For immediate release: May 14, 2018
Media Contact— Liz Bacon Brownson
PORTLAND, OR — On Sunday, June 24th at 4 PM, join Resonance Ensemble for BODIES, as they celebrate gender identities, sexualities, and the LGBTQIA community’s work toward civil rights and understanding. This concert will be held at Cerimon House and in partnership with Pride Northwest and is an official Pride NW event.
Resonance Ensemble’s 2017-18 season is inspired by the events of this time of intense political and social upheaval, and aims to reflect the world we want to see: people coming together to gain new perspectives, and to be moved by our shared humanity. This inspiration merges beautifully with the mission of Pride Northwest - an organization dedicated to encouraging and supporting positive diversity, and educating all people by developing activities that showcase the history, accomplishments and talents of the LGBTQIA community.
BODIES features compositions and performances by LGBTQIA artists, including a selection from Craig Hella Johnson’s Considering Matthew Shepard; Dominick DiOrio’s The Visible World, a work about marriage equality from diverse historical perspectives; and a selection from composer Laura Kaminsky’s work As One, written for mezzo-soprano (Beth Madsen Bradford) and baritone (Damien Geter), which depicts the experiences of its sole transgender protagonist, Hannah, as she endeavors to resolve the discord between herself and the outside world.
Other special guests include:
- Stephen Marc Beaudoin (Executive Director of Maryland Symphony) and long-time Resonance Ensemble member), singing pieces by gay composers on the theme of PRETTY
- Portland writer and Resonance Poet in Residence, S. Renee Mitchell, performing an original work written for BODIES
- Vakare Petroliunaite, singing a poignant arrangement of Harold Arlen's Somewhere Over the Rainbow
- Debra Porta, Executive Director of Pride Northwest.
- Portland's beloved pianist David Saffert
Following the concert, the audience will have the chance for a conversation with the concert collaborators. Light refreshments will be available.
Resonance Ensemble Presents: BODIES – An Official Pride NW Event
WHEN: Sunday, June 24, 2018 | 4 pm
WHERE: Cerimon House — 5131 NE 23rd Avenue
COST: $30 GENERAL ADMISSION | $25 SENIOR | $15 STUDENT/ARTIST | $5 ARTS FOR ALL
Note to Journalists: Katherine FitzGibbon is available for print, online, and broadcast interviews. If you would like more information on this event or would like to schedule an interview, please contact Liz Bacon Brownson at email@example.com or by calling 971-212-8034