Cosmonaut and The Thief

Satellite Ensemble, , Nick Jaina,

When: Thu., Oct. 18, 8 p.m. 2012

Portland songster Nick Jaina has been seeing other cities. Well, one city in particular—New York City, where two song cycles he collaborated on with the Satellite Ensemble have been given performances with dancers from the New York City Ballet. Tonight Jaina and the Satellites perform the music from those two pieces (without any dancers). Cosmonaut is based on a true story about a New Jersey trucker who wanted to become an astronaut, and The Thief is about a hoarder of disused toys, with a secret lair underneath a river. Jaina leads the string ensemble on piano (the group includes Kaylee Cole, Amanda Lawrence, and Anna Schott), and even without the dance element of the performance, it promises to be an intriguing, assured evening of Jaina's excellent songwriting. It sounds like a one-time deal, too, so don't miss it. NED LANNAMANN

Price: $8

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