Portland composers and classical musicians are uniting on President’s Day, February 20, 2017, to present a concert entitled, “Music of Hope and Empowerment.” Music of Hope and Empowerment is a benefit concert to fight hate and promote social justice. All the proceeds of the concert will be donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Dr. William Barber’s organization, “Repairers of the Breach,” and Causa Oregon.
Elden Rosenthal representing Southern Poverty Law Center is expected to speak at the event.
The concert will be performed at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 3880 SE Brooklyn Street, Portland Oregon, beginning at 7:30 pm. The program will feature music both new and old. Portland Composers Thomas DeNicola (piano) and Patrick McCulley (saxophone) will be performing their own compositions. Also featured is Stacey Phillip’s woodwind trio, “Prevailing Winds.”
Selections from Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet K. 581, Dvořák’s Piano Trio in F minor Op. 65, Poulenc’s song cycle, Banalités, as well as music by Beethoven, Brahms, and Astor Piazzolla will round out the program, along with a classical Japanese piece by Shingo Ikegami arranged for clarinet and koto. Performers include musicians from Classical Revolution PDX, the Portland Music Collective, String Theory, Trio Musicorum Medicorum, and mezzo-soprano Sadie Gregg.
Admission is via a minimum suggested donation of $10, payable at the door. In lieu of advance tickets, recent donation receipts from any of the benefiting organizations will be accepted for admission. Donation information is: Southern Poverty Law Center (https://www.splcenter.org, enter “Music of Hope and Empowerment” in the tribute field), Repairers of the Breach (http://www.breachrepairers.org/donate enter “Music of Hope and Empowerment” in the instructions or comments field) or Causa Oregon (http://causaoregon.org/donate/ enter “Music of Hope and Empowerment” after In honor of).