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March 24, 2022 at 3:17pm

Oregon Symphony returns to Willamette University in October

The Oregon Symphony performs at Smith Auditorium in Salem in November 2019 (Courtesy/Danielle Peterson, Oregon Symphony)

The Oregon Symphony is kicking off its Salem season this October.  

Musicians are returning to Willamette University’s Smith Auditorium for six concerts, according to a news release from the Portland-based ensemble. Season tickets are on sale now.  

Scott Showalter, president and CEO of Oregon Symphony, said the upcoming season features an array of programs that celebrate music across genres and cultures.  

“The Oregon Symphony has long been committed to moving music forward, and this season is no different,” Showalter said in a release about the symphony.  

The first series kicks off on Oct. 21 with Strauss & Nielsen: Hope and Human Spirit, conducted by Music Director Laureate Carlos Kalmar, which explores the hope and invincibility of the human spirit.     

The full list of Oregon Symphony’s performances in Salem for the 2022-2023 season can be found below:   

Salem Series A 

Strauss & Nielsen: Hope and the Human Spirit, October 21, 2022 

Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony and Violinist Vadim Gluzman, January 27, 2023 

Classical Gershwin with the Oregon Symphony, May 12, 2023   

Salem Series B 

Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony, November 4, 2022 

Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony, January 13, 2023 

Music of (In)Tolerance: from Mendelssohn to Wagner, March 10, 2023

Ticket information and pricing can be found at www.orsymphony.org or at 503-228-1353. 

-Saphara Harrell

March 24, 2022 at 3:01pm

Roth's Fresh Markets buys Chuck's Produce and Street Market in Vancouver

Roth's Fresh Markets on Wallace Road Northwest in Salem. (Ardeshir Tabrizian/Salem Reporter)

Salem-based Roth's Fresh Markets announced it has acquired Chuck's Produce and Street Market in Vancouver, Washington.

Chuck's will retain its name and employees, according to a news release.

The grocer has locations in the Mill Plain and Salmon Creek areas of Vancouver.

“At Roth’s, we share Chuck’s Produce and Street Market’s commitment to supporting local first and delivering the freshest local products to our customers. We’re an active part of every community we serve and just like Chuck’s, we have been recognized in our communities with numerous customer choice awards,” said Tim Jennings, president of Roth’s, in the news release.

Roth's announced in October that it would end local ownership as president Michael Roth retired.

The company sold to Pattison Food Group, a Canadian company based in Vancouver, British Columbia, that owns grocers including Save On Foods.

-Ardeshir Tabrizian

March 24, 2022 at 1:03pm

Oregonians concerned about hospital capacity, political polarization, survey says

(Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Oregonians remain worried about local hospitals lacking beds and staff to treat all patients and about political polarization both nationally and across the state.

Those were the findings of an early February poll of nearly 1,600 Oregon residents by the Oregon Values and Beliefs Center, a nonpartisan research organization. Findings were released this week.

The survey found 81% of Oregonians were either very or somewhat concerned about hospitals not having enough staff to treat all patients, down from 86% in an October survey. Oregonians in the Portland Metro area (86%) and Willamette Valley (78%) were more concerned than the rest of the state (76%).

Oregonians' opinions about school safety during Covid remained about the same as in October, with 48% saying schools are doing a good job minimizing the spread of the virus, 21% saying schools are not doing a good job, and 30% unsure. The survey was conducted before the state lifted its mask mandate in local schools.

Political polarization was a concern for most respondents, with 88% saying the U.S. and 74% saying Oregon are politically divided. Among those who felt the country and state were polarized, nearly all said they were very or somewhat worried about the trend.

About 19% of those surveyed said they believed there was widespread fraudulent voting in the 2020 election which changed the election results, despite numerous independent audits and assessments to the contrary.

Oregonians were also asked their view about the violent effort to stop the certification of election results at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Of those surveyed, 44% described the event as an "attempted coup or insurrection," 26% as a "riot out of control," 8% as a "reasonable protest" and 10% said the events were carried out by opponents of Donald Trump, such as antifascists and government agents.

-Rachel Alexander