour-long futuristic nightmare envisions a world where the promise of violence broods and nothing is to be trusted. Written by the celebrated author of Top Girls and Cloud Nine, this innovative work consists of three brief scenes. In the first, a young girl spending her first night in her new guardian's house witnesses a bloody slaughter. Next, the girl, now grown, is spending her first day working in a hat factory. There, she and a young man concoct funny and elaborate hats that are to be worn for a horrific purpose. In the final scene, the boy and girl, now wed, are seeking refuge from a global conflict – even the animals are on one side or another.

Preview: Thursday, February 13, 2025
Opening: Friday, February 14, 2025


  • 2/15 Saturday - 7:30 p.m.
  • 2/16 (matinee) Sunday - 2:00 p.m.
  • 2/19 Wednesday - 7:30 p.m.
  • 2/20 Thursday - 7:30 p.m.
  • 2/21 Friday - 7:30 p.m.
  • 2/22 (matinee and evening) Saturday - 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
  • 2/23 (matinee) Sunday - 2:00 p.m.

Fet es des Femmes

Performances by Willamette’s Award-Winning Music Faculty and Special Guests

Saturday, March 8 • 7:30 p.m.
Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center • Hudson Hall

In its fourth annual tribute to International Women’s Day, Willamette Music brings together an extraordinary array of performances from around the globe and through the decades, all in celebration of countless contributions women have made to the world of music. Join us in celebrating the timeless voices and talents that have paved the way for centuries of female musicians and artists.

Bloom Bloom Pow

Returning to her conservative Ohio town, non-binary Mag finds everything is dull and weird and not queer at all. While trying to keep it together despite desperate phone calls from their mom, chatty co-workers, and visions of melting ice caps and dead horses at the bottom of the east river, Mag's life gets decidedly more interesting (and sexy) when they meet The Creature and learn about the algae taking over the town's water supply. Will Mag save the city, or is it the algae's time to shine? Bloom Bloom Pow is inspired by 1950s monster movies as well as the real-life 2014 crisis in Toledo, Ohio, when the tap water became deadly for humans due to toxic algal blooms. Bloom Bloom Pow de-centers humans, elevates microorganisms, and celebrates queer joy in the face of climate devastation.

Preview: Thursday, April 10
Opening: Friday, April 11


  • 4/12 Saturday - 7:30 p.m.
  • 4/13 (matinee) Sunday - 2:00 p.m.
  • 4/16 Wednesday - 7:30 p.m.
  • 4/17 Thursday - 7:30 p.m.
  • 4/18 Friday - 7:30 p.m.
  • 4/19 (matinee and evening) Saturday - 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
  • 4/23 Wednesday - 7:30 p.m.
  • 4/24 Thursday - 7:30 p.m.
  • 4/25 Friday - 7:30 p.m.
  • 4/26 (matinee and evening) Saturday - 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

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Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.

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