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Student Profile: Lauren

Lauren is a 5th grader at Rosa Parks School, now in her fourth year as a BRAVO violinist.  She is from a very musical family and finds that her involvement with BRAVO has made her appreciate it much more. She has learned a a lot about different kinds of music, especially likes jazz and also sad music. She loves her violin, hasn’t given it a name but considers  calling it Zapituza, a name she made up. Music has helped her to focus, and she believes it will open doors of opportunity for her. She would like to be a doctor, or maybe a lawyer (“I like arguing.”)

Lauren finds BRAVO to be hard work and sometimes boring.  Sometimes it’s fun, especially when they are preparing for a concert and the Teaching Artists become more “serious and strict.”  At first, she spent time copying the finger movements of another BRAVO child, and is proud that now she can figure out her fingering herself.

Lauren says of her family: ”I love my family.  They are very complicated. My sister is 12, funny. We are all goofballs, very silly. We like to laugh a lot. My dad’s side of the family lives in LA. I have lots of god-siblings. I admire my great-grandmother Nancy, who lives in L A with my grandmother. She is so chill. My sister is starting to play the clarinet in band, my uncle plays piano and raps. My other uncle plays drums and is silly. My cousins sing.”

One of Lauren’s BRAVO teachers says that she is a very talented visual artist and will be contributing to one of the BRAVO concerts with her art. She loves African designs.  Hopefully later this spring we will all get to see Lauren’s artistry honoring Wakanda!

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portrait by Rich Kolbell

Mar 15, 7pm: BRAVO Community Orchestra at U of P

Join us when our intergenerational Community Orchestra presents a program that spans centuries, featuring music by Bach, Elmer Bernstein, and the Chevalier de Saint-Georges. This is the BCO’s second concert under the leadership of our new conductor, Maestro Giancarlo Castro D’Addona and our new BCO manager, Marian Gutierrez.  They are BRAVO’s first Teaching Artists from… Continue Reading

BRAVO student profile: Joshua

  “I learned about BRAVO in first grade. No one can stop me; I’m gonna go.” So starts this conversation with 8 year old Joshua, a third grader at Cesar Chavez School. He is a flutist in his first year with BRAVO. He is from a musical family; one sister plays flute, another electric bass… Continue Reading

December 12, 6pm: BRAVO César Chávez Winter Concert

Join our incredible trio of ensembles from BRAVO César Chávez (Teresa Carreño, Marsalis, and D’Rivera) for an evening of music that will brighten your night! This year, we started a percussion program at Chavez, so our new percussionists (who are part of the Teresa Carreño ensemble) will be making their debut at this annual event!… Continue Reading

December 10, 7:30pm: BRAVO meets Fear No Music

Students in BRAVO’s Collective Composition elective at our afterschool program at Clarendon will share their musical explorations with Fear No Music at this concert featuring “emotional new works that examine issues such as gun violence, homophobia, migration, suicide and grief. The program includes works by David Del Tredici, Larry Bell, and the only performance ever of… Continue Reading

December 10: 2:45pm: BRAVO honors Dan Saltzman

BRAVO’s Teresa Carreño ensemble from César Chávez School will open this event honoring retiring Portland City Council Commissioner (and spearheader of the Portland Children’s Levy) Dan Saltzman.  This first-year wind and percussion ensemble (28 students this year!) will play a ~10-minute set as guests arrive, so don’t be late! 🙂 Monday, December 10 ~2:50-3:05 pm… Continue Reading

BRAVO student profile: Michael

  Michael is an 11 year old sixth grader at George Middle School.  This is his fifth year in the BRAVO After school program, and he loves his violin. He finds it entertaining. He also likes being pushed to work harder and learn more.  He particularly likes fast music, classical music and hip hop. Although… Continue Reading

December 5, 6pm: BRAVO Strings Winter Concert

Join our six (yes, six(!)) string ensembles for our annual winter concert.  Paper Violins will make a reappearance, medals will be awarded, BRAVO polos will be bestowed on our newest members, and eyes will not remain dry.  See you there!   Wednesday, December 5, 2018 6:00-7:30 pm Clarendon Regional Early Learning Academy 9325 N. Van… Continue Reading

December 5: BRAVO at First Unitarian

The Marsalis winds from BRAVO César Chávez School will join BRAVO ED Seth Truby for a meeting of the Alliance group.  Attendees will get to hear about BRAVO and how music changes everything, and then they’ll get to SEE that change in action, when the winds perform! Private Event Continue Reading