Friday Family Concert Series feature free tickets

There’re back! Find out which musical groups are participating in the Community Music Center’s lineup this season – and how you can get in free …

CMC volunteer Carolyn Landsverk bags up popcorn for concertgoers at the “Family Friday Concert Series”.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
The Community Music Center (CMC) is presenting another season of Family Friday Concerts, designed to appeal to music lovers of all ages.

It’s wonderful seeing all the families come in looking so eager,” said CMC’s Director, Gregory Dubay, at an concert a few weeks ago. “The response to this series has been awesome; and evidence that programs like these – especially created for parents and their children to enjoy together – is really needed.”

Trevor Kaplan gets his hand stamped by Matthew Lachmann after paying for admission at this concert – but, for the rest of the season, the concerts are free!

Fifteen minutes before the concert, performed by the Oregon Symphony Brass Quintet, the auditorium was filled with expectant audience members. They weren’t disappointed; led by David Bamonte, musicians playing trumpet, French horn, trombone and tuba showed why they are considered the region’s top ensemble. They performed selections that clearly delighted their audience.

Outside the auditorium, Dubay said he had news to share. “We’ve received a Small Neighborhood Grant from Southeast Uplift, sponsoring the remainder of the concert series. This means all future concerts will be free to the public.”

Members of the Oregon Symphony Brass Quintet warm up before their concert.

Two concerts remain in series
If you haven’t been taking advantage of these fine concerts – as listed monthly in our Community Calendar – be sure to attend their April 9 event: Classical Revolution PDX.

Classical Revolution PDX is a network of musicians who come together to perform chamber music for the community. They feature a variety of musicians: symphony and ballet/opera orchestra members, conservatory and music school students, established chamber groups, cello project members, and amateurs that just really, really love chamber music.

The Oregon Symphony Brass Quintet plays to a packed house at the Community Music Center, during the “Family Friday Concert Series”.

You can still make a donation if you like; all proceeds from these volunteer-run concerts benefit music-lesson scholarships and other programs at the Community Music Center. It’s located at 3350 SE Francis Street. For more information, see their Internet website: CLICK HERE to view it.

© 2010 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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