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Orcas Center presents on Center Stage:

Amelia Lukas

Natural Homeland – Honoring Ukraine


A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Ukrainian Red Cross.
Saturday, March 26th – 7pm
Tiered Ticket Pricing:
$47, $25, $15
Orcas Center charges a $2 per ticket fee
Runtime: 75 minutes

Due to COVID Precautions, the following guidelines will be followed:

Advance ticket sales only: There will be no box office attendant prior to the performance
Proof of vaccination will be required at the door
Masks will be required inside of Orcas Center
These shows will be socially distanced with assigned seating
These guidelines will be changing April 19th. Please see our homepage for details.

Please note:

Due to contractual obligations, proof of vaccination and masking will still be required
to attend shows at Orcas Center until further notice.

**Orcas Center’s Tiered Ticket Pricing is based on the needs of your family. The variant in pricing is not based on seat location or dates of performances, rather, what you’re able to afford to help us to maintain our facilities and create quality programming.

Tier A is the true cost per patron of putting on show at the Orcas Center, Tier B is our standard rate, also subsidized by our generous donors, Tier C is a rate subsidized by our generous donors. **

Can’t attend live? The performance will be streamed at www.OrcasCenter.org each night and will be available for a limited time after the performance!  These livestreams do not require a ticket, and are offered for free, but if you enjoy the show we hope you will consider making a donation via one of the Donate buttons on the livestream page to help support the artists and Orcas Center’s livestream offerings.

Amelia Lukas

Natural Homeland – Honoring Ukraine

Music for flute, alto flute and piccolo that explores the meaning of “home” in light of current events

Orcas Center invites its audience to come together in honor of Ukraine with this specially designed program by Powell Flutes Artist Amelia Lukas. Experience the impressive range and beauty of this family of instruments as Lukas takes center stage with a timely tour de force program of music for solo flute, piccolo, alto flute, bass flute, and electronics: Natural Homeland – Honoring Ukraine.

Lukas, of Ukrainian heritage, will explore the meaning of “home” and our place in the world, especially in light of current events. A diverse and gorgeous array of music will weave together stories of natural and human disaster, political unrest and displacement, but also of hope and inner sanctuary. Lukas’ impressive career includes recitals at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Stone, and recent solo engagements with Chamber Music Northwest, Fear No Music, March Music Moderne, Cascadia Composers, Portland Taiko, the Astoria Music Festival, Music in the Woods, and for All Classical Portland’s live radio broadcasts. Learn more at amelialukas.com.

A uniquely arranged version of the haunting Ukrainian folk song Plyve Kacha featuring Martin Lund, sets the tone for the evening. This is a reflective, restorative and important program that draws expansive connections around ideas of shelter, belonging, and freedom, all offered through Lukas’ riveting performance, which conveys a “fine balance of virtuosity and poetry.” (The New York Times) The scope of extended techniques and global palette of sounds featured in these works is stunning, and rarely heard on the concert stage.

Accompanying her on the stage for the penultimate piece, I Will Not Be Sad In This World, is local choreographer Tiffany Loney – also of Ukrainian descent – who has created an original dance performance specifically for this event. Says Lukas, “In times like these where we can feel so disconnected from the world, I am grateful to be able to share a small part of my ancestry and artistry with the Orcas Island community.”

Watch Jake interview Amelia and Tiffany about the upcoming show:


Key works on the program include:

Plyve Kacha for flute, recorded tracks, traditional Ukrainian folk song arranged by the vocal sextet Pikkardijska Tercia; an incredible haunting lament on the horrors of war, used as a means to honor the “Heavenly Hundred” following the massacre at Maidan in 2014. Featuring special guest Martin Lund.

Within for piccolo, flute and alto flute with electronics, by Ian Clarke; considered “marvelous and dramatic… [with] sweeping soundscapes [that] evoke the beauty of East Africa and capture the most intimate emotion… Brilliant, brave, moving.” (Musician)

Move It for alto flute, by Carlos Simon, recipient of the 2021 Sphinx Medal of Excellence, recognizing extraordinary classical Black and Latinx musicians, and former Sundance/Time Warner Composer Fellow.

Four Blossoms Single Stem for flute, alto flute and piccolo by Pacific Northwest-based composer David Bernstein – inspired by writings from Black Elk Speaks and with lighting design emblematic of traditional hoop dances.

I Will Not be Sad in This World for alto flute and electronics by Eve Beglarian, considered a “humane, idealistic rebel and a musical sensualist,” by the Los Angeles Times; includes original dance by local artist Tiffany Loney.

Additional works by Lisa Marsh, Nadir Vassena, and Allison Loggins-Hull.

A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Ukrainian Red Cross.


Amelia Lukas Biography

Known for her especially pure tone, flexible technique, and passionate, committed performances, flutist Amelia Lukas performs with “a buoyancy of spirit that comes out in the flute, a just beautiful sound.” (Boston Globe)

A resident of Portland, Oregon, Amelia’s recent engagements include solo appearances with Chamber Music Northwest, Fear No Music, March Music Moderne, Portland Taiko, the Astoria Music Festival, Music in the Woods, and for All Classical Portland’s live radio broadcasts, with additional chamber and orchestral performances for the Eugene Symphony, Willamette Valley Chamber Music Festival, Portland Piano International, Friends of Chamber Music, 45th Parallel, Oregon Music Festival, and Bridgetown Orchestra. While in New York, Amelia’s career included membership in the American Modern Ensemble and performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Stone, Bargemusic, (Le) Poisson Rouge, Roulette, and New Music New York Festival. Lauded for her skilled interpretation of new music, Amelia “excels at bringing drama and fire to hyper-modernist works with challenging extended techniques.” (Oregon ArtsWatch)

Amelia Lukas holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music (London) where she received three prizes for musical excellence, and is a Board Member for Chamber Music Northwest. Learn more at amelialukas.com