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What Would Lewis & Clark Listen To?

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  • Mary McDonald-Lewis
    Portland Sacred Harp Embarks on a Corps of Discovery with Portland Baroque Orchestra Friday and Saturday, March 18 & 19, 8:00 PM – First Baptist Church,
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 1, 2005
      Portland Sacred Harp
      Embarks on a Corps of Discovery
      with
      Portland Baroque Orchestra

      Friday and Saturday, March 18 & 19, 8:00 PM – First Baptist Church,
      downtown Portland
      Sunday, March 20, 3:00 PM – Kaul Auditorium, Reed College, South East
      Portland

      PORTLAND, OR [February 28, 2005] – On March 18, 19 and 20, Portland
      Sacred Harp will provide a demonstration of Shapenote singing for
      Portland Baroque Orchestra’s American stop on their Grand Tour Season.

      Members of PoSH will share music known by Thomas Jefferson and possibly
      sung by the men of the Corps of Discovery, as Lewis and Clark came west
      two hundred years ago. Because Shapenote singing is a participatory
      art, PoSH will teach a Shapenote song to the orchestra, and invite the
      audience to join in.

      Led by PBO artistic director Monica Huggett, the evening will also
      include period fiddle tunes performed by PBO violinists Rob Diggins and
      Adam LaMotte. They will perform some of the most popular American and
      French Canadian fiddle tunes of the era on their period violins,
      recalling the style of half-French, half-Omaha Indian Pierre Cruzatte,
      and George Gibson, both privates in the Corps of Discovery who
      entertained their comrades with rustic performances on violins that
      made the journey west from Missouri.  Monica Huggett will also lead a
      new adaptation by Jan Powell (founding artistic director, Tygres Heart
      Shakespeare Company) of John Gay's The Beggar’s Opera, performed with a
      cast of Portland’s finest soloists, including Christine Meadows and
      John Vergin, backed by the forces of Portland Baroque Orchestra.

      Pre-concert Lectures:
      One hour prior to each concert Dr. John Richards (Portland Symphonic
      Band, professor emeritus Lewis and Clark College) will explore the role
      music played in 18th Century American during the exploration of the
      West, focusing particularly on the types of music being presented at
      the performances. PBO’s pre-concert lectures are free to the public
      taking place near the concert venue prior to each regular subscription
      performance.

      Now in her tenth season as PBO Artistic Director, Monica Huggett is
      thrilled to bring new and uniquely American repertory and performance
      styles to the audience of Portland’s world-class period instrument
      ensemble and explore the role music played in the exploration of the
      West.

      Performance times and locations:
      8:00 p.m. Friday, March 18, 2005 at First Baptist Church, 909 SW 11th
      Avenue (at Taylor), Portland
      8:00 p.m. Saturday, March 19, 2005 at First Baptist Church, 909 SW 11th
      Avenue (at Taylor), Portland
      3:00 p.m. Sunday, March 20 at Kaul Auditorium, Reed College, 3203 SE
      Woodstock Blvd, Portland

      Ticket Information:
      Individual tickets are available for $22 to $39 ($15 for Students and
      Senior Citizens). $5 Student rush tickets are available five minutes
      prior to the start of each concert start. Call (503) 222-6000; (800)
      494-8497 or visit HYPERLINK "http://www.pbo.org" www.pbo.org to order
      single tickets.

      Portland Baroque Orchestra is funded in part by the Regional Arts &
      Culture Council and the William G. Gilmore Fund of the Oregon Community
      Foundation. American Airlines is Official Airline Sponsor of Portland
      Baroque Orchestra.
      Morgan Stanley is corporate sponsors of these performances and the
      supports PBO’s discounted student ticket program.

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