February 4, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OREGON SYMPHONY PERFORMS WITH STUDENTS FROM THE
BRAVO YOUTH ORCHESTRAS
ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF EL SISTEMA
(PORTLAND, Ore.) – As part of its continuing commitment to strengthening and supporting music education in public schools, the Oregon Symphony brings Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf to the students of Rosa Parks Elementary School.
Thursday, February 12
Charles Jordan Community Center, 9009 N Foss Ave
(by invitation only)
Conducted by Resident Conductor Paul Ghun Kim, the concert—“Musical Images”—is geared toward elementary school students, inviting them to use their imagination as they listen to Prokofiev’s classic tale. Narrated by Pam Mahon, the concert also features selections from Ibert, Hindemith, and Haydn.
More than just a concert
The event also will include the Symphony’s first-ever, side-by-side collaboration with the 24 third- and fourth-grade string students of BRAVO Youth Orchestra at Rosa Parks School. These students will perform—along with their Oregon Symphony colleagues—two works by African-American composers in honor of Black History Month. The first piece will be Lafitte’s “La Bella Cubana,” and the performance concludes with a rousing rendition and sing-along of Shropshire’s traditional “We Shall Overcome.”
The date of the concert—February 12, 2015—marks the 40th anniversary of El Sistema, the worldwide movement with programs in 55 countries. There are over 100 in the U.S., and BRAVO is the first in Oregon, established in Fall 2013. With the work of teaching staff, board members, and Rosa Parks Principal Tamala Newsome, BRAVO’s impact on individual learning, personal lives, and school culture continues to grow.
The Oregon Symphony works closely with this student orchestra and Rosa Parks Elementary School. In August, BRAVO Rosa Parks debuted on the Waterfront stage during the afternoon festival prior to the Symphony’s performance. And in recent months, the Symphony has brought international guest soloists violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and cellist Alban Gerhardt to perform and teach at the school.
Rosa Parks Principal Tamala Newsome commented on the significance of this relationship and its importance to Rosa Parks students: “The partnership between the musicians of the Oregon Symphony and the up-and-coming musicians at our school is an outstanding opportunity for mentorship, and it’s literally priceless. You can’t put a price on what the Symphony is giving of their time and talent, and they are opening doors for our students that we didn’t even know existed a couple years ago.”
These performances—and all of the Oregon Symphony’s education and outreach efforts—are possible because of the generosity of our many donors and the Arts and Education Access Fund.
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