Siri Vik: Do I Move You?
The Life and Music of Nina Simone
Fri, Apr 15 - Sun, Apr 17
Jaqua Concert Hall, The Shedd Institute
“...I’ll tell you what freedom is to me: No fear. I mean, really, no fear! If I could have that half my life, no fear, that’d be something a new way of seeing...” -- Stephen Rodis, Nina Simone: A Historical Perspective (1968)
Nina Simone was not a jazz, blues, folk or pop singer. Or she was all those things. She once said, if her music must have a label it would be most accurate to call it “Black classical music.” Even with that, though, she can’t really be categorized. She sang and played whatever she pleased. It was always the truth.
“Nina Simone was the greatest interpreter of sadness and feelings of our times.” -- Miles Davis
“...where jazz artists explore the melodic and harmonic possibilities within any given song, Nina Simone’s artistry is about exploring the emotional and spiritual possibilities. More to the point, she used a piece of music as a vehicle to achieve emotional and spiritual states.” -- world music critic Randall Grass, Great Spirits
Most fans, friends, music critics and fellow artists remember Nina Simone’s unique power to transform an audience -- even to affect trance, transport, transcendence. She was dubbed the “High Priestess of Soul” by a record label. That might have been clever branding at the time, but the phrase is not in her case hyperbole. In the world, she was untampered, imperious, unstable and difficult at times. In music, she was uncompromising -- a force to be reckoned with. Despite or because of her musical gift, Nina Simone suffered. A sore grief over failing to realize her dream to become a concert pianist never quite healed. Her rage against racism and discrimination in the US never resolved. She lived and worked through mental illness, violence, and huge loneliness. She was, in a way, a wounded healer. In the end, her gift endures. Her music has the uncanny power to move at-depth today.
I first heard Nina Simone’s voice at 19, on a soundtrack to a movie. I wore out that first $3.99 greatest hits cassette tape. I felt like I had discovered a precious treasure. I felt a kinship with her music, her aesthetic. These 25 years later, her music and her message take my breath away, continue to reveal to me...well, big, expansive stuff. To explore this one-of-a-kind artistic voice at The Shedd and for you all -- oh! It is for me a great, great joy.
Our show includes songs which are among Nina Simone’s best: "I Loves You Porgy", "Sinnerman", "My Baby Just Cares for Me", "Little Girl Blue", and (how could we leave it out?) "Feeling Good". We will also perform some of her lesser-known, though exquisite, pop, folk and classical song interpretations. Truly, as a vast number of songs and styles in her discography are considered “essential” Nina Simone, this program is eclectic, diverse and powerful as the pianist- singer herself.
On that last, yet very important note, the piano: I am most delighted to partner with Eugene pianist and arranger Nathan Alef, along with band members Jesse Cloninger, reeds; Milo Fultz, bass; Jack Radsliff, guitar and drummer Merlin Showalter, in creating this layered and moving musical story of a true original American musical voice, Nina Simone. -- Siri Vik

Camber Music America/Doris Duke Charitable Trust This concert is eligible for The Shedd's Free Shedd Jazz Student Ticket program, which makes a limited number of free tickets to 2015-16 Shedd jazz concerts available to students elementary through college. The program is made possible by a grant from Chamber Music America and Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Contact The Shedd Ticket Office for information.
Event Personnel
Siri Vik, artistic director, vocals
Nathan Alef, music director, piano
 My Baby Just Cares For Me
(1930) Whoopee
Words by Gus Kahn - Music by Walter Donaldson
 I Loves You, Porgy
(1935) Porgy And Bess
Words by Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward - Music by George Gershwin
 Exactly Like You
(1930) Lew Leslie's International Revue
Words by Dorothy Fields - Music by Jimmy McHugh
 You Can Have Him
(1949) Miss Liberty
Words & music by Irving Berlin
 The Black Swan
(1946) The Medium
Words & music by Gian Carlo Menotti
 Be My Husband
Words & music by Andy Stroud
 Little Girl Blue
(1935) Jumbo
Words by Lorenz Hart - Music by Richard Rodgers
 Mississippi Goddamn
Words & music by Nina Simone
(1927) Mahagonny-Songspiel
Words by Bertolt Brecht - Music by Kurt Weill
Words & music by Gene Taylor
Words by Paul Laurence Dunbar - Music by Nina Simone
 Forbidden Fruit
Words & music by Oscar Brown Jr.
 Feeling Good
(1964) The Roar of the Greasepaint - The Smell of the Crowd
Words & music by Anthony Newley, Leslie Bricusse
 I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free
Words by Dick Dallas - Music by Billy Taylor
 Do I Move You?
Words & music by Nina Simone
 Wild Is The Wind
(1956) Wild Is the Wind
Words by Ned Washington - Music by Dmitri Tiomkin
 Sinner Man
(c. 1890s)
Words & music by traditional U. S.
Words by Paul Laurence Dunbar - Music by Nina Simone
 Alone Again
Words by Nina Simone - Music by Gilbert O'Sullivan
 My Baby Just Cares For Me
(1930) Whoopee
Words by Gus Kahn - Music by Walter Donaldson
Featured composers, lyricists, creators
traditional U. S., -
Irving Berlin, 1888-1989
Bertolt Brecht, 1898-1956
Leslie Bricusse, 1931-
Oscar Brown Jr., 1926-2005
Dick Dallas, -
Walter Donaldson, 1893-1947
Paul Laurence Dunbar, 1872-1906
Dorothy Fields, 1905-1975
George Gershwin, 1898-1937
Ira Gershwin, 1896-1983
Lorenz Hart, 1895-1943
DuBose Heyward, 1885-1940
Gus Kahn, 1886-1941
Jimmy McHugh, 1895-1969
Gian Carlo Menotti, -
Anthony Newley, 1931-1999
Gilbert O'Sullivan, -
Richard Rodgers, 1902-1979
Nina Simone, 1933-2003
Andy Stroud, -
Billy Taylor, -
Gene Taylor, -
Dmitri Tiomkin, 1894-1979
Ned Washington, 1901-1976
Kurt Weill, 1900-1950
April, 2016
Fri 15, 7:30 pm: Eugene
Sat 16, 7:30 pm: Eugene
Sun 17, 2:00 pm: Eugene
Ticket/Venue Info
Siri Vik: Do I Move You? Ticket Prices
Seat LvlFull PriceDiscount Prices
10%  15%  20% 
Gold34.00  30.75  29.00  27.25  -  
A28.00  25.25  24.00  22.50  -  
B24.00  21.75  20.50  19.25  -  
C20.00  18.00  17.00  16.00  -  
O16.00  14.50  13.75  13.00  -  
Student Free0.00  0.00  0.00  0.00  -  
Jaqua Concert Hall
The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
285 E Broadway
Eugene, Oregon
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