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Bits & Pieces: PYP on tour

The Portland Youth Philharmonic will have a busy summer, preparing for and playing in the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago, July 5, with plans to play works by American composers Kenji Bunch, Henry Cowell and Christopher Theofanidis, as well as Brahms and Dvorak.

Carlos Kalmar, music director of the Oregon Symphony, as well as artistic director and principal conductor of the Grant Park festival, requested that PYP perform at the Chicago event.

The festival is touted as “the last free classical musical festival,” Kalmar says. So, if you’re in Chicago on July 5, take in PYP’s 7:30 p.m. performance. There’ll be a send-off concert at noon Wednesday, June 25, at Pioneer Courthouse Square.

PYP is celebrating its 90th season, under the leadership of musical director David Hattner.

“It will be great to hear such a fine young orchestra in our venue!” Kalmar says.

For info: www.portlandyouthphil.org.

Hall of Fame scholarships

The Oregon Music Hall of Fame has given $2,500 college scholarships to Kristin Qian (violin; Princeton), Gabriel Young (saxophone/oboe; University of Indiana Jacobs School of Music), Molly Burke (flute) and Kyle Zimmerman (saxophone; Berklee College of Music). They will be formally presented 5 p.m. Thursday, May 22, at Jimmy Mak’s, 221 N.W. 10th Ave. Mel Brown, OMHOF inductee, will perform.

For info: www.omhof.org.

A super ‘Superstar’

The national tour of re-imagined arena rock spectacular “Jesus Christ Superstar” will head to Portland for a performance at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 13, at the Moda Center. Tickets range from $39.50 to $174.50 in advance and are on sale (1-877-789-7673, rosequarter.com).

Among the actors will be Johnny Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten — the former Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd. vocalist — as King Herod. Other characters: Brandon Boyd (Judas Iscariot), JC Chasez (Pontius Pilate), Michelle Williams (Mary Magdalene), and Ben Forster (Jesus).

Once a staged musical by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, “Jesus Christ Superstar” already has been a hit in the United Kingdom and Australia.

Said Rice, in promotional news release: “In 1971 Andrew and I were thrilled by the first-ever ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ tour of the United States. We certainly did not imagine then that 43 years later we would be witnessing another America-wide tour of our first big hit show. We are delighted and grateful that enthusiasm for ‘Superstar’ has been maintained over the years. This new production presents the work in its most powerful format — as a true rock experience.”

Added Lydon: “I’m here to sing with the King of the Jews, who could ask for anything more?”

Roloff’s charity

An episode of “Little People, Big World” will be filmed as star Amy Roloff puts on “Amy Roloff’s Pop-Up Kitchen,” 4 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at Cheryl’s on 12th, 1135 S.W. Washington St. Seating is limited; call 503-595-2252 for info. Head of the Amy Roloff Charity Foundation, Roloff will host the event to benefit “little steps ... Big Change,” aimed at reducing aggression at schools. For info: www.amyroloffcharityfoundation.org.

Bark For Life

There was Doggie Dash recently, and Pug Crawl on May 18 ... in between, however, a new event, Bark For Life, hopes to use canines to help raise money for cancer. The event takes place at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 17, at Happy Valley Park, 13770 S.E. Ridgecrest Road, in Happy Valley. Dog owners are invited to walk their pets, visit pet service vendors, costume their furry friends and enjoy K-9 demonstrations to help raise money for the American Cancer Society. Bark For Life events are an off-shoot of Relay For Life in July.